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September 2021

Meet the USD-Azrieli Student Collaboration Team

September 13, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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For the past three years, the MGSDII has funded a University of San Diego- Azrieli College of Engineering: Water Innovation professor-led student collaboration. This permanent USD course explores Israel’s innovation in water engineering. Students learn first-hand the similarities between California and Israel, a leading expert in sustainability and innovation. The Azrieli students will be visiting San Diego to continue their research. You are invited to meet the student teams, learn about the program, and enjoy dinner with them following a…

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October 2021

A Conversation with “Shtisel” Creator, Ori Elon

October 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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Join the MGSDII and the creator of the smash Netflix series Shtisel for an intimate look into the making of the show. Together, we will visit the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem with the man behind the stories! VIP boxed supper and meet and greet: 5:00 p.m. PDT Seating for general admission opens: 6:00 p.m. PDT Conversation begins: 6:30 p.m. PDT Four ways to attend! General Admission: $18 per person MGSDII Salon Members: Yearly donation of $1,000+  gains two people complimentary…

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December 2021

Global Antisemitism: A Zoom Conversation with Meir Litvak and Jonathan Sarna

December 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States

Anti-Semitism is at near historic levels across the globe, including in the United States. Meir Litvak (MGSDII Visiting Professor) will speak about Modern Islamist anti-Semitism and its effect on global perceptions of Israel in the changing Middle East. He will be joined by renowned scholar Jonathan Sarna, expert in American anti-Semitism, as they discuss global anti-Semitism in the 21st century. Co-sponsored by the MGSDII and the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. To register, please fill out this…

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MGSDII Salon Series: Preview Netflix’s Latest Series from Israel with Creator, Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz

December 12, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join the MGSDII and the creator of the new Netflix series What Happened in Oslo (additional trailer HERE) for a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the show, a political thriller, whose story originates at the Oslo Accords. Ronit will speak about her current series, as well as Israeli Television, and her role as one of Israel’s “leading ladies” of film and television. In addition to film, she was Editor-in-Chief at Keter Publishing House, one of the largest publishers in…

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January 2022

MGSDII Through the Lens: Israel’s Success in Television!

January 27 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Join MGSDII Visiting Professor and Creator of Netflix's "The Girl from Oslo," Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz, with Special Guest Star, Amos Tamam! The Girl from Oslo has become one of the most viewed series on Netflix! Join the MGSDII and creator Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz for a discussion about her hit series, what she is working on now, the Israeli television industry, and her role as one of Israel’s “leading ladies” of film and television. To join, please use this Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87853503337 Community Co-Sponsors:…

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February 2022

Israel’s English-Language Media and its Jewish-American Readers

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the MGSDII's Latest Visiting Professor, Gilad Halpern, for a Discussion on Israel's Booming English-Language Media Industry Over the last few decades, the media industry has suffered a tremendous blow. Decline in trust, the collapse of a once-robust business model, and the proliferation of social media have all turned the traditional media into a shadow of its former self. In contrast, Israel’s initially tiny English-language media has grown exponentially. What are the factors behind this growth, and how does it tie…

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Meet the Award-Winning Israeli Filmmakers from The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival!

February 17 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The 32nd Annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival will feature the two MGSDII Emerging Israeli Filmmaker award winning shorts from the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, Shabbat by Tal Comey and Empty Spaces by Ben Ziv. Purchase your Film Festival ticket today and receive a complimentary ticket to hear from the two of MGSDII Emerging Israeli Filmmakers. Engage with the creators of these fabulous shorts and hear more about their films and the creative process behind them. To…

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Israel’s Academic Study of Kabbalah

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join our partners at the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, for a virtual panel with Dr. Biti Roi, Dr. Noam Zadoff and Dr. Andrea Gondos on the history of Kabbalah and mysticism in Israel. Marking the 40th anniversary of the death of Gershom Scholem, the founder of the discipline at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, our panelists review some of the main questions, topics and characters that have defined the field over the decades. To register, please fill out this form:

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April 2022

MGSDII Dinner with Technion and Azrieli Students and Professors

April 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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Dine with San Diegan and Israeli students and professors from two MGSDII-funded collaborative research projects. Through the MGSDII, San Diegan and Israeli professors and their classes study in student-to-student and professor-to-professor collaborations. The MGSDII has funded opportunities between SDSU and the Technion, led by Professor Joe Katz, and USD and the Azrieli College of Engineering, led by Professor Frank Jacobitz. Throughout the academic year, students collaborate remotely via Zoom and Facebook. Then, all cohorts travel to Israel and San Diego…

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May 2022

Israeli Shorts Happy Hour with Winning Filmmakers from the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival

May 3 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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The MGSDII is thrilled to announce the Fourth Annual Esther Fischer Emerging Israeli Filmmaker Artist in Residence program. Tal Comay and Ben Ziv, two young, award-winning filmmakers of the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (the largest of its kind in the world), will meet students and faculty as they present in university classrooms throughout San Diego. Join us at the movies! We’ll enjoy happy hour and movie treats while overlooking the ocean, followed by a private screening of the…

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