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January 2021

San Diego Sneak Preview of “Our Natural Right”

January 26, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

David Ben Gurion reading the Declaration of Independence of Israel Registration is closed Join filmmakers Udi Nir and Sagi Bornstein for a sneak preview of their new documentary, "Our Natural Right," directed by award-winning director Yulie Cohen ("My Terrorist"),  followed by a discussion with special guests featured in the film: Yulie Cohen, director of "Our Natural Right" Nitzan Kahana, women's rights activist, lawyer, and granddaughter of Rabbi Kalman Professor Yoram Shacher, former Dean of the Harry Radzyner Law School at the…

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February 2021

“Here We Are” Director’s Talk with Nir Bergman

February 21, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Following the premiere of Nir Bergman’s film, "Here We Are," at the San Diego International Jewish Film Festival, join the filmmaker himself for an exclusive talk and Q&A. Bergman is one of Israel’s leading film and TV writers/directors, including one of the creators of HBO’s "In Treatment."  Two years ago, he was a MGSDII visiting artist at SDSU. Tickets are on sale for the film's screening at the San Diego International Jewish Film Festival. Use discount code "MGSDII" during checkout.…

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March 2021

Israel’s Space Innovation and Education with CEO of the Ramon Foundation, Ran Livne

March 4, 2021 @ 7:45 am - 9:00 am
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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This academic year, Professor Haim Suchowski (Tel Aviv University) and Professor Frank Jacobitz (University of San Diego) are co-teaching a course titled “Innovations in Israel” via Zoom. The course connects students and professors in Israel and San Diego using examples of Israeli innovation as a springboard for classroom learning and discussion. You're invited to "sit in" for a special experience when the class hears from guest speaker, Ran Livne, CEO of the Ramon Foundation. Israel's Ramon Foundation is named for Colonel Ilan…

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What San Diego Can Learn from Israel’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout: Successes & Challenges

March 17, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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Israel has more people vaccinated per capita than anywhere else in the world and just rolled out a system designed to return cultural and economic life to pre-pandemic paradigms with an important caveat - you have to be vaccinated to participate! We will look at the successes and challenges of Israel’s vaccine rollout and address how to deal with populations who resist vaccination, access issues, the upcoming election and how the vaccine is playing a role and much more. Join…

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April 2021

Jerusalem Live! Modern Dance Performance, Followed by “Talk” with the Artist and Choreographer

April 6, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

"Premier" Israeli Dance Performance “Premier” is a solo dance choreographed by Elad Schechter, founder and principal choreographer of c.a.t.a.m.o.n., for Rand Zeid Taha, a Jerusalem born Palestinian dancer. This interreligious and intercultural dialogue through dance negotiates the sociopolitical tensions and rifts evoked by east/west Jerusalem through the expressive forms of dance and movement. View a trailer for the performance HERE. To register for this event, please fill out this form (registrants will receive a Zoom link 24 hours before the…

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May 2021

Private Screening of “The Museum” with Director Ran Tal and Special Guests

May 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

You’re invited to screen The Museum and then join the film’s creator, Ran Tal, and Israel Museum's Senior Curator of Israeli Art, Amitai Mendelsohn  for an in-depth discussion on the Museum's central role in the narrative of the nation. Sitting high on the brow of a Jerusalem hill directly opposite the Knesset, housing one of the world’s greatest collections of art and antiquities, the Israel Museum poses for its own complex portrait in this elegant observational documentary. Click HERE to view…

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The Latest Archaeological Excavations in Jerusalem – Digging in a Glass House

May 12, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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Join Tel Aviv University Professor Yuval Gadot (lead archaeologist at the "City of David" and head of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures) and UC San Diego Professor Tom Levy (Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands) for an in depth discussion of the excavation's latest discoveries in this contested site. Jerusalem is maybe the most excavated place on earth and still basic questions regarding its history are fiercely debated between scholars. Yuval will present…

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Conflict and Cohesion: A Test of Shared Society in Israel

May 19, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Over this past week, we've watched the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, resulting in terrible loss of life, disruption, and destruction. At the same time, civil unrest has emerged primarily in Israel’s more diverse cities, uncovering deeply-rooted anger, inequities, fear and trauma. Many observers believe this development is the more existential one, specifically that Israel is at a critical juncture between shared society and civil war. While the various news sources and organizations don’t always…

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July 2021

Through the Lens: In-Person Outdoor Israeli Shorts Screening

July 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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You’re invited to the MGSDII's first in-person event since the start of the pandemic - enjoy a private screening of Israeli short movies on the Leichtag Commons Farmhouse lawn. Bring your own picnic dinner and movie snacks to this socially-distanced safe event. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for picnic, films start at 8:00 p.m. Limited spots. To register for this event, please fill out this form:

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August 2021

Salon Series Welcome Reception for 2021-2022 Visiting Israeli Professors

August 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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We invite you to an intimate cocktails and small plates dinner reception to welcome three of the six 2021-2022 Visiting Israeli Professors. Join us as we introduce Ori Elon, creator of Shtisel, Meir Litvak, professor of Mid-East and Israeli-Arab Relations, and Mor Shilon, professor of Urban Studies and Planning. This event is exclusively for university faculty partners and MGSDII Salon Series supporters. Registration is currently closed for this event. Email mitchell@mgsdii.org for questions.

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