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May 2020

POSTPONED || San Diego University Author Talk & Book Signing with Etgar Keret

May 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
LFJCC, 4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Lawrence Family JCC Community Event Thursday, May 14, 2020, UCSD Faculty and Student Event There’s no one like Etgar Keret. Beloved and renowned for his surreal, delightful short stories and his Cannes-winning work as a film director, the Israeli writer was just awarded the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary honor. Keret will speak and do a book signing event at the Lawrence Family JCC, followed by a Master Class at UCSD to over 300 literary…

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Through the Lens with Moshe Zonder: A Virtual Exploration of Contemporary Israeli Dynamics through Media

May 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Explore contemporary dynamics in Israeli society presented through critically acclaimed TV series and films. The sessions will focus on different sectors of Israeli society. We look forward to connecting with our friends, near and far, for a meaningful conversation. The zoom link will be sent to you in your reminder e-mail the day before the program. The May 19 program will feature MGSDII scholar Moshe Zonder, screenwriter for the Netflix hit Fauda and upcoming series Tehran.   This event is in partnership…

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Through the Lens with Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz: A Virtual Exploration of Contemporary Israeli Dynamics through Media

May 26, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Explore contemporary dynamics in Israeli society presented through critically acclaimed TV series and films. The sessions will focus on different sectors of Israeli society. We look forward to connecting with our friends, near and far, for a meaningful conversation. The zoom link will be sent to you in your reminder e-mail the day before the program. The May 26 program will feature MGSDII scholar Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz, screenwriter for the beautiful and moving television series A Touch Away.   This event is…

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July 2020

“Golda” Virtual Screening and Discussion

July 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Watch Golda, then join the film's creators, Udi Nir and Sagi Bornstein, and scholar Pnina Lahav, for an in-depth discussion about the iconic politician Golda Meir, Israel’s fifth Prime Minister, and the making of this illuminating new documentary. Lahav is the author of the upcoming biography Golda Meir: Through the Gender Lens and Professor of Law at Boston University. The event will be moderated by Professor Dov Waxman, director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. The event…

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Loneliness: The COVID-19 Toll on the Elderly

July 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Issi Doron, PhD, Head of the Center for Research and Study of Aging at the University of Haifa and Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., Director of the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UC San Diego, as they lead a talk on how the elderly are particularly vulnerable under the current conditions of the pandemic. Together, they will discuss solutions and the recently MGSDII funded COVID-19 research collaboration. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for older people. We…

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August 2020

POSTPONED || Israeli Shorts on the Lawn

August 11, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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Tuesday, August 11 | The MGSDII invites Salon Series Members to 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 distant safe event. Arrive at 6:45 p.m. for picnic, movies start at 7:45 p.m. Limited spots, register today by emailing Mitchell@mgsdii.org.

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Normalization Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates: Why Did It Happen and Why Now?

August 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Zoom Event |  The Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative (MGSDII) invites you to a special panel discussion with leading Israeli academics on today’s announcement, “No to Annexation and Yes to Normalization.” The agreement that Israel would normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates and drop its plans to annex parts of the West Bank was a surprise in a region that seems stuck. Is the Arab World stepping away from its position to not negotiate with Israel until the “Palestinian…

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September 2020

Through the Lens: A Virtual Exploration of Contemporary Israeli Dynamics through Media

September 14, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Back by popular demand, the MGSDII and The Hive Through the Lens series continues! Join filmmaker Yair Agmon for a screening of his film, Like a Beating Heart, followed by Q&A moderated by Chaya Gilboa. The film tells the personal story of Agmon as he joins the tens of thousands of Israelis on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, who visit their Rabbi's tomb in the center of Ukraine to be a part of a “yearning crowd.” To register, please…

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MGSDII Salon Series: Tehran

September 30, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tehran, the highly anticipated new espionage thriller from Fauda writer and MGSDII Visiting Artist, Moshe Zonder, will premier on Apple TV on September 25th! Join the show's creator, Zonder, and director, Danny Syrkin, for a behind-the-scenes conversation. Already receiving rave reviews, Tehran follows a Mossad agent as she embarks on her first mission as a computer hacker in her home town of Tehran. Watch the trailer HERE. This interactive event is exclusively available to supporters and partners of the MGSDII. To register,…

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October 2020

“The Land that I Will Show You” Conference: Recent Archaeological & Historical Studies in Israel

October 25, 2020 - October 28, 2020

The MGSDII is pleased to invite you to a virtual community conference, produced by the NYU Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. The MGSDII's UCSD university partner, Professor Tom Levy, will give a talk titled, "David, Solomon and Edom: Reflections from the Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project." Professor Levy leads the MGSDII funded UC San Diego-Scripps and University of Haifa marine archaeology and climate change research project. The project allows students from San Diego to investigate the impact of long-term…

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