Meet our 2018/19 Israeli Scholars Teaching at UCSD and SDSU!
Erez Ben-Yosef, UC San Diego, Fall 2018
Erez Ben-Yosef (Tel Aviv University) is a professor in the department of archaeology and the graduate program in archaeology and archaeomaterials at Tel Aviv University. He is best known for leading 21st century digs at the ancient copper mines in Israel’s Timna Valley where he made new discoveries concerning the mystery of King Solomon’s Mines. An article on his findings was recently published in National Geographic.
• Past, Present and Future Perspectives on Natural Resources in Israel
• Environmental Hazards in Israel
• Archaeology’s Role in Building National Narrative: Israel as a Case Study
Yehuda Goodman (Hebrew University) is a professor in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His fields of interest are psychological anthropology, medical anthropology, and anthropology of religion. His research focus is on the ways identities are formed, manufactured and negotiated in the contexts of social and political contestations. Most recently, he has studied Jewish conversion issues among Russian and Ethiopian immigrants in Israel.
• Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology: State, Nation-building, and Healthcare in Israel
• The Anthropology of Mental Health in Israel and the Diaspora
• Graduate Seminar
Gilad Shtienberg (University of Haifa) studies long-term climate change in Israel and neighboring lands as a model for more general issues of global environmental change. He specializes in the understanding theoretical and practical aspects of the landscape changes that occur in the dynamic environments of the coast zone. His recent projects focus on human settlement during the Biblical periods along Israel’s northern Mediterranean coast.
• Special Topics in Anthropological Archaeology
• Sea Level Change: The Israel Case in World Perspective
• Coastal Geomorphology and Environmental Change
Marik Shtern, Post-Doctoral Fellow (Ben Gurion University) is a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, where his field of research is the geography of Jewish-Arab relations in Jerusalem. He specializes in the sphere of community empowerment and strategic consulting for third sector organizations (civil society) in the fields of social and political change in Jerusalem.
• Special Topics: Communities and Conflict in Jerusalem
• Urban Sociology: Learning from Israeli Cities
Luba Levin-Banchick (Bar-Ilan University) is a political scientist and historian, studying the evolution of conflict and peace in contemporary international relations of the Middle East. Her expertise is in the field of global and regional security, international crisis escalation and recurrence, domestic and transnational terrorism, cooperation and violence between rivalries, and nonstate actors. In 2017, she won the Teaching with Impact Best Syllabus prize from the Israel Institute for the course she developed on “Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Israel.”
• Arab-Israeli Relations, Past and Present
• Politics and Conflict in the Middle East
Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz (Tel Aviv University) teaches screenwriting at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University and is one of the founders of the Screenwriting Program at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. She has been a writer on several television series, directed documentaries and also served as a script editor on two series. She is well known in Israel for the drama “A Touch Away” and the documentary,” A Place Under the Sun.” She was Editor-in-Chief at Keter Publishing House, one of the largest publishers in Israel, and has edited books by celebrated writers, including Amoz Oz, Shemi Zarhin, and Nava Semel.
• The Techniques of Screenwriting
Upcoming Programs & Events:
The MGSDII has funded multiple student research and study opportunities in Israel this summer!
Two undergraduate students will participate in the UCSD Education Abroad Program at Hebrew University. The program will explore how Israel has become a “start-up nation” and the social, cultural and economic implications of this hi-tech boom. Additionally, in partnership with UCSD Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology and University of Haifa, twelve UCSD students will travel to Israel to investigate the impact of long term climate change and rising sea levels at the marine archaeology site in Tel Dor. Finally, the MGSDII has funded a research grant for a UCSD doctoral student to finalize her dissertation at the National Library of Israel.
This partnership, headed by Prof. Tom Levy of UC San Diego and Prof. Assaf Yasur-Landau of Haifa, aims to investigate the impact of long term climate change and rising sea levels on the cultures of the eastern Mediterranean – along the coast of Israel. This summer 12 UC San Diego students will join their Israeli counterparts, using Israeli innovative technology to study human adaptation and the keys to understanding current climate change and rising sea levels.
To see a video of the team in action, click HERE.
For two weeks in October, the MGSDII will host two award winning Israeli filmmakers for an Artist in Residence program in conjunction with the first annual San Diego Israeli ShortFest to take place at San Diego university campuses and the JCC Garfield Theatre, October 6-7. In partnership with the San Diego Jewish Shorts Festival, this exciting ShortFest will be an impressive showcase of Israel’s world-renowned film making talent, both new and established. After-parties, Q &A panel forums, film making workshops and discussions will take place during the two-week residency.
Made possible by a gift from Joseph J. Fisch
MGSDII Brings Unique Israeli Concert Duo to San Diego
JCC – 7:00pm
Taiseer Elias (oud), Hillel Zori (cello), and Menachem Wiesenberg (piano) will perform at SDSU to the student body and at the JCC later that evening. This incredible concert collaboration was born out of a connection and deep mutual respect between three of Israel’s foremost musicians. In working together,the musicians discovered a beautiful resonance within their instruments and their cultures, surfacing the commonalities between Arabic and Jewish music (which are seldom heard together). The spontaneity of the performance is contagious: Israeli Jews and Arabs meet together to celebrate an ongoing feast of enriching and fertile human and musical coexistence! Menachem Wiesenberg, composer, arranger, pianist, is one of Israel’s most varied and acclaimed musicians. Taiseer Elias was born in the Israeli Arab village of Shafram, andis regarded as the leading figure in classical Arab music in Israel. Together they are passionate about the value of collaborating and connecting through music across their cultures, which have so often experienced conflict. They hope that sharing their music will result in both a moving musical experience and a different view of what is possible between these two great cultures.
Leichtag Commons, 5:30pm
The MGSDII will host an intimate farm to table dinner party to welcome and introduce the six 2018/2019 visiting Israeli professors. This dinner is for university faculty partners and MGSDII Salon Circle supporters. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
The MGSDII is proud to announce the creation of a new course entitled “Water in California and Israel: Challenges and Solutions.” Dr. Frank Jacobitz, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego (USD), will teach this course focused on water challenges and solutions in California and Israel. The many dimensions of water will be reviewed and discussed, as well as a comparison of the commonalities between San Diego and Israel water systems. Other course topics will include the hydrological cycle, distribution of water resources, water delivery and treatment infrastructure, as well as wastewater management. The course has been developed through a partnership with The Azrieli College of Engineering in Jerusalem. The hope is to culminate the semester with the USD students visiting Israel and their peers at Azrieli College.
Marik Shtern, MGSDII visiting professor at UCSD (2018/2019) will give a visual presentation of the different neighborhoods found in Jerusalem. He will explore the geo/political environments separating the various neighborhoods, while revealing the hidden and widely unknown ways the populations interact with one another on a daily basis. See the City of Gold in a new way, like you’ve never seen before.
Marik Shtern is a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, where his field of research is the geography of Jewish-Arab relations in Jerusalem. He specializes in the sphere of community empowerment and strategic consulting for third sector organizations (civil society) in the fields of social and political change in Jerusalem.
Moshe Zonder, head writer and director for the first season of Fauda, (the enormously successful Israeli television series) will screen clips and give a talk on the first Israeli series to be released as a Netflix Original. He will present and share his work at the following venues:
SDSU and UCSD, times TBD
JCC Garfield Theatre, 7:30pm
Zonder began his career as a journalist working at Maariv, one of Israel’s leading Hebrew-language daily newspapers. Since then, he has written many screenplays for film and television. Zonder, along with Avi Issacharolff and Lior Raz worked together to create and write the series which has become an international sensation in all its gritty messiness. Set in the West Bank, Fauda goes beyond the usual ingredients of the thriller series—intelligence gathering, interludes of violent action. The setting is the flashpoint of a fifty-year-long conflict, and the show’s creators believe that they have made not only a deft work of entertainment but also a drama that gets at the political dynamic of the Israeli-Palestinian situation.
Stay tuned for more details!
SDSU Student Union Theater, 12:00pm
Gilad Shtienberg, MGSDII visiting professor at UCSD (2018/2019) will present his findings on long-term climate change in Israel and make comparisons and contrasts to the San Diego landscape. This event is produced in partnership with Green Love, SDSU’s sustainability association.
Gilad Shtienberg studies long-term climate change in Israel and neighboring lands as a model for more general issues of global environmental change. He specializes in the landscape changes that occur in the dynamic environments of the coast zone. His recent projects focus on human settlement during the Biblical periods along Israel’s northern Mediterranean coast.
Following a unique art activism trip to Israel this past fall, the MGSDII is excited to bring a touring exhibit of the Jerusalem Biennale to San Diego for the wider community to enjoy. Throughout the week, event offerings will include interactive unveilings, lectures and workshops with Biennale founder, Rami Ozeri.
The Jerusalem Biennale is dedicated to exploring the spaces in which contemporary art and the Jewish world of content intersect.
Stay tuned for more details!
Erez Ben Yosef, MGSDII visiting professor at UCSD (2018/2019), and lead archaeologist on the Timna Valley dig, will give a “Ted Talk” style lecture and visual presentation on his latest discoveries in Southern Israel. Uncovering a 3,000-year-old fortified trading post, and the copper mining camps it protected, Ben-Yosef and his team thought, “Are these the gates to King Solomon’s mines?” Dating techniques put it squarely in the era of stories from the Bible about Solomon’s and King David’s reign. “According to the Bible,” Dr. Ben-Yosef says, “David traveled hundreds of miles outside of Jerusalem and engaged in military conflict in the desert – striking down ‘18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.’”
Erez Ben-Yosef is a professor in the department of archaeology and archaeomaterials at Tel Aviv University. He is best known for leading 21st century digs at the ancient copper mines in Israel’s Timna Valley where he made new discoveries concerning the mystery of King Solomon’s Mines. An article on his findings was recently published in National Geographic.
New Partnership with UC San Diego ArtPower
The MGSDII is proud to fund Israel’s Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) Company’s UCSD student events while they are in San Diego to perform as part of ArtPower’s 2018-2019 season. The performance will take place on campus on February 27, 2019. ArtPower engages diverse audiences through vibrant, challenging, multi-disciplinary performances by emerging and renowned international artists. We look forward to continuing partnering with ArtPower to identify Israeli artists to bring to San Diego.
Announcing a Joint University Partnership Between USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering and Azrieli College of Engineering (Spring 2019)
Following a research trip to Israel this past fall for USD engineering professors, collaborations are underway for student immersion programs to and from Israel between USD and Azrieli College of Engineering. The end goal is to have visiting professors from Israel teaching at USD, and the ability to send USD professors to teach in Israel. Students from both San Diego and Israel will work together on research projects through online classroom settings via Skype, and present their findings and work throughout the year.
More details to be announce soon!