Murray Galinson San Diego – Israel Intiative


Upcoming Programs & Events:

MGSDII Presents: Israeli Aging Expert, Issi Doron (April 18-19, 2018)

Wednesday, April 18
From Active Aging to “Ageivism”: Social Policy, Medicine, the Law, and Human Rights

Professor Israel (Issi) Doron is the Head of the Center for Research and Study of Aging at the University of Haifa. He is Israel’s foremost experts on aging and is known worldwide as the field’s international academic expert.

UCSD Stein Institute for Research on Aging Grand Rounds
Open to physicians, researchers, and professionals in the field

To RSVP or for more information, please email
Wednesday, April 18

Preview the Israeli comedy, The Farewell Party – an award winning Israeli film about friendship, aging and euthanasia. We’ll engage in a lively discussion with Professor Doron as we discuss ourselves, our parents, and our changing society.

Private Home in La Jolla

To RSVP or for more information, please email
Thursday, April 19
SDSU Campus Lecture – Aging and the Israeli Society: Challenges and Experiences

SDSU Department of Anthropology
Storm Hall West, Room 011
Public welcome, no RSVP required

CSUSM MediaMakers Series Hotel Everest (May 2, 2018)

In Israel and Palestine, the road to peace is a steep climb. The Hotel Everest sits at one of the very few locations between Israel and Palestine where members of both communities are able to interact with one another. A meeting is arranged: to understand the humanity in “the other” and forge connections that promote empathy, understanding and, in their wildest hopes, peace.

Discussion with the filmmaker, Claudia Sobral, and MGSDII Visiting Professor Tamar Arieli.

CSUSM, ARTS240 Building
Public welcome, no RSVP required








MGSDII Presents: Israeli Author Ruby Namdar (May 3, 2018)

Wednesday, May 3
UCSD Campus Presentation  with Author Ruby Namdar, Winner of Israel’s biggest literary award (the Sapir Prize)

The Ruined House is a fascinating novel about the overwhelming presence of myth and historical trauma in our lives. A cross between Saul Bellow’s disintegrating intellectuals and Bulgakov’s mystical revelations, this is a fiercely inventive novel. – Amos Oz

UCSD, Hojel Auditorium
Public welcome, no RSVP required

SALONSERIES lunch with author to follow
To RSVP or for more information, please email






San Diego Movie Screenings with Israeli Director, Nitzan Gilady (May 15-16, 2018)

Tuesday, May 15
San Diego Screening of “Wedding Doll,” Directed by Nitzan Gilady

Filmmaker Nitzan Gilady’s first feature, Wedding Doll, won two Israeli Film Academy Awards and numerous awards at festivals around the world.

Wedding Doll tells the story of Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental deficiency, who works in a toilet-paper factory. She lives with her mother Sarah, a divorcee who gave up her life for her daughter. Hagit strives for independence and Sarah is torn between her desire to protect her, and her own will to live.

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Garfield Theatre
7:00pm ($15.25 Ticket Price; Students and Faculty Free with I.D.) Purchase tickets HERE
Followed by Q&A with Nitzan Gilady
Wednesday, May 16
UCSD Screening of “The Last Enemy,” Directed by Nitzan Gilady

The Last Enemy tells the story of a group of nine Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian actors who work on a play that was written especially for them by the American Playwright Jim Mirioene.

Price Center Theater
Followed by Q&A with Nitzan Gilady

Public welcome, no RSVP required

New Partnership with UC San Diego ArtPower

The MGSDII is excited to announce a new partnership with UC San Diego ArtPower to bring Israeli artists to perform at UCSD. ArtPower engages diverse audiences through vibrant, challenging, multi-disciplinary performances by emerging and renowned international artists. Through extensive partnerships, ArtPower provides exciting opportunities for research, participation, and creation of new work, igniting powerful dialogue between artists, students, scholars, and the community. The MGSDII looks forward to partnering with ArtPower to identify Israeli artists to bring to San Diego for the 18-19 or 19-20 ArtPower performances seasons as well as collaborate with campus partners and academic units to have them placed within the Theatre and Dance Department. Stay tuned!


UCSD to offer Summer Global Seminar in Israel

For the first time, UCSD students will have the opportunity to earn college credit by studying in Israel. Jerusalem, one of the most fascinating cities on earth, provides an ideal setting for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities of Israel’s history, politics, religion, society and culture. The program will also  explore how Israel has become a “start-up nation” and the social, cultural and economic implications of this hi-tech boom.

This program offers upper division electives for history majors and minors as well as for students in the Jewish Studies Program, International Studies Program, and undergraduate business minors. All students are encouraged to apply. Learn more HERE.




Coming Soon:  Israeli Artist in Residence at the Leichtag Commons (Fall 2018)

The MGSDII is in the beginning stages of developing an Israeli Artists in Residence program at the Leichtag Commons with Israeli partners at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and the Artist Alliance Complex in Jerusalem.

An artist residency program is a research-and-development lab for the arts, providing artists with time, space, and support for the creation of new work and the exploration of new ideas. Artists’ residencies are about advancing creativity, advancing human progress and advancing the way we examine the world and in this case specifically Israel and its culture. Through the support of Israeli artists, we can advance understanding and dialogue between San Diegans and Israelis. The time between MFA graduation and establishing a reputation is a vital but challenging time for artists. It is also an exciting time to have a residency. We envision that these partnerships could be a pipeline for the best of each class across disciplines! Stay tuned for more details soon.