Murray Galinson San Diego – Israel Initiative


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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.

UCSD Classes:
• 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, UC San Diego, AY 2018-2019 (The Gloria and Rod Stone Visiting Professorship

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.

UCSD Classes:
• 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, UC San Diego, AY 2018-2019

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.

UCSD Classes:
• Special Topics in Anthropological Archaeology
• Sea Level Change: The Israel Case in World Perspective
• Coastal Geomorphology and Environmental Change


Marik Shtern, UC San Diego, Winter 2018-Spring 2019 (The Joseph Glickman, z”l, Visiting Professorship)

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.

UCSD Classes:
• Special Topics: Communities and Conflict in Jerusalem
• Urban Sociology: Learning from Israeli Cities


Luba Levin-Banchick, San Diego State University, Fall 2018

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.”

SDSU Classes:
• Arab-Israeli Relations, Past and Present
• Politics and Conflict in the Middle East


Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz, San Diego State University, Spring 2019

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.

SDSU Class:
• The Techniques of Screenwriting

 


Upcoming Programs & Events:

MGSDII Sends Fifteen San Diego Students to Israel for Research and Study (Summer 2018)

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 also 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.

 


Israeli Short Film Festival Coming to San Diego (October 2018)

For two weeks in October, the MGSDII will host two 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.  This exciting ShortFest will be an impressive showcase of Israel’s filmmaking talent, both new and established. It will also host after-parties and film making workshops and discussions.

 

 


Fusions: A Concert Duo of Jewish and Arab Classic Music on the Oud and Piano (Wednesday, October 3)

MGSDII Brings Unique Israeli Concert Duo to San Diego

SDSU, TBD

JCC – 7:00pm

Taiseer Elias (oud) and Menachem Wiesenberg (piano) will perform at SDSU to the student body and at the JCC later that evening. 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, that 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.


Welcome Dinner for the 2018/2019 Visiting Israeli Professors (Wednesday, October 17)

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 mitchell@mgsdii.org.

 

 

 


First Ever Modern Israel Course Coming to University of San Diego (Winter 2018)

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 thru a partnership with The Azrieli School of Engineering in Jerusalem.  The hope is to culminate the semester, with the USD students visiting Israel and their peers at the Azrieli School.

 


Marik Shtern – “Today’s Jerusalem: Neighborhoods Unveiled in the City of Gold” (Monday, November 5)

JCC, 7:00pm

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.

 


Head Writer of Netflix’s Fauda Visiting San Diego (Tuesday, November 13)

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, time TBD

UCSD, time 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 Green Love Associated Students Hosts Visiting Israeli Professor for Campus-Wide Talk (Wednesday, November 14) 

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.


MGSDII and Leichtag Foundation Bring Jerusalem Biennale to San Diego (November 26 – December 1

Following a unique art activism trip to Israel this past fall, the MGSDII is excited to bring the Jerusalem Biennale to San Diego for the wider community to enjoy. Throughout the week, event offerings will include special experiences for the Biennale trip participants, interactive events with Biennale founder, Rami Ozeri, and access to contemporary Jewish art.

The Jerusalem Biennale is dedicated to exploring the spaces in which contemporary art and the Jewish world of content intersect. It is a platform for present-day professional artists and curators to exhibit works and present exhibitions that refer to Jewish thought, spirit, tradition or experience.

Stay tuned for more details!


In Search of King Solomon’s Mines: The Archaeological Discoveries Behind the Biblical Legend (Wednesday, January 16)

JCC, 7:00pm

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 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!

 

 


MGSDII Hosts Aging Conference in Israel with University of Haifa and Stein Institute for Research on Aging – UCSD School of Medicine (April 2019)

Following Israeli Professor Israel (Issi) Doron, Head of the Center for Research and Study of Aging at the University of Haifa, visit to San Diego this past spring, collaborative efforts are underway for a joint conference on aging in Israel. Doron is Israel’s foremost experts on aging and is known worldwide as the field’s international academic expert. Experts from UCSD’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging, professors from San Diego, and Israeli researchers will meet for a week-long conference to discuss innovative research happening in the field of aging.

Stay tuned for more details!