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An interdisciplinary initiative aimed at expanding and diversifying Jewish and
Israel studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will soon
Prof. Kenneth Bamberger, the director of the new Berkeley Institute
for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society, told The Jerusalem Post on
Sunday that the program reflects “a flourishing of Jewish legal studies in US
law schools and a national surge in the academic study of Israel.
by a $750,000 seed gift from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the
institute is guided by 15 faculty member from across campus in diverse
disciplines including economics, business, political science, history, sociology
and Jewish studies,” Bamberger said. “The intent is to take lots of individual
resources and create an institutional home to expand and broaden this course and
issues on campus. The institute is a campus-wide institute; its home is in the
law school, but it’s run with 15 faculties across campus including business,
sociology and science.”
Bamberger said the initiative, which among other
things will bring Israeli lecturers to teach at the university and hold
conferences on Israel’s thriving IT sector, received an “overwhelmingly”
positive response at the university, which is home to many pro-Palestinian
student groups. Former Supreme Court justice Dalia Dorner will take part in a
ceremony on April 6 marking the official opening of the institute.