In June 2021, after two years of political deadlock and four election campaigns, the 36th government of Israel was formed. After more than a decade, Benjamin Netanyahu is no longer Prime Minister, and an Israeli Coalition was built on diverse and surprising collaborations between right and left, religious and secular, Jews and Arabs. Dr. Masua Sagiv, Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at U.C. Berkeley will elaborate on the nature, potential and consequences of the first Jewish-Arab partnership in the Israeli government, both from a political and a socio-cultural point of view. Dr. Sagiv’s remarks highlight the diversity of the current coalition and the opportunity it holds for change in matters of religion and state in Israel and the relationship between Israel and North American Jewry.
Dr. Masua Sagiv is Scholar in Residence of the Shalom Hartman Institute based in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at U.C. Berkeley. She was most recently the Academic Director of the Menomadin Center for Jewish and Democratic Law at Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law and an adjunct lecturer at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law.
Masua earned her LL.B. in law and political science (magna cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University, her LL.M. (with honors) from Columbia University School of Law, and her Ph.D. in law from Tel-Aviv University. Her research areas focus on the intersection between law, religion, gender and state. She also works on the issues of law and social change and Jewish peoplehood.
The PJCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. We are honored to present this program through the Taube Center for Jewish Peoplehood at the PJCC.
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