ONLINEThe Future of Israeli Democracy: Panel Discussion

Top Pick March 22, 2023 Waltham Free
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Join us for “The Future of Israeli Democracy: Judicial Reform and Political Crisis – A Panel Discussion” with six Israel experts who will take us on a deep dive into the social and political implications of the proposed reforms with a global and comparative perspective.

In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of Israelis have protested against the proposed judicial reforms of Netanyahu’s government. Why have these reforms provoked such reactions from the Israeli public, and what do they mean for the future of Israeli democracy?

The panel will be both in-person at Rapaporte Treasure Hall in the Goldfarb Library of Brandeis University, and also broadcast live on Zoom.


  • Menahem Ben-Sasson, chancellor of the Hebrew University and former chair of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. Ben-Sasson has been present for the current committee deliberations.
  • Jeffrey Lenowitz, Meyer and W. Walter Jaffe Associate Professor of Politics. A democratic theorist who works on comparative constitutionalism and constitutional change.
  • Yehudah Mirsky, professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis and a core faculty member of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He has written extensively on religion and politics in Israel.
  • Lisa Fishbayn Joffe,  Shulamit Reinharz Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and a faculty affiliate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She is an expert on women’s rights under Jewish family law and on the intersection between secular and religious family law, both relevant to the reforms.
  • Rima Farah, Ph.D., ’22, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, former Schusterman Doctoral Fellow. She is an expert on the Arabic-speaking communities in Israel.

Moderator: Alexander Kaye, director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Chair in Israel Studies; and associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

Co-sponsored by the Crown Center for Middle East Studies.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Goldfarb Library
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

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