Moshe Zonder, Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist, Comes to the Bildner Center
Zonder was the head writer for "Fauda," the first Israeli show to be released as a Netflix original series
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life is hosting Moshe Zonder, a highly successful writer of screenplays for film and television, as a Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist.
The goal of the visiting artist program is to expose students, faculty, and the local community to the dynamic world of Israeli art and culture. His residency is a result of the Bildner center’s ongoing commitment to Israeli studies and will allow for cross cultural exchange and artistic collaboration both within the university and in the larger New Jersey community.
Zonder was the head writer for Fauda, the enormously successful television program that became the first Israeli show to be released as a Netflix original series. His many screenplays include the documentary film Sabena Hijacking: My Version, screened at the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival in 2016. He is currently working on several dramatic series for Israeli television and a play to be performed this fall at Habima, Israel’s national theater. Zonder began his career as an investigative journalist for the Israeli newspaper Maariv.
This semester, Zonder is teaching “Screenwriting for Television” in the creative writing program in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He is also participating in outreach activities for the Bildner Center during the fall. On Sept. 20, he will be a featured guest at a private screening and reception for Patrons of the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival.
On Oct. 11, the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County will host Zonder in conversation with Karen Small, director of the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
On Nov. 11, he will participate on a panel, “Writing about Historical Events,” as part of the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, held at the AMC Loews New Brunswick, 17 U.S. Highway 1 South in New Brunswick.
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, an academic center at Rutgers University, connects the university with the community through public lectures, symposia, Jewish communal initiatives, cultural events and teacher training.
The Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist Program is a project of the Israel Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, and non-advocacy organization that advances rigorous teaching, research and discourse about modern Israel in partnership with academic, research and cultural institutions. Its campus teaching and artist residency programs increase the number, quality and availability of classes about Israel by creating platforms for academics and artists to teach about Israel in the United States, Europe and Asia.