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Jewish Studies Program

2002 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship

Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture 2002


Yossi Klein Halevi

Journalist and Author
Active in Middle East reconciliation efforts


"After the Collapse of the Left and the Right,
Toward a New Israeli Consensus on Territories and Peace"

October 22

Lecture: 8:00pm 
Gambrell Hall Auditorium

Symposium: 2:30pm 
College of Nursing, Room 125

Panel Discussion: 
"From Exclusion to Embrace: A Jew, A Christian, and a Muslim
Tell Their Stories"

Yosi Halevi, Rhett Jackson (local Methodist businessman), 
and Omar Shaheed (Imam of Masjid As-Salaam)

Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior writer for the Jerusalem Report, and author of the critically acclaimed book, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist (Little, Brown 1995), which chronicles his teenage years as a right-wing Zionist militant and his eventual repudiation of extremism.

Contributing editor and Israel correspondent for The New Republic, and regular commentator on Israeli affairs for The Los Angeles Times, his work has appeard in the New York Times Magazine,Time, and other publications. In 1989, Halevi spent a year reporting on the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, working for a consortium of American Jewish weeklies.

His 1985 documentary film "Kaddish," which focuses on his relationship with his father, a Holocauset survivor, was named by the Village Voice as one of the 10 best films of the year and was widely screened in theaters and film festivals and is still periodically broadcast on public television.

Halevi is the recipient of several awards for his journalistic work, including the B'nai B'rith Matsdorf Award, given to an Israeli journalist for reporting on the Diaspora. He is active in Middle East reconciliation efforts, both as chair of the board of Open House, an Arab-Jewish center in the town of Ramale, and as a board member of the Israeli Palestinian Media Forum, A UNESCO-backed organization which brings together journalists from both groups.

His book, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land, about his encounters, as a religious Jew, with Islam and Christianity in the Holy land was published by William Morrow (2001).