Balancing Self-Preservation and Other Moral Values: Washington DC Community iEngage Lecture

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Date(s) - Monday, March 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Washington Hebrew Congregation


Yossi Klein Halevi of Israel’s Shalom Hartman Institute will join us at Washington Hebrew Congregation on Monday, March 13 at 7:00 pm to discuss “Balancing Self-Preservation and Other Moral Values,” transforming a conversation that is often about advocacy to one about values.

Halevi is the author of Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, which won the Jewish Book Council’s Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award, and he is a regular voice in the op-ed pages of leading American newspapers. He is also the author of the 2001 book, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land. His first book, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist, told the story of his teenage attraction to, and subsequent disillusionment with Jewish militancy. The New York Times called it “a book of burning importance.”

Halevi is active in Middle East reconciliation work and serves as chairman of Open House, an Arab Israeli-Jewish Israeli center in the town of Ramle, near Tel Aviv. He was one of the founders of the now-defunct Israeli-Palestinian Media Forum, which brought together Israeli and Palestinian journalists.

Born in New York, Halevi has a B.A. in Jewish studies from Brooklyn College and an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University. He moved to Israel in 1982 and lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Sarah, a landscape designer. They have three children.

Halevi comes to WHC as part of Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project, which seeks to create a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life. This narrative serves as a foundation for a new covenant between Israel and world Jewry, elevating the existing discourse from one with a crisis-based focus to one rooted in Jewish values and ideas. Led by a team of internationally renowned scholars in the fields of Jewish studies, Middle East politics, and history, iEngage is committed to addressing core questions pertaining to the necessity and significance of the State of Israel.

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