Monday, January 24, 2022

(Courtesy of JNF) New York Times bestselling author, journalist and thinker Yossi Klein Halevi will be the featured keynote speaker at Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) Virtual Breakfast for Israel on November 30.

Halevi writes for leading newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. He is also the author of four acclaimed books, including “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” which The Wall Street Journal called “profound and original.”

Letters’ taut and provocative writing reaches toward Jerusalem-based Halevi’s Palestinian neighbors, empathizing with Palestinian suffering, and he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes. Later editions of the book include 50 pages of responses from Palestinians and others throughout the Arab and Muslim world.

A senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Halevi and Imam Abdullah Antepli co-direct the Muslim Leadership Initiative, which teaches emerging young Muslim American leaders about Judaism, Jewish identity and Israel.

Halevi’s other books have received numerous awards and praise, including “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation,” which won the Everett Family Jewish Book of the Year Award and the RUSA Sophie Brody Medal.

“Since the onset of the pandemic, JNF-USA has delivered first-class virtual content to our communities in support of our mission to not only engage our partners during this challenging time, but also to support our critical mission to provide life-changing services for the land and people of Israel,” said Breakfast for Israel Chair Deborah E. Riegel. “We have engaged thousands of supporters at hundreds of virtual events from coast to coast and in turn, raised hundreds of millions of dollars to enable us to continue our important work. We are thrilled that all proceeds raised during the JNF-USA Virtual Breakfast for Israel event on November 30, 2021, will be matched up to $1 million, and we know that Yossi Klein Halevi’s keynote speech will enlighten and inspire our supporters while helping us achieve our fundraising goal.”

Breakfast for Israel takes place on Giving Tuesday, a year-round global movement that “inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.” JNF-USA has frequently hosted events, including previous Breakfast for Israel gatherings, on this day to give philanthropic individuals and current donors an opportunity to choose JNF-USA as their primary charity of choice.

For more information and to register for this year’s Breakfast for Israel, visit jnf.org/breakfastforisrael or contact Michael Feinman, JNF-USA executive director, Tri State at 212-879-9305 x503 or [email protected]

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