The Land of Hope and Fear: Israel’s Bat­tle for Its Inner Soul

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Park Avenue Synagogue, 

50 E 87th Street, New York, NY 10128

This event is post­poned due to cir­cum­stances relat­ed to cur­rent events.

Author Isabel Ker­sh­n­er in Con­ver­sa­tion with Park Avenue Syn­a­gogue’s Rab­bi Neil Zuckerman 

At a crit­i­cal junc­ture in Israel’s his­to­ry, explore a wide-rang­ing por­trait of the many faces of Israelis today, the many ways they are deeply divid­ed on mat­ters of pol­i­tics, social issues, and ide­ol­o­gy, and how these divi­sions are redefin­ing what it means to be an Israeli. Through exten­sive inter­views of Israelis across the spec­trum, jour­nal­ist and author Isabel Ker­sh­n­er exam­ines the ways in which, 75 years after its found­ing, the coun­try has both exceed­ed and fall­en short of the ideals and expec­ta­tions of its founders, and ulti­mate­ly, at its core, what holds Israel togeth­er and the forces that threat­en its future. 

This event is pre­sent­ed in part­ner­ship with the Natan Fund, Park Avenue Syn­a­gogue and the Jew­ish Book Council 
Isabel Ker­sh­n­er is the author of The Land of Hope and Fear: Israel’s Bat­tle for Its Inner Soul, win­ner of the Spring 2023 Natan Notable Books Award at Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She is also a cor­re­spon­dent for The New York Times in Jerusalem, cov­er­ing both Israeli and Pales­tin­ian pol­i­tics and soci­ety. Pre­vi­ous­ly, she was a senior edi­tor at The Jerusalem Report