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The Land of Hope and Fear: Israel’s Battle for its Inner Soul — Book Talk with New York Times Correspondent Isabel Kershner

Monday, October 30, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us for a talk with New York Times journalist Isabel Kershner in conversation with Stanford professor and journalist Janine Zacharia. They will be discussing Kershner’s new book, The Land of Hope and Fear: Israel’s Battle for its Inner Soul as a lens into many of the pressing issues in Israel’s current social and political crisis. In the book, we meet Israelis: Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, Eastern and Western, liberals and zealots—plagued by perennial conflict and existential threats. In moving narratives and with on-the-ground reporting, Isabel Kershner reveals the core of what holds Israel together and the forces that threaten its future through the lens of real people, laying bare the question Who is an Israeli? Kershner and Zacharia will explore the ways in which the country has both exceeded and failed the ideals and expectations of its founders.

Speaker: Isabel Kershner, Journalist, New York Times
Facilitator: Janine Zacharia, Journalist, McClatchy Visiting Lecturer, Stanford University

Alexa Kennard, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, alexakennard@berkeley.edu

Alexa Kennard, alexakennard@berkeley.edu, (510) 664-7024

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Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704


Hellen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

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