OMAHA – One of the world’s leading voices on modern Israel, Ari Shavit, will be coming to Omaha next week as the keynote speaker for this year’s University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Ruth and Phil Sokolof Lecture.
Shavit will discuss his recent book, “My Promised Land: A Personal Journey Through the History of Israel,” a New York Times Best Seller that was also named one of the best books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review and The Economist,
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 333 S. 132nd St., in Omaha.
Before his writing career, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
In the 1980s he began writing for the progressive weekly Koteret Rashit; in the early 1990s he was chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel; and in 1995 he joined the Israeli daily Haaretz, where he currently serves on the editorial board.
Earlier this year, HBO announced it would be creating a documentary about Israel based on Shavit’s book.
The Sokolof Lecture is coordinated by UNO’s Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies through funding made possible by the Sokolof Family Foundation.
Prior to his speaking at the Lecture, on Wednesday, April 22, Shavit will meet with local teenagers from congregation of Temple Israel followed by a public presentation at Temple Israel, 13111 Sterling Ridge Dr., at 7 p.m.
The presentation, titled “Israel and American Jewry: Two Miracles Now Challenged,” will serve as the keynote address of the 15th Annual “Hermene Zweiback Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning.” The event is also free and open to the public.
This event is made possible by the generous support from Darlynn and Tom Fellman as well as and Debbi and Speedy Zweiback, along with support from the Plains States Region of the Anti-Defamation League and The Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.
For information about the Phil and Ruth Sokolof Lecture, please contact the Schwalb Center at 402.554.3175 or email Kasey Davis at email@example.com.
For information on Shavit’s presentation at Temple Israel, please contact Debbie Massarano at 402.556.6536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media inquiries, please contact Charley Reed, UNO Associate Director of Media Relations, at 402.554.2129 or email@example.com.
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