The American Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC) will present a Southern Connecticut community event featuring Yossi Klein Halevi, renowned author and speaker, on Thursday, June 21, at Temple Sholom in Greenwich, Connecticut. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a dessert reception. Dietary laws will be observed.
Halevi will speak about his new book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” released in May. Halevi’s last book, “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation,” won the Jewish Book Council Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year award. “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” attempts to break the agonizing impasse between Israelis and Palestinians. Halevi directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in his book, longing for reconciliation as he explores how the present-day conflict looks through Israeli eyes.
Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Born and raised in Borough Park, Brooklyn, his father was a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor. After attending Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Brooklyn, he completed a BA in Jewish Studies at Brooklyn College and received his MS in journalism from Northwestern University. In 1982, Halevi moved to Israel and lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Sarah, and their three children. Active in Middle East reconciliation work, he was a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. In addition to the books he has authored, Halevi writes for Times of Israel and the op-ed pages of leading American newspapers.