Yossi Klein Halevi

Israeli author and journalist, Yossi Klein Halevi will be the keynote speaker at the Jewish National Fund- USA’s (JNF-USA) “Virtual Breakfast” for Israel on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The breakfast time fund-raising program will be from 8 to 9 a.m. on Zoom and is free and open to the community.

Halevi’s topic will be, Israel: What Gives Me Hope.

Halevi writes for 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 books, including Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.

Lauren Iselin, JNF-USA president of the Capital Region board, said, “All proceeds raised during the JNF-USA “Virtual Breakfast” for Israel event on Nov. 30, will be matched up to $1 mil- lion. We are confident that Yossi Klein Halevi’s keynote speech will enlighten and inspire our supporters while helping us achieve our fund-raising goal.”

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 also received awards and praise. Other books include 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.

Organizers of the morning program, note that the date is “Giving Tuesday,” a year-round global movement that “inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.” According to organizers, JNF-USA has frequently hosted events, including previous Breakfast for Israel gatherings, on this day to give philanthropic individ- uals and current donors an opportunity to choose JNF-USA as their primary charity of choice.

“Please join members of our local community for our 2021 JNF-USA Breakfast for Israel and be part of
a fabulous event that we hope will inspire you on the ‘world’s biggest day of generosity” added Jody Ference, Capital Region Breakfast for Israel co-chairwoman. “It is imperative that we continue to raise money to support local businesses and critical environ- mental and nation-building activities in Israel’s Negev and Galilee communities, which have suffered greatly during the pandemic due to decreased travel and tourism.”

Information and registration are available at the local web registration page: https://www.jnf.org/events-land-ing-pages/jewish-national-fund-break-fast-for-israel-capital-region-2021, jnf.org/breakfastforisrael or by contacting Emily Pfeffer, JNF-USA senior campaign executive, New England at 617- 423-0999, ext. 812 or EPfeffer@jnf.org.