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Klein Halevi

Senior Fellow, Co-Director of Muslim Leadership Initiative

Yossi Klein Halevi is a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University and Jennifer Raskas, he co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.

Yossi is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor and co-host with Donniel Hartman and Elana Stein Hain of the Institute’s For Heaven’s Sake podcast.

He is also the author of Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, which won the Jewish Book Council’s Everett Book of the Year Award

Other books by Yossi include At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land, published in 2001. The novelist Cynthia Ozick called At the Entrance “a permanent masterwork.” The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, called it “extraordinary and heartbreaking…a book full of wonders.”

His first book, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist, told the story of his teenage attraction to, and subsequent disillusionment with Jewish militancy. The New York Times called it “a book of burning importance.”

Yossi writes for the op-ed pages of leading American newspapers. He is a former Contributing Editor of The New Republic.

Yossi was born in New York. He has a B.A. in Jewish studies from Brooklyn College and an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University. He moved to Israel in 1982, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Sarah, who helps run a center for Jewish meditation. They have three children.

Sep 25, 2023

If all it achieves is to liberate Israel from those who have tried to unravel the delicate balance between nationalism and democracy, decency and power, then dayenu – it's enough!

Yossi Klein Halevi


Aug 20, 2023

Yossi Klein Halevi, Matti Friedman, Daniel Gordis

Why world Jewry should support Israel, but not its current government, and ways to do so.

Jul 28, 2023

Understanding Israel’s moment of truth – from the war on Start-up Nation, to the moral crisis in Orthodox Jewry, to the author’s personal failure of empathy for political opponents

Jul 27, 2023

Yossi Klein Halevi discusses what’s happening in Israel right now on the Munk Dialogues.

Jun 14, 2023

Yossi Klein Halevi, Frances Geller

AJC Global Forum special plenary session with Frances Geller, AJC's Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT) alumni interviewing Yossi Klein Halevi

Jun 8, 2023

Yossi Klein Halevi, Michael Oren, Jodi Rudoren

Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi and Michael Oren, moderated by Jodi Rudoren of The Forward.

May 17, 2023

Younes Nazarian Memorial Lecture of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies on Yom Ha'atzmaut.

May 15, 2023

What are the possible futures for the State of Israel?

Apr 25, 2023

Here was a vision of our future; an Israel in which I, an American Jew with Bob Dylan as my soundtrack, might also find a place

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