Essential Israel: Voices of the 21st Century, Dr. Rachel Fish

by | Oct 9, 2017 | What’s Happening

Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 pm
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus

What is the Arab/ Israeli conflict and why hasn’t it been resolved? What explains the failure of American diplomatic efforts to bring about peace in the Middle East? Can Israel be both a Jewish and a democratic state?

Dr. Rachel Fish, Ivy League educator, documentarian, and activist, will discuss her latest book, Essential Israel: Essays for the 21st Century, a compilation of essays from authors describing the cultural, political, and historical landscape of Israel. This unique collection of voices helps answer the questions that contemporary readers want to know as it relates to the complicated makeup of the country.

At 25, Fish was named as the Forward’s 50 most influential American Jewish leader. Currently the associate director of the Schusterman Center at Brandeis University, Fish completed her doctoral degree in 2013 in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department at Brandeis University. In 2015 she held the Rohr Visiting Professorship at Harvard University, where she lectured on modern Israel and received the Derek Bok Certificate of Teaching Excellence. She is co-editor, with Ilan Troen, of Essential Israel: Essays for the Twenty-First Century.

Fish will be in Tidewater as part of the 2017–2018 Israel Today series and the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival.

To learn more about the Israel Today series or to RSVP to this free and open to the community event, visit, or call 757-321-2304.

*of blessed memory