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Scholar in Residence, Matti Friedman: Shabbat Dinner & Presentation

Friday, December 2, 2022 8 Kislev 5783

7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

We’re very excited to welcome Matti Friedman to Congregation Beth El from his home in Jerusalem. 

After Shabbat evening services, Matti Friedman will discuss: 

Israel and the Media Israel has long been a subject of fascination for the world, but in recent years the media’s treatment of the Israel-Palestinian conflict has become an obsession that erases background and context and is inflaming global hostility toward Israelis and Jews. How has this media malfunction happened? What does it look like on the ground? And what can be done? I’ll use my years in the foreign press corps here, and the ideas I discussed in my essay on the subject, to try to answer those questions and help observers understand the gap between the real country of Israel and the way it is portrayed.

Matti Friedman, a journalist, is the author of four works of nonfiction. His most recent book is “Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai.” An award-winning journalist and authoritative voice on covering Israel and the Middle East, Matti’s work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC. A former Associated Press correspondent and essayist for the New York Times opinion section, he currently writes a monthly feature for Tablet Magazine. His writing has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the Atlantic, and elsewhere. He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem with his family.


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