In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel
Book Reading and Discussion with
Avraham Burg and Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
Sponsored by Nation Books and the New Israel Fund
Hosted by Temple Israel of Boston
Tuesday, February 27th
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Program
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Book Signing
Born in 1955, Burg witnessed firsthand many of the most dramatic and critical moments in Israeli history. He chronicles the highs and lows of his country over the last five decades, threading his own journey into the story of his people. Burg explores the misplaced hopes of religious fundamentalism through the lens of his conservative upbringing, explains the cultural dominance of Israel’s military while relating his own experiences as a paratrooper officer, and probes the country’s democratic aspirations informed by his tenure in the Knesset.
With bravery and candor, Burg lays bare the seismic intellectual shifts that drove the country’s political and religious journeys. In Days to Come offers a deeply personal and unique reflection on Israel’s history, Zionism, and Jewish identity in the modern world.
In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel will be available for purchase at the event.
Avraham Burg was born in Jerusalem in 1955 to one of the most prominent families in Israel. His father, Dr. Josef Burg, was a German Jew who lost his family during the war and escaped from Germany to Palestine in September 1939. He went on to lead the National Religious Party and serve as a minister in the Israeli government from 1948 to 1988. His mother Rivka was a seventh-generation resident of Hebron and the daughter of the local community rabbi. Avraham Burg first took on a public role during the first Lebanon war in 1982, when he was a leader of the antiwar protests. He went on to serve as adviser to Prime Minister Shimon Peres, a member of the Israeli Knesset, the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization, and the speaker of the Knesset, among other public positions. Since his voluntary retirement from public life in 2004, Burg has become an outspoken leader of the Israeli left wing. He is the author of numerous books, including (in English) The Holocaust Is Over and Very Near to You. He lives in Nataf, just outside Jerusalem.
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