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Yossi Klein Halevi to headline JNF-USA’s virtual breakfast for Israel

New York Times best-selling author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi will be keynote speaker at Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) New England & the Capital Region Virtual Breakfast for Israel on Tuesday, Nov. 30. 

Halevi, who has written for several newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, is also author of four acclaimed books, including Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, which reaches toward Jerusalem-based Halevi’s Palestinian neighbors and explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes. Later editions of the book include 50 pages of responses from Palestinians and others throughout the Arab and Muslim world. 

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 received numerous awards and praise, including 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. 

Breakfast for Israel takes place on Giving Tuesday, a year-round global movement that “inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.”

“All proceeds raised during the JNF-USA Virtual Breakfast for Israel event on Nov. 30, will be matched up to $1 million,” says David Peskin, JNF-USA president of the Board, Southern New England.

Say Robin Santiago, JNF-USA New England & the Capital Region Breakfast for Israel Co-chair: “It is imperative that we continue to invest heavily in the growth of the Negev and the Galilee and to foster coexistence. It’s especially crucial that we continue and increase our support in local businesses, Jewish and Arab alike, as well as in environmental causes and community building in Israel’s frontiers, which have suffered greatly as a side effect of decreased travel and tourism during the pandemic.”

For more information and to register for this year’s Breakfast for Israel, visit or contact Emily Pfeffer, JNF-USA senior campaign executive, New England at (617) 423-0999 x812 or

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