Book Launch Discussion


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The Crown Center and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies present:

Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?

A Book Launch Discussion with Richard Cohen


Thursday, November 20, 2014
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
5:00 - 6:30pm

Join Shai Feldman and Ilan Troen for a “Davos-style” discussion with Richard Cohen on his new book Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?

In a 2006 column in the Washington Post, Cohen wrote that Israel’s creation was “an honest mistake” although “a well-intentioned mistake.” Sharp criticisms of the column induced Cohen to embark on a journey exploring, in a historical context, the role of Israel for modern Jews. But the journey also produced many questions, primarily whether, given the internal and external challenges it faces, Israel is sustainable.


Richard Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, where he has covered national politics and foreign affairs since 1976. He has written for numerous publications, including The New Republic, The Nation, Esquire GQ, and The New York Review of Books. He has received the Sigma Delta Chi and Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Awards for his investigative reporting.

Moderated by Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center and Professor of Politics, and Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

Free and open to the public | Refreshments will be served 
Book copies will be available for purchase