Monday, Nov. 3, 7:00 PM 2150 Giffen Ave., on the corner of Stony Point Road and Giffen, just south of Sebastopol Road.
Israeli author appeals for separation of religion and state
Israeli journalist Ofra Yeshua-Lyth, author of the recently re-released The Case for a Secular New Jerusalem: A Memoir, will speak Monday, Nov. 3 in Santa Rosa about why she believes the religious nature of her country is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This discussion will be meaningful for Jews who have begun questioning Israeli policies, Palestinians and their allies, and everyone who is interested in finding a just and peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
In the Israeli newspaper Haaretz book reviewer Ilana Hammerman wrote, “ The analysis is a controversial consideration of the question framed by the Hebrew subtitle: Why don’t Israeli’s have a secular democratic state. The subtitle appears without a question mark, perhaps because the answer is obvious from the start: because there is no separation of church and state in Israel.”
Born and raised in Israel, Yeshua-Lyth served as a soldier in the Israeli army and as a correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Maariv in Germany and the US. She is an ardent feminist and the mother of a daughter who refused to serve in the Israeli army.
As part of an international book tour, she will speak beginning at 7 p.m. at the Stony Point campus of the First Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, 2150 Giffen Ave., on the corner of Stony Point Road and Giffen, just south of Sebastopol Road. Admission is a requested donation of $7 to $10. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. There will be refreshments following the talk.
This event is co-sponsored by the North Coast Coalition for Palestine, Sonomans for Justice and Peace in Palestine, the Petaluma Progressives and the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County.