Since moving to Jerusalem in 1982, writer Yossi Klein Halevi has seen Israel go through a lot: vicious acts of terrorism, disengagement from the Gaza Strip and, a decade ago, the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The Israel correspondent for The New Republic and an occasional contributor to the opinion pages of The New York Times, Halevi will be bringing his expertise on the Middle East to the Bryn Mawr Theater on Nov. 20, where a screening of "Out for Love … Be Back Shortly" is scheduled.
The documentary about the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Halevi and the film's director, Dan Katzir. (For information on the event, call 610-645-8380.)
Halevi "has familiarity with the American experience and life in Israel during a tumultuous time, so he brings a unique perspective to an American audience," said Alyse Unterberger, kehillah coordinator for Kehillat Lower Merion, which is sponsoring the event with the Israeli Consulate; Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim; and the Israeli Film Festival of Greater Philadelphia.
A general discussion on Israeli life will follow the discussion of the film.
"One of the topics he speaks about is religious Zionism," said Unterberger of the speaker, "and what Israeli society looks like since withdrawal."
A child of Holocaust survivors, Halevi was once a member of the Jewish Defense League, but left the group in 1975. Several years later, he moved to Jerusalem, where he's lived with his wife for more than 20 years.
While in town for the weekend of Nov. 18, Klein also plans to speak to congregants at Main Line Reform Temple during Friday-night services and to members of Adath Israel during its Saturday-morning service.
To learn more, call Main Line Reform (610-649-7800) and Adath Israel (610-664-5150).