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In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel
Book Reading and Discussion with Avraham Burg

Sponsored by Nation Books and the New Israel Fund

Hosted by the Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel of Boston

Tuesday, February 27th
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Temple Israel of Boston
Levi Auditorium
477 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02215

A book signing will immediately follow the event.

Free validated parking is available at the garage at 375 Longwood Avenue. Please bring your parking ticket to the desk at Temple Israel's entrance for validation. Temple Israel is two blocks from the Longwood stop on the Green "D" line.


Born in 1955, Burg witnessed firsthand many of the most dramatic and critical moments in Israeli history. In this groundbreaking work, 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.


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.

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson serves as Education Director at Temple Israel, a community that has long been her home. Before receiving rabbinic ordination and an MA in Jewish education from Hebrew College in Newton,  Rabbi Jacobson was on the path to become a scholar of Jewish Philosophy, receiving a MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School, a BA from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA from Columbia University along the way. Rabbi Jacobson is passionate about ensuring that Jewish community is inclusive and just, that educational programs allow students to bring their whole selves, and that prayer is meaningful, authentic and full of immense joy.


The New Israel Fund is the leading organization advancing and defending democracy in Israel. Widely credited with building Israeli progressive civil society, NIF has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to Israel since its inception in 1979. More about NIF here:

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Temple Israel has been an integral part of Boston Jewish life for over 160 years. We are a warm, urban congregation where all are welcome to live Judaism together through discovery, dynamic spirituality, and righteous impact.

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