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Gordis’s ‘Concise History’ of Israel to become 6-part docuseries

Jerusalem-based author’s 2016 National Jewish Book Award winner to be developed for TV with up-to-date additions

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Rabbi Daniel Gordis's 2016 book, 'Israel A Concise History,' has been acquired for adaptation into a six-part TV docuseries (Courtesy Stone Canyon Entertainment)
Rabbi Daniel Gordis's 2016 book, 'Israel A Concise History,' has been acquired for adaptation into a six-part TV docuseries (Courtesy Stone Canyon Entertainment)

Author Daniel Gordis is about to enter showbiz, now that his 2016 nonfiction work “Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn” has been acquired for a six-episode TV documentary series.

Gordis, a US-born Jerusalem resident and senior vice president at Shalem College, a right-leaning institute of higher education, will be creatively involved in the development of the series, which was acquired by producer Bradford Schlei’s Stone Canyon Entertainment and will be directed by Matthew Mishory.

A winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award, “A Concise History” was Gordis’s 11th book, followed by 2019’s “We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel.”

The producers will film additional material to cover the period since the book’s publication, including the Abraham Accords, shifting alliances in the Middle East, Israel’s new, diverse governing coalition, and the Israeli green economy. Production is expected to begin in 2022.

Mishory and Stone Canyon recently completed principal photography in Israel and the US on the documentary feature “Who are the Marcuses?” about a mysterious couple whose half-billion-dollar gift imagines regional conflict resolution in Israel and peace through water.

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