Times of Israel Presents

TV and radio star Sivan Rahav-Meir on journalism, Judaism and social media

Amanda Borschel-Dan to interview one of Israel’s top news anchors, in English, for Times of Israel Presents and Beit Avi Chai on January 21 in Jerusalem

Sivan Rahav-Meir. (Courtesy)
Sivan Rahav-Meir. (Courtesy)

Sivan Rahav-Meir, one of Israel’s most popular television personalities, will discuss her life, career and new book — in English — with The Times of Israel’s Jewish World editor, Amanda Borschel-Dan, on Sunday, January 21.

The evening is the latest in our popular series of English-language events produced in partnership with the Jerusalem cultural center Beit Avi Chai.

Rahav-Meir will talk about how she got started on her reporting career and how it feels to be one of few Orthodox Jewish women in Israel’s mainstream media.

‘Parasha: Weekly Insights from a Leading Israeli Journalist,’ by Sivan Rahav-Meir. (Courtesy)

Raised in a secular home, Rahav-Meir was introduced to the world of religious Zionism and now straddles the divide between the secular and religious worlds in the fast-paced atmosphere of Israeli news reporting.

Rahav-Meir will also answer questions about ethical dilemmas or uncomfortable situations where she has felt forced to choose between the demands of her work and her religious beliefs.

The reporter famously ruffled feathers last year with her refusal to congratulate Israeli pop legend Zvika Pick after his daughter Daniela got engaged to Quentin Tarantino.

Borschel-Dan will also ask about Rahav-Meir’s new book “#Parasha: Weekly Insights From a Leading Israeli Journalist” (Menorah), which grew from her popular weekly Torah study sessions in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and her pivot toward social media. The two will discuss the influence of social media in the modern newsroom — and the modern family.

After the interview, Rahav-Meir will be available to sign copies of the English edition of her book, which will be on sale.

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening — and join our mailing list for news of our future events.

Israeli journalist Sivan Rahav-Meir speaks to Orthodox Jewish women at a conference organized by the religious women’s magazine ‘Pnima’ in Jerusalem on September 13, 2016. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Sivan Rahav-Meir

One of Israel’s most popular media figures, Rahav-Meir is a prime time television newscaster, regular columnist for Yedioth Ahronoth, and host of an Army Radio show.

Rahav-Meir will discuss the English edition of her book “#Parasha: Weekly Insights From a Leading Israeli Journalist” (Menorah) with Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Times of Israel’s Jewish World and Archaeology Editor.

8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 21
Beit Avi Chai, King George 44, Jerusalem
Tickets NIS 40 HERE

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8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 18
Beit Avi Chai, King George 44, Jerusalem
Tickets NIS 40 HERE

Azriel Bermant & Elliot Jager

Author Elliot Jager (Ariel Jerozolimski)

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Book launch and discussion with Azriel Bermant, author of “Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East,” and Elliot Jager, author of “The Balfour Declaration: Sixty-Seven Words – 100 Years of Conflict.”

7:30 p.m., Tuesday February 27
Mishkenot Sha’ananim
Tickets NIS 40 HERE

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