Author Francine Klagsbrun on her Biography of Golda Meir

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Author Francine Klagsbrun speaks about Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel, a  biography of the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel. Born in tzarist Russia in 1898, she immigrated to America in 1906 and grew up in Milwaukee, where from her earliest years she displayed the political consciousness and organizational skills that would eventually catapult her into the inner circles of Israel's founding generation.

Partners: Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County & Beit Chaverim Synagogue
Location: Beit Chaverim Synagogue, 85 Post Road West, parking is accessed on Cross St. 

Author photo credit Joan Roth

“A thorough and absorbing examination of the woman and her role in Zionism and Israel. Lioness wrests Meir from the shadow of the Yom Kippur War and presents her life and career as a lens to examine Israel’s challenges—borders, settlements, occupation, terror, and the social and ethnic divide between Jews of European origin and those of Middle Eastern origin.”
—Ethan Bronner, The New York Times Book Review

"Meir was Ben-Gurion’s “only man in the Israeli cabinet," a ferocious chain-smoking socialist leader without a high-level education but whose plainspoken speeches brought audiences to tears—and action. A terrific chronicle of a unique world leader."—starred Kirkus Review

“Scrupulously researched ... A major achievement.”
—Susan Jacoby, The Washington Post

Francine Klagsbrunis the author of more than a dozen books, including The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day and Married People: Staying Together in the Age of Divorce. Lioness received the 2017 National Jewish Book Award/Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year. Klagsbrun was also the editor of the best-selling Free to Be ... You and Me and is a regular columnist for The Jewish Week, a contributing editor to Lilith, and on the editorial board of Hadassah magazine. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, and Ms. Magazine. She lives in New York City.

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