Montclair native Miriam Herschlag is the opinion and blogs editor at The Times of Israel in Jerusalem where she oversees the largest and most diverse platform of first-person content in Jewish publishing. Herchlag will speak via Zoom at 11:00a.m. Saturday January 8th at Bnai Keshet. Her talk, “A Montclairite in Jerusalem: Fieldnotes from my inspiring, infuriating, flawed, beautiful home,” is open to all via Zoom (password: KAPLAN).
Herschlag can often be heard on “The Promised Podcast”, a weekly program on current events and cultural trends in Israel, and she co-founded “WhyWhyWhy!”, a storytelling live event and podcast. Herschlag served as education and training manager at Given Imaging, an innovative Israeli medical device company, and before that was an editor, anchor and reporter for the Israel Broadcast Authority’s radio and TV English news.
Herschlag grew up in Montclair where her late parents, Sondra and Irwin, were among the Reconstructionist synagogue Bnai Keshet’s founders. She moved to Israel in 1987 and she and her husband, journalist Jonathan Ferziger, have two grown kids, Yishai and Merav. They belong to Havurat Tel Aviv, a Masorti-Conservative congregation, and live in Jerusalem.
Her talk is part of Bnai Keshet’s Kaplan Minyan series, named for Reconstructionist Judaism founder Mordecai Kaplan. He sought to create a Jewish framework for discussions of ethics, culture, history, and current events. The series is designed for people who enjoy a communal Shabbat and want to enrich their understanding of Jewish peoplehood in an alternative, less traditional setting. For more information, visit www.bnaikeshet.org or call 973-746-4889