Yossi Klein Halevi is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University and Maital Friedman , he co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.
Yossi is the author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, a heartfelt plea for peace and new dialogue based on common ground in faith, published by HarperCollins in May 2018 coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. The book is a New York Times non-fiction bestseller and tops several Amazon bestselling lists.
He is also the author of Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, published in 2013, which won the Jewish Book Council’s Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award.
Yossi writes for the op-ed pages of leading American newspapers.
Other books by Yossi include At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land, published in 2001.
The novelist Cynthia Ozick called At the Entrance “a permanent masterwork.” The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, called it “extraordinary and heartbreaking…a book full of wonders.”
His first book, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist, told the story of his teenage attraction to, and subsequent disillusionment with Jewish militancy. The New York Times called it “a book of burning importance.”
Yossi has been active in Middle East reconciliation work, and serves as chairman of Open House, an Arab Israeli-Jewish Israeli center in the town of Ramle, near Tel Aviv. Yossi was one of the founders of the now-defunct Israeli-Palestinian Media Forum, which brought together Israeli and Palestinian journalists.
He was a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem from 2003-2009.
Yossi was born in New York. He has a B.A. in Jewish studies from Brooklyn College and an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University. He moved to Israel in 1982, and lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Sarah, a landscape designer. They have three children.