The Manovill Conversations

Reporting Israel: The Personal, the Political & the Press

Founded in Founded in 1918, Haaretz – often called Israel's New York Times – is the country's most distinguished progressive daily newspaper in a country whose politics have moved to the right. Join three prominent Haaretz journalists and three leading American journalists as we explore the most pressing questions facing Israel today.

Reporting Israel

Ari Shavit & David Remnick

Ari Shavit & David Remnick: The Israel Question

Haaretz columnist and author of My Promised Land, Ari Shavit joins the New Yorker's David Remnick to discuss the complexities and contradictions inherent in Israel and the future of the country. [more]
Monday, December 2 • 7:00 pm

Aluf Benn & Jeffrey Goldberg

Aluf Benn & Jeffrey Goldberg: Foreign Affairs

Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn and The Atlantic Middle East expert Jeffrey Goldberg discuss the relationship between Israel's prime minister and President Barack Obama, the United States' role in the renewed Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations, US aid to Israel, Syria's civil war and the implications of a nuclear Iran. [more]
Thursday, February 20 • 7:00 pm

Uri Blau & Barton Gellman

Uri Blau & Barton Gellman:
Whistle-Blowers and Freedom of the Press


After writing about unlawful targeted military assassinations, Haaretz's investigative journalist Uri Blau was indicted and convicted for possession of classified documents under the Espionage Act. His source, Anat Kamm, was arrested and sentenced to four and a half years in prison for espionage. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman (Washington Post, Time) broke the story about the PRISM surveillance program based on the leaks provided by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. [more]
Monday, April 7 • 7:00 pm

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The Manovill Conversations are made possible through the generosity of the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation.

The Manovill Conversations are presented in partnership with Haaretz. Our partners for one or more programs in this series include the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest and the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

Our community partners for one or more programs in this series include Congregation Emanu-El, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Creative Writing Department of San Francisco State University, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the New Israel Fund.