Family Matters: Courageous People in the Promised Land

Family Matters: Courageous People in the Promised Land

by Barbara Katzenstein Jimenez


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Why has the Israeli/Palestinian issue proved so intractable?
Why does the Western mantra affirming the separation of
Church and State fail to resonate throughout the Middle
East? Isn't it time to eschew platitudes and simplistic
solutions? Shouldn’t we start by heeding the dissonant
chorus of those many stripes of Jews, Christians and
Muslims living within Israel’s borders?

Who are these Israelis anyway? They are a heterogeneous
array of more than thirty-three nationalities, ethnicities
and religions, totaling eight million souls, who live cheek
by jowl in an area (7850 sq. miles) roughly the size of
New Jersey. The Negev Desert comprises three fifths of its
landmass. Additionally, two hundred and fifty six million
virulently hostile neighbors surround Israel, the majority
of whom wish for nothing less than its total obliteration.

FAMILY MATTERS, Courageous People in the Promised
Land’ describes the multicultural, multiethnic, multi
religious composition of Israel and the ideological
evolution that has occurred, over three generations,
in the twenty families interviewed and photographed.
It relates these peoples’ ideals, goals, realities and
changing attitudes spanning nearly a century. Their
stories are amazing profiles of courage, faith, hardship,
love, success and failure. Whether you are a Christian,
Jew, Muslim, Druze, Baha’i or Bedouin, had your ancestors
immigrated to Israel rather than to America, such tales
could have been yours.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615808321
Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 13.20(w) x 13.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Barbara Katzenstein Jimenez was born in New York City on December 7th, 1942. She attended the Bentley School, as well as the Martha Graham School of Dance, the Art School of the Museum of Modern Art and the Dalcroze School of Music. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y in 1963 with a concentration in history/ political science and married her husband, Luis Enrique Jimenez Vallecilla ( an industrial engineering graduate of Stanford U.) in November of that same year.

Subsequently, they moved to Colombia, S.A., where the author pursued graduate studies in Pre-Colombian archaeology.

Most interestingly, as a prelude to this present endeavor, the author photographed extensively and translatedfor Conciviles, S.A. a national construction company in Colombia. This led her to write a series of illustrated newspaper articles describing an international coal mining venture. It was a contentious projectthat involved issues of foreign investment, population displacement, royalty payments and repatriation of profits.

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