Gershom Gorenberg is an American-born Israeli historian, journalist and blogger , specializing in the Middle Eastern politics and the interaction of religion and politics. He is currently a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, a monthly American political magazine.
Early life and education
Gorenberg was born in St. Louis and grew up in California
. In 1977, Gorenberg traveled to Israel to study and decided to stay on, eventually becoming a dual citizen:
I grew up in California and I came [to Israel] to study in 1977 -- I ended up staying and going to graduate school here, and beginning to work as a journalist... I'm a citizen of both countries and, for writing a book like this, that's very helpful because I'm writing about something I'm extremely familiar with. I'm also writing for an audience in the country I grew up in and I'm still very connected to. I think in both languages, as it were.
Gorenberg graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz
and earned his M.A. in education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
. He currently lives in Jerusalem
with his wife, journalist Myra Noveck, and three children. .
For many years an associate editor of The Jerusalem Report,
an Israeli biweekly news magazine, Gorenberg is now a senior correspondent for The American Prospect
, an American political monthly. He edited in 1996 a selected collection of Jerusalem Report essays published under the title "Seventy Facets: A Commentary on the Torah from the Pages from the Jerusalem Report," and co-authored the Jerusalem Report's biography of Yitzhak Rabin, "Shalom, Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin." In 2000 he published "The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount," and in 2006, his study of the origins of Israeli settlement in occupied territory, "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977."
Gorenberg blogs at South Jerualem together with Haim Watzman. He is a frequent guest on BloggingHeads.tv, particularly in discussions related to Israel.
Gorenberg has contributed features and commentary on politics, religion and aspects of Israeli-American relations to major American newspapers including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.
Gorenberg was an associate of the now-defunct Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University.
- The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977. Times Press. 2006. ISBN 080507564X
- The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount. Diane Publishing Company. 2000. ISBN 0756753864
- Seventy Facets: A Commentary on the Torah from the Pages of the Jerusalem Report. (Editor.) Jason Aronson Press. 1996. ISBN 1568219040
- Shalom, Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin. (Co-author.) Newmarket Press. 1996. ISBN 155704287X