Authors to discuss U.S.-Israel relationship

Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz, authors of “The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Election,” will discuss their book at several local appearances.

Gitlin will appear solo at 7:30 Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. The event is free. For information, go to www. or call (510) 547-2424, ext. 100.

The two authors will appear together at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. The event is free. Information: (415) 567-3327.

They also will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro, San Rafael. Tickets to the Marin JCC lecture are $12 to $15. For information, go to or call (415) 491-8081.

Weaving history, theology and politics, “The Chosen Peoples” tells the story of the two nations bound together by the notion of chosenness, and concludes that only by taking the concept seriously can both nations thrive. Gitlin is a Columbia University professor, while Leibovitz is an Israeli writer and editor.