Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History
Lisa Alcalay Klug is an award-winning journalist who divides her time between California, New York and Jerusalem. A contributor to the New York Times and many other publications, she is the author of two Amazon-bestselling humor books, Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe and Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe. Her books, which celebrate Jewish identity, tradition and culture, are playful spoofs on lifestyle manuals and show how to be Jewish and love it. Lisa has twice been named Erma Bombeck Humor Writer of the Month by the University of Dayton and was named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards for Cool Jew -- the first humor book ever honored in the history of the "Jewish Pulitzers." Lisa is a stringer for the New York Times and has contributed hundreds of articles to a wide range of outlets including the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes.com, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Fodor’s, Shape, Self, Men’s Fitness, Chicago Sun-Times, Associated Press and Los Angeles Times. Her work has also been featured on the covers of Hadassah and Moment magazines, as well as in the Forward, Canadian Jewish News, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Jewish Woman, New York Jewish Week, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, Savvy Auntie, Kveller, Jerusalem Post and many other media outlets. As a special correspondent, her television reporting has appeared on IBA, Israel's English TV News. And as an author, she has appeared on many radio and television programs including the celebrated cable program, Connie Martinson Talks Books, and Jewish Life TV, Jewish Television, Network, The Jewish Channel and Shalom TV, where she subsequently serves on the network's advisory board. A popular public speaker, Lisa has presented more than 100 times across the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel and engages audiences with her good humor and candor. Her presentations are impactful, entertaining and poignant and audiences are touched by her stories about her unique family background and the legacy that inspires her work. Lisa is the descendant of the former chief Sephardic rabbi of Sarajevo, Rabbi Yehuda Alcalay, a Zionist forerunner credited with influencing Theodore Herzl and the initial concept of JNF. Her Sefardic great-grandparents were among the earliest residents of the historic Nachlaot neighborhood outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem; many other relatives served in the Haganah, Jewish Brigade, IDF and critical battles in the Golan and Sinai Peninsula. Lisa is also the daughter of an Ashkenazo Holocaust survivor, which has had a profound impact on her. She has documented her father's survival and their "roots trip" to Poland and Germany in articles, video and photos. Lisa has taught week-long intensives on inspirational women in Judaism at multiple Kol Echad spirituality retreats in Maui, presented, moderated panels and led story slams at five Jewlicious Festivals in Los Angeles, and spoken at Jewish Federations, bookstores and book festivals, JCCs, synagogues, the Technion and about a dozen U.S. universities and 13 Limmud conferences around the world. Lisa is the assistant director of Schmooze: The IJPA Jewish Culture Conference and has served as a judge at the Simply Manischewitz Cook Off. As a consultant, she partners with organizations to present public programs, panel discussions, workshops and seminars. At the University of California at Berkeley, Lisa earned a master degree in journalism and a bachelor degree in Middle Eastern Studies with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa. She has also completed extensive doctoral work in Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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