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Special edition to mark the 70th year of Israel’s independence

Culture Smart! Israel is a concise cultural guide that enables readers to get to the heart of this diverse, dynamic and paradoxical country and enable you to make the most of your visit. Independent since 1948, this 70th anniversary edition provides important insights into the complexities of Israeli society so that you will know what to expect and how to behave in different circumstances, avoid misunderstandings and form good relations both socially and in business.

While Israel is a modern and largely secular country, it is one steeped in biblical history and in which religion still plays an active role in public life. In seventy years it has grown from a sparsely populated strip of land into a vigorous democracy and regional superpower. Often called the Startup Nation, Israel is a world leader in a number of Hi-tech industries. Its democratic institutions, despite a political and social polarization in recent years, are among the most enlightened in the world.

The fight for survival has had a profound impact on the Israeli psyche. Every family has been touched by war, which has sharpened the zest for life. Nearly every citizen serves in the army, today a formidable fighting machine. Seismic changes in the wider region oblige it to maintain a critical edge. This pocket guide will help readers understand the country and its people beyond the headlines, ensuring for greater understanding and a far more valuable travelling experience, whatever the reason for visiting. 

 Marian Lebor is a journalist, filmmaker, and teacher born and educated in London. After graduating in History from Queen Mary College, London University, she moved to Israel with her young family in 1994. She writes for a variety of English-language publications in Israel and abroad on Israel-related themes, and her work has appeared in The Guardian and in Anglo-Jewish newspapers. She currently produces short feature films that highlight Israel’s diversity and culture for online magazines.

 Jeffrey Geri was a South African-born barrister who made Israel his home in the 1960s. Involved in all aspects of Israeli life, he worked extensively in tourism and advertising. He wrote several novels, two of which, Oh Henry and The Trouble With Francis, were based on the theme of immigration to Israel. Sadly, Jeffrey died in 2013.