I was born in Manhattan and raised in Westchester County, New York. I attended public schools in Mamaroneck and Larchmont and later earned a BA in English and writing, with honors, from Barnard College.
As a teenager in 1966-67, I spent a gap year in Israel, thinking to find my Jewish roots. Instead, I discovered an alternate universe with competing narratives and realities, Palestinian and Jewish. By 1981, I had relocated to Israel/Palestine with the intention of working toward intercommunal reconciliation, eventually living not only in Tel Aviv and in Jewish villages in central Israel, but also for several years in Muslim Arab Palestinian communities on Israel’s coastal plain and near Jerusalem. My quest was to explore a different consciousness and help map a different path that could move us beyond the destructive dynamic of forever-competing narratives. This quest duly produced a short story, Dudu in Heaven (1996) and later a book, No More Enemies (2011).
Because the dysfunctional scenarios observable in Israel and Palestine have their counterparts in many other places, I have been thinking a lot lately about where humanity, and the planet, are going next.