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“Intense, funny, and full of love!”

- David Broza, musician


“A charming, relatable, and poignant take on the joys and mishigas of life in Israel. Israel 201 is a must-read!” 

- Sarah Tuttle-Singer, author of Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered

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In ISRAEL 201, Joel and co-author Benji Lovitt pull back the curtain to show you a more comprehensive portrait of Israeli society, beyond the typical “101” basics. 


From Jerusalem’s cat conundrum to shomer-Shabbos car insurance policies and the Israeli Olympic team’s obsession with “barefoot sports,” this is the Israel you need to know, behind the headlines. 

Watch the Israel 201 Pop-quiz video!



Visiting Israel with a tour group?

In Israel 201 Live, helps you prepare for and unpack your Israel visit, by explaining and making sense of the phenomena you'll meet  "only in Israel."

In-person and virtual options available in Israel and North America.

The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah

Joel’s cult-favorite memoir about identity, friendship, and the unique bond between soldiers in an IDF military platoon, based on his tour of duty in a combat unit of the Israeli army.


“A hilarious take on the sometimes absurd reality of life in the IDF.”

- The Jerusalem Post


Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love

 Mmmm, did someone say… shakshuka? 


In this award-winning cookbook, Joel teams up with Israeli chef and Chopped! champion Einat Admony to present more than a hundred Mediterranean dishes and hilarious essays about her career as a celebrity chef. 


"Inventive and heartily satisfying twists on Middle-Eastern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine."

- The New York Times


Essential Tennis: Improve Faster, Play Smarter, and Win More Matches

Joel and coach Ian Westermann’s bible of tennis improvement about how to play smarter, hit harder with less effort, and win more, for players at every level.  


"A must-read!"

- Paul Annacone, longtime coach of Roger Federer

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