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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award


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 the Israeli Olympic team’s obsession with “barefoot sports,” this is the Israel you need to know, behind the headlines. 

“Chasnoff and Lovitt have given us a gift.”

- Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute

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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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