A few weeks back I wrote a letter to New York Times correspondent Isabel Kershner asking her if she is Israeli, as I’d been told. She did not respond. Well my friend J.J. Goldberg of the Forward has now answered my question. In a blog item devoted to Jewish anxiety (yes, Jews are at risk, remember) over the New York Times’s use of the word "Jewish nationalists" in a headline about Zionists romping in Jerusalem, Goldberg writes:
The Times correspondent who wrote that article, Isabel Kershner, immigrated to Israel from her native England as a young woman and spent a couple of decades in Israeli journalism and Jewish education before joining the Times a few years ago. By now she’s thoroughly Israeli (and, for full disclosure, a friend).
So: Kershner’s Israeli. And she is married to an Israeli, Hirsh Goodman. The other Times correspondent, Ethan Bronner, is an American Jew also married to an Israeli. At the most important newspaper in determining the conventional wisdom in the U.S., that is quite a mishpocheh, as my mother would say (Yiddish for clan). South Africa never had it so good!
h/t Alex Kane. Thanks.