At 90, veteran journalist Yuval Elitzur is still going strong

Elitzur reflects on bringing Israel’s story to the world at a time when many countries did not enter into diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

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November 1, 2017 18:52
THROUGHOUT HIS long career, Yuval Elitzur wanted to convey what the hemmed-in nation was accomplishi

THROUGHOUT HIS long career, Yuval Elitzur wanted to convey what the hemmed-in nation was accomplishing despite daily existential threats. Journalism provided one opportunity to do so, but diplomacy would provide another. . (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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Scratch any multi-generational Jerusalemite of Lithuanian background and the chances are very high that you’ll find a member of the Rivlin clan. While such people bear the genes, not all carry the name. A case in point is veteran journalist Yuval Elitzur, whose grandmother was a Rivlin.

Elitzur was born in Jerusalem in 1927 and celebrated his 90th birthday on October 27. He was born under the name of Juval Silberstein and changed his name in January 1947. That was the year he went to New York for the first time, arriving like so many others from the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Mandatory Palestine, as a Jewish youth emissary.

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