Israeli photojournalist and educator Udi Goren appears at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 23 at the Bethlehem Public Library to lead us on the Israel National Trail in a 75-minute presentation that includes breath-taking photographs of Israel’s people, national monuments, mountains, creeks, and landscapes.

A personal crisis invoked by the 2014 war in Gaza motivated Goren to set out on a two-and-a-half-month journey along the Israel National Trail as a form of self-exploration and recovery.

Goren is the first professional photographer to have walked and documented the trail in its entirety. “Through the trail and through my own personal story, I tell the story of Israel,” Goren says.

World-renowned as one of the world’s best, toughest, and most beautiful long-distance hikes, the trail stretches 700 miles from Israel’s Lebanese border in the north all the way past Eilat in the south, close to Israel’s border with Egypt.

Following his service in the Israeli army, Goren graduated with honors from the visual journalism program of the Brooks Institute of Photography in California. He interned with

National Geographic Television and with famed photojournalist Ziv Koren. In addition to his work in Israel, Goren, a travel photographer, has visited, documented, and collected stories around the world. He considers Israel the most interesting place he has traveled. “I think that Israel, my homeland, is the most interesting place on earth. In such a small place, you can find such extremes and variety, different scenery and people, religions, and history. However I also have fascinating anecdotes and pictures to share of Argentina, Cuba, Rwanda, Mexico, Mongolia, and Nepal.”

Goren’s visit is made possible by the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire and is locally sponsored by Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Bethlehem Public Library, and the Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center. Light refreshments will be served following his presentation. For a preview of his artistry, visit his website: www.udigoren.com/lectures/a-walk-of-the-land-the-israel-national-trail.

You are invited to experience the beauty of Israel through Udi Goren’s lens and fascinating stories as he presents Israel’s history, cultures, and natural sites. The event is free and open to the public.