Linda Scherzer, a former Middle East correspondent for CNN and Israel Television with extensive experience covering the Arab-Israeli conflict, will be the featured speaker at a special Shabbat service in Bethlehem, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley.
As CNN's correspondent in Jerusalem from 1988 through 1993, she covered the first Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, the Gulf War and the Middle East Peace process. During her years with CNN, Linda was probably best known for her interview with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu through a gas mask while Israel was undergoing a scud missile attack.
At Israel TV she was Arab Affairs correspondent for Mabat, Israel's Hebrew Language news program, becoming the first North American ever to work as an on-air reporter for the Hebrew news. While at Israel Television, Linda traveled to Damascus where she produced a series of reports on Arab attitudes towards Israel and the peace process.
The service is open to the public.