“Memoirs of a hopeful pessimist” is the autobiography of Jewish feminist and interfaith activist Dr. Debbie Weissman, a resident of Jerusalem.

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For many people, "observant Jew," "feminist," and "interfaith pioneer" are not necessarily words they would put together in the same sentence. And yet, in this book by Dr. Debbie Weissman, each is a vitally important aspect of a dynamic and passionate life.

Between 2008 and 2014, Weissman broke new ground by serving two terms as the first Jewish woman president of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). On her quest to do interfaith work, she tells about meeting people from other religions and the unique friendships that ensue. Weissman does not have a ringside seat to history; she is in the ring itself, having created institutions and movements in areas such as interfaith relations, women's education, Israeli peace initiatives, a new prayer community, and much more.

Her engaging journey - related with humor, grace, and style - discovers meaning and hope in the life of a pessimist.