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Isaac Dov Berkowitz

Isaac Dov Berkowitz (1885-1967) was born in Slutsk, Belorussia. He studied in a cheder and educated himself in secular subjects. One of his first stories, printed in 1903, won a literary prize in a short story competition held by a Hebrew newspaper. In 1905 he became literary editor of a Hebrew journal, and his articles and stories appeared in most of the Hebrew and Yiddish publications of the day. In 1906, Berkowitz married Sholom Aleichem's daughter. In 1909 he moved to Warsaw, where he edited the literary page of a Yiddish journal. Several volumes of his collected stories were published in Hebrew and Yiddish from 1910 onwards.
Berkowitz settled in Eretz Israel in 1928, and became one of the first editors of the weekly, Moznayim. He published his translation of the collected work of Sholom Aleichem along with reminiscences of the great Yiddish writer and his generation. Berkowitz was awarded the Tchernichovsky Prize twice for his translations (1944; 1955), the Bialik Prize twice (1952; 1965) and the Israel Prize for Literature (1958). 

Books Published in Hebrew
Srories, Krakow: Yosef Fisher, 1910; Berlin: Moriah, 1923 [Sipurim]
Stories (youth), Odessa: Moriah, 1910; Jerusalem: Moriah, 1922 [Sipurim: Pereh Adam; Misha'el]
The Last One (syory; youth), Piotrków: Mikra, 1910; New York: Sofrim, 1922 [Ha-Acharon]
The Naive Moshe-Yossi and His Son (story; youth), Piotrków: Mikra, 1910 [Moshe-Yossi Ha-Tam U-Vno]
Purim Play (play; youth), New York: Sofrim, 1922 [Mischk-Purim: Machazeh Hitulim]
To the Uncle in America (story; youth), New York: Sofrim, 1922 [El Ha-Dod Be-Amerika]
The Debate (youth), New York: Sofrim, 1922 [Ha-Vikuach: Bdicha Mini-Kedem]
Stories, New York: Kadimah, 1919 [Sipurim]
Plays, Dvir, 1928 [Machazot]
At the Hospital for Dolls (youth), Dvir, 1928 [Be-Veit-Ha-Cholim Shel Bubot]
Last Ones (stories), Dvir, 1929 [Achronim]
Menahem-Mendel in Eretz-Israel (novel), Dvir, 1936 [Menachem-Mendel Be-Eretz Israel]
The Days of the Messiah (novel), Dvir, 1938 [Yemot Ha-Mashiach]
Our Forebears as Human Beings (memoirs), [5 vols.] Dvir, 1938-1943; [1 vol.] Dvir, 1976 [Ha-Rishonim Ki-Vnei Adam: Sipurei Zichronot Al Shalom Aleichem U-Vnei Doro]
America Immigrates to the Land of Israel (story), Ofer, 1946 [Amerika Ola Le-Eretz Israel]
Collected Works [12 vols.], Dvir, 1951-1966 [Kitvei I. D. Berkowitz]
Menahem-Mendel in the Kibbutz (story), Am Oved, 1952 [Menachem-Mendel Ba-Kibbutz]
Selected Srories, Dvir, 1953 [Sipurim Nivcharim]
Collected Works [2 vols.], Dvir, 1959; extended ed. 1964 [Kitvei I. D. Berkowitz]
Childhood (memoies), Am Oved, 1966 [Pirkei Yaldut: Beit Aba]
Two Stories, Dvir, 1969 [Shnei Sipurim: Pereh Adam; Ha-Acharon]
Stories: Selection, Dvir, 1980 [Sipurim: Mivchar La-Chativa Ha-Elyona Shel Beit Ha-Sefer]
Cut Off (story), Babel, 2001 [Karet]

Him and His Son [Habima, 1934]





Isaac Dov Berkowitz

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
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