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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 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.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
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.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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