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Judith Rotem

Judith Rotem was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1942. As a baby, she was taken on the "Kastner train;" she  spent several months in Bergen-Belsen, and then in a refugee camp in Switzerland. She arrived in pre-state Israel at the age of 3. Later she married an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva student, and supported the family as a teacher while raising her seven children. In 1983, she divorced her husband and left the ultra-Orthodox community, taking her children with her. She subsequently wrote and edited hi-tech publications, published articles on various subjects and, as a ghost writer, she  has written a number of autobiographies for Holocaust survivors.
Rotem has published novels, a collection of stories, non-fiction books and books for children. She has been awarded the Book Publishers Association's Gold and Platinum Prizes for her bestseller, I Loved So Much (2001; 2004), the Prime Minister's Prize (2002), the Book Publishers Association's Gold Prize for her bestseller, Craving (2004), the Ramat Gan Prize for Whom My Soul Loveth (2010) and the Arik Einstein Prize (2014).
Judith Rotem by Porges

Books Published in Hebrew

The Story of the Religious Pioneers' Group: Bnei Akiva in Hungary (non-fiction), World Zionist Organization, Dept. for Torah Education and Culture in the Diaspora, 1985 [Bi-Vrit Yachad: Sipura Shel Tnuat Bachad - Bnei Akiva Be-Artzot Hungarya]
Distant Sister (non-fiction), Steimatzky, 1992 [Achot Rechoka: Olama Shel Ha-Isha Ha-Charedit Be-Einei Mi She-Yatz'a Mi-Sham]
Mourning (novel) , Am Oved, 1996, 2015 [Kriʹa]
I Loved So Much (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2000 [Ahavti Kol Kach]
Man in Whom is the Spirit: Zvi Goldfarb - His Life (biography), Kibbutz Dalia, Society for the Research of Zionist Youth Movements in Hungary, 2002 [Ish Asher Ruach Bo: Zvi Goldfarb - Chayav]
Craving (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2003 [Kulanu Tzme'im Le-Ahava]
A Footstool in Paradise (novella & stories) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2005 [Hadom Be-Gan Eden]
Longing (novel) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2006 [Kmiha]
Dana, Mom and the Napoleon Hill (children-picture bk) , Yedioth Ahronoth, 2007 [Dana Ve-Ima Ve-Har Napoleon]
Whom My Soul Loveth (novel) , Keshet, 2009; Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2010 [Al Mishkavam Ba-Leilot]
When Will You Come to Me (novel) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Matay Tavo Elay]
Almost as Told: Tales of Our Holidays (children) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2013 [Efshar Lesaper Zot Gam Kacha: Sipurei Ha-Chagim Li-Yeladim]
Until Father Comes Back (youth) , Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2015 [Ad She-Aba Yachzor]
Mighty Waters [with Menachem Ben Yami] (autobiography), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2017 [Mayim Rabim]

Books in Translation

Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli, 2000
German: Munich, Paul List, 2002; Munich, Dotbooks, forthcoming
Hungarian: Budapest, Mult Es Jovi, 2003

Distant Sister
English: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1997

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.
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.
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.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!