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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

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 April 29 to May 5, 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: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 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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