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Abraham Chalfi

Abraham Chalfi (1904-1980) was born in Lodz, Poland. He then studied at a Russian high school in the Ukraine, where he began acting in an amateur theater group. He arrived in Eretz Israel in 1924 and worked in agriculture, construction and road construction. He joined the worker's theater, Ohel, when it opened in 1925, and in 1953 he became a member of the Tel Aviv Cameri municipal theater. He began publishing poems in 1933. Many of his poems were set to music and became popular songs.

Books Published in Hebrew
From One Corner to Another, Yachdav, 1939 [Mi-Zavit El Zavit]
Poems of the Poor Self, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1951 [Shirei Ha-Ani He-Ani]
As Strangers in the Rain, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1958 [Ke-Almonim Ba-Geshem]
Facing Stars and Earth, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1962 [Mul Kochavim Ve-Afar]
No-Face Is Coming Towards Me, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1966 [EinPanav Ha-Holchim Likrati]
Selected Poems, Eked, 1968 [Shirim: Mivchar]
The Shadow of Everywhere, Eked, 1970 [Be-Tzel Kol Makom]
Out of the Dunghill, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1974 [Me-Ashapot Yarim]
Old and New Too, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1977 [Yashan Ve-Gam Chadash]
Poems from Dark Times, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1984 [Shirim Min Ha-Zman He-Chashuch]
Poems [two vols.], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1986; 1988 [Shirim]
We Both Loved the Songs of the Stars [bilingual: Hebrew & Yiddish], Habermann Institute, 1991 [Shneinu Ahavnu Shirat Kochavim]

Silly Billy (children) Sifriat Poalim, 1973; 2009 [Nili Ve-Tali Ve-Roni Tipshoni]
Seven Dwarfs and Other Children's Songs (children), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1986 [Shiv'a Gamadim Ve-Od Shirei Yeladim]

Books in Translation
Selected Poetry
Yiddish: Lydda, Habermann Institute, 1991

Abraham Chalfi

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

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
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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!