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Yitzchak Mayer

Yitzchak Mayer was born in Antwerp,​ Belgium, in 1934. At the outbreak of World War II, his family fled, were captured in France, then escaped and lived under cover until his father was caught and deported to Auschwitz, where he died. His mother eventually found refuge in Switzerland with her two sons. Mayer immigrated to Palestine in 1946. He studied literature and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
After working as a teacher, he became director of the Yemin Orde Youth Village. Later, he served as ambassador to Belgium and Switzerland; he was also head of Jewish education in the Diaspora and adviser to the Minister of Education on international affairs. Today he is senior adviser to the Center for Strategic Dialogue at Netanya Academic College, and writes on social and political matters for the Israeli press.
Mayer has published fiction, drama and poetry. In 2014, he was awarded the French WIZO Prize for Silent Letter.
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Books Published in Hebrew

Freinds from Youth: 20 Songs for Solo and 1-4 Voices Choir for Schools and Youth Movements [with Emile S.Y. Seculetz], Yemin Orde, 1974 [Re'ei Neurim: 20 Shirim Le-Solo U-Le-Makhela Le-1-4 Kolot Avur Batei-Sefer U-Tnuot-No'ar]
To the Suppressed Fire (play), The Ministry of Education and Culture, Department for Torah Culture, 1977 [La-Esh Ha-Kvusha]
Till Dawn (play), The Ministry of Education and Culture, Department for Torah Culture, 1978 [Ad Alot Ha-Shachar]
At a Crossroads (essays), Elinar Library, Department for Torah Education and Culture in the Diaspora, 1993 [Ba-Tzomet]
Cro-Magnon: Five Plays, Yad Laad - Testimony House of Religious Zionism and the Holocaust Heritage, 2002 [Kromanyon: Chamisha Machazot]
Silent Letter (autobiographical novel) , Sifriat Maariv, 2010 [Isha Achat]
To a Safe Haven (autobiographical novel), Sifriat Maariv, 2013 [El Chof Mivtachim]
Twilight: Basic Values According to the Sages and the Test of Times (essays), World Zionist Organization/ The Jewish Agency, Eliner Library, 2014 [Bein Ha-Arbayim: Erchei Yesod Al Pi Chazal U-Mivchan Ha-Zman - Pirkei Iyun Ve-Hagut]

Books in Translation

French (Switzerland): Neuchâtel, Éditions Alphil, 2013
English: Oakville, Ontario, Mosaic Press, 2017
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Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

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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.
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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:
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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:
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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: http://www.netanyaaaci.org.il/WebPages/BoxOfficePages/lectures2.htm And for more details about the title click here: http://www.ithl.org.il/page_15644
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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