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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

Spanish: Buenos-Aires, Editorial Leviatán, Forthcoming

NEWS

Professional program of literary translation 2018 September 3rd - November 11th - CITL of Arles (France) November 22 - 27 - Tel Aviv (Israel) Deadline for filing applications with the CITL: Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Details in the link below
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Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
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Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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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!
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The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 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: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 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, birkenhauer@013.net and Gadi Goldberg, gadi.goldberg@gmail.com
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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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