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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,2018

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Our new Spring 2019 catalogue of new books is up.
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"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
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Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
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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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