Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Jonathan Safran Foer boosts Jerusalem culture

Two of America's leading young Jewish novelists, husband and wife Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss, have spearheaded a cultural initiative in Jerusalem:

    Two of America's leading young Jewish novelists, husband and wife Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss, have spearheaded a cultural initiative in Jerusalem: the revival of the Jerusalem Fellows at Mishkenot Sha'ananim.

    Mishkenot, a cultural hub in the shadow of Yemin Moshe, the capital's famous windmill, used regularly to host artists, writers and musicians when the late Teddy Kollek was mayor of Jerusalem.

    Time, money and politics meant that the invitations and acceptances dried up, but they were revived this summer by Mishkenot's director-general Uri Dromi, in co-operation with New York's Foundation for Jewish Culture.

    The first guests, besides Mr Foer and Ms Krauss, were visual artist Shelley Jordon, choreographer/dancer Reggie Wilson and urban planner Josh Sirefman.

    Mr Foer and Ms Krauss were named by the New Yorker magazine as two of the world's 20 most influential novelists aged under 40. Mr Foer, best known for his breakthrough novel Everything is Illuminated, told Time Out New York: "Ostensibly, writers, unlike visual artists or choreographers, do not really need to commune with their environment.

    "But when you're staying in the same room in which Saul Bellow wrote To Jerusalem and Back and Amos Oz wrote chapters of A Tale of Love and Darkness, you're placed within a special context.

    "Then you roam the streets and the special Jerusalem atmosphere entices you to leave your shell."

    His wife, novelist Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love, said: " I can tell you that I am actually in the place I'm writing about for my next book.

    "When I needed to speak to a judge, because I have such a character in my book, people referred me to one who was eager to talk to me. There is nothing like Jerusalem anywhere else in the world."

Uk News

Iran 'threatens the world' Netanyahu tells May

Lee Harpin

Monday, February 6, 2017

Iran 'threatens the world' Netanyahu tells May
Analysis

Donald, please swot up on your jihadis

John R Bradley

Friday, January 20, 2017

Donald, please swot up on your jihadis
Israel

Israel fire eyewitness: 'We were trying to out-...

Orlando Radice

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Israel fire eyewitness: 'We were trying to out-...
Uk News

Netanyahu and May meet for first time

Lee Harpin

Monday, February 6, 2017

Netanyahu and May meet for first time
Uk News

Interview with the Chief Rabbi

Marcus Dysch

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Interview with the Chief Rabbi
Israel

Meet the rabbi that's making waves

Tim Marshall

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meet the rabbi that's making waves
Israel

‘Gifts for Bibi’ investigation is ‘in final straight’

Anshel Pfeffer

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

‘Gifts for Bibi’ investigation is ‘in final straight’
Israel

Israel on fire: Counting cost of a nationwide i...

Anshel Pfeffer

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Israel on fire: Counting cost of a nationwide i...
Israel

Israeli navy submarine deal could be sunk

Anshel Pfeffer

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Israeli navy submarine deal could be sunk