The widely-acclaimed, best-selling Israeli author Amos Oz will come to Rochester this spring as the inaugural Farash Fellow for the Advancement of Jewish Humanities and Culture, sponsored by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.
Farash Fellows is a residency program designed to bring some of the world’s leading Jewish artists, philosophers, and thinkers to Rochester. While Fellows in this new, ongoing program will primarily use their residencies here to devote themselves to their creative work, they also will have limited opportunities to meet with the public.
Oz will formally receive the Farash Fellowship Award and will present to the public at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum.
Oz is also scheduled to speak at 5 p.m. Monday, April 30 at the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library under the auspices of the University of Rochester’s Humanities Center, Department of Religion and Classics, and Center for Jewish Studies, with additional sponsorship from the Farash Foundation.
“Max and Marian Farash expressly asked that the Foundation vigorously support Jewish life, and we have supported Rochester’s Jewish institutions from the beginning,” said Foundation Executive Director Holli Budd. “The encouragement and support of Jewish artists and thinkers—the very best from a global perspective—is another vital aspect of the Foundation’s support for Jewish life. We are happy and honored that Amos Oz will join us to inaugurate this new Fellowship program.”
Oz is an acclaimed novelist, short-story writer, and essayist who has been called “Israel’s best known literary voice.” He has published dozens of works, among them 14 novels, five collections of stories and novellas, two children’s books, and eleven books of articles and essays. (His 2002 memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness drew wide critical acclaim and was later turned into a movie produced by Natalie Portman.) His works have been published in 44 languages in 46 countries. He holds many literary prizes and awards, and for many years was professor of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba.
His latest novel, Judas, was published in 2016. “The novel grapples with the humanity of Jesus; the basis of anti-Semitism in particular and prejudice in general; the hope for eventual peace in the state of Israel; love,” a New York Times reviewer said. “Oz pitches the book’s heartbreak and humanism perfectly from first page to last, as befits a writer who understands how vital a political role a novelist can play.”