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AJL Seeks to Reestablish a Group in Israel

Over Passover, I traveled to Israel to meet with AJL members, authors, illustrators, and publishers to see if we could reorganize a group there. My first day in Jerusalem, I met with Elhanan Adler at the National Library.

Israel 09 Elhanan Adler by you. The library was very exciting. Israel 09 National Library4 by you.They are working on digitizing some of their collection to make it accessible to more people.

I stayed with Anna Levine, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Regional Advisor for the Middle East and Sydney Taylor honoree for her Young Adult novel Freefall . We went to the once in every 28 years Blessing of the Sun at the Kotel.

Israel 09 00127 by you. When in Jerusalem, I also met with Jeff at Jerusalem Books.Israel 09 00026 He is looking forward to seeing everyone in Chicago where Jerusalem Books will be exhibiting.

Travelling north to Tsfat, I met with Esther Heller from Targum Press.Israel 09 00338 by you.

In Tel Aviv, I met Peninah Moed Koss, who is known in Israel for her picture books about Berale, a lovable snail. In the U.S. her young adult novel Real Time gives teens a thought provoking look at a suicide bomber and his victims. Peninah will be joining us in Chicago this summer and sent a present to each traveler to Convention-- a prayer to recite upon arriving safely.

David Elazar and Ya'akov Aronson were also very helpful in making suggestions about how to organize a group in Israel. Many thanks to everyone who met with me and offered me their hospitality and time and ideas. I hope to explore this in more detail when we all meet at Convention.

B'shalom,

Susan Dubin

AJL President
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