David Grossman Entrusts Personal Archive to National Library

Preeminent Israeli writer David Grossman has entrusted his personal archive to the National Library of Israel, where it will soon be made available to the public. The archive will provide unparalleled insights into the life and career of the celebrated novelist including drafts of all of Grossman's works to date, as well as comprehensive research materials gathered by the author as part of the writing process. The archive also includes press clippings dating back to the beginning of his career, literary critiques, prizes, honors and more, with materials in a variety of formats including manuscripts, printed materials and digital content.

Piyut and Prayer Series

"The Secret of Many Voices: A Journey to the Heart of Piyut and Prayer", a series featuring some of Israel's top musicians, poets and scholars, encouraged diverse voices to explore the world of piyut (traditional Jewish poetry) and prayer in different intellectual and musical ways. Each evening of the five-part series explored a different theme prevalent in the world of piyut, such as "Faith" and "Love", with speakers, discussions, text study and musical performances shedding light on each theme from a particular vantage point. Original texts from the NLI Music Collection and National Sound Archive played a central role in the series. The series preceded the launch of the new "Invitation to Piyut and Prayer" website, a collaboration between the National Library, LandMarks Program at the Jerusalem and Heritage Ministry, and Snunit, an Israeli NGO that develops Internet-based educational initiatives.


Leonard Cohen's "Halleluyah" performed by Shlomi Shaban and Rabbi David Menachem at the National Library of Israel

Summer Program for Children from East Jerusalem

NLI launched an exciting new summer program for Arab sixth graders from Jerusalem, enabling these children to engage firsthand with different types of material from the world-class Arabic and Islamic collections, including rare illuminated manuscripts, early traditional music, and more. Through activities in and around the Library and artist-led workshops, the children were given an opportunity to express themselves in creative ways, while having fun and making new friends.

Launch of Young Curators Program Pilot

The "Young Curators" summer program, in collaboration with Musrara: The Naggar School of Art, brought youth to NLI where they were exposed to its collections and given the opportunity to create a work of art Each participant chose a topic of interest related to the theme of "Recreation and Leisure" and then worked in mixed media with a student from Musrara and an NLI mentor. At the end of the program, the works were put on display at the Library with tours of the exhibition provided for the general public.

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