writer, poet, playwright and lecturer, was born in Cairo, Egypt, and now lives in Haifa, Israel. She has published
25 books to date, that have won her several international prizes. She writes
in English and Hebrew, and her works have
been translated into several languages. Believing in the power of the word, she
is confident that literature and culture can help to heal the urgent ailments
of our global village, such as war, terror and conflict. The themes of love,
reconciliation, coexistence and peace, as well as equality of women, are major
ones throughout her various works.
Aharoni received her Bachelor Degree (B.A) in Literature and Sociology, at the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1965), her Master of Philosophy Degree (M.Phil.),
at London University (1967), on the “Father of the Novel” Henry Fielding, and
she was awarded her Doctorate Degree in Literature (Ph.D), on the Nobel Prize
Laureate in Literature - Saul Bellow, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
(1975). She lectured in the Department of English Literature at Haifa University and the University of Pennsylvania, and taught Sociology (Conflict Resolution), in the department of
Humanities, at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), in Haifa.
She has been widely
invited as Keynote Presenter and Visiting Professor at many universities and
other forums around the world, where she lectures on her research and on her
various books, and about the possibilities of “Conflict Resolution Through
Literature and Culture.” Her latest presentations on this subject was at the 36th
World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology (July 7-11, 2004, Beijing, China, and at the
Inter–State Parliament in Palermo, Italy, in September
2006). She was also Keynote Speaker at a Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in July
2007, on: Globalisation
For The Common Good , where she lectured on: GLOBAL
MULTICULTURALISM VERSUS THE “WAR OF CULTURES”.And in September 2007, she was Guest Poet,
at the International Peace Poetry Festival in Paris, where she presented her
Poetry Book: YOU AND I CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
has widely researched this subject, and has been interviewed on it as well as
on her books, in the media and major Television and Radio Programs, in several
countries, including: Italy, Israel, America, England, France, Australia,
Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, China, Finland, Japan, Korea, India, Mexico and South
Among her major
works are: the historical novel, The Second Exodus (1983), that
describes in literary form the forced exile of the Jews from Egypt in the
twentieth century, which she and her family were part of. Her second book: Memoirs from Alexandria, (1985), relates
the story of of the Jewish Hospital in Alexandria, and the heroic
deeds of its Head Nurse, Thea Wolf, who saved hundreds of Jews from the Nazi
Holocaust, through the Hospital, together with the help of Egyptian officials.
Aharoni’s acclaimed historical novel From The Nile to The Jordan, was
first published in 1994; it was translated into several languages, and was
awarded the “Haifa and Bremen Award”
and the “Merit Prize” in New York. In 1996 she
published The Peace Flower, a moving quest for hope and world peace, for
young and old. Her latest books: Not In Vain: An Extraordinary Life (Ladybug
Press, CA.. 1999), a larger edition of Memoirs from Alexandria, and
her important and timely Women Creating A World Beyond War and Violence
(2002), contain both prose and poetry. Four of her books have been recently
published as E-Books as well as CD’s (Rowe Publishing, England). Her poetry
collection: “A Green Week” has been put to music, and is sung by major
Israeli and American singers, it has been released as a CD, which together with
Aharoni’s books, can be ordered through the following website: www.iflac.com/ada in conjunction with
Among Aharoni’s published books are: novels,
biographies, and poetry collections, such as From The Pyramids to Mount
Carmel, in English, French, Hebrew, Arabic and Chinese. A Bilingual
collection of her “Selected Poems,” in English and Chinese, has been published
in Hong Kong (The Milky Way Publishing Company, 2002). In
addition, her poems have also been translated and published in journals in
several other languages, including: Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian,
Greek, Japanese, Korean, German, Gujarati, and Bengali. She has published two books of translations
of the Israeli poet: Shin Shalom, and other major classical Israeli poets,
including: Rachel, Leah Goldberg, Yehuda Amichai, and Amir Gilboa. Her
latest two collections of poetry: You and I Can Change The World (2000),
and The Pomegranate (2002), hail the new millennium as one in
which, according to her: “A world beyond war can indeed be created, if
humankind begin to listen to writers and poets for a change.”
Aharoni is the
Editor-in-Chief of the Anthology: A Song to Life and to World Peace (2003),
which is widely used as a Textbook in Univerisites and colleges, as well as of
the Anthology: Waves of Peace (1997), dedicated to the memory of Yitzhak
Rabin. She is also the founder and editor of the Literary Magazine Galim:
Waves (1987- 2004), and the online journal Horizon: Pave Peace. She
is the founder and editor of Lirit: Poetry Israel, the online magazine
of the Hebrew Writers Association, featuring major Israeli poets in English
translation. She is as well an Editor
for the UNESCO EOLSS Encyclopedia (2004 – 2005), and is in charge of the
section on: Non Violence, Peace Building, Peace Culture, and Peace Through
Literature. Her important and innovative
research entitled: “A New Peace Culture Required for Sustainable Global Development,”
was published in the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: “OUR
FRAGILE WORLD: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development” (2001
EOLSS Publishers Co. Ltd., pp. 917 – 934).
She is the Vice
President of the Hebrew Writers Asscociation
in Israel, and the Head of
its Foreign Relations committee. She
initiated, organized and presided at its important Conference in Tel Aviv, on
“Bridges of Understanding through Literature,” which was attended by both
Jewish and Arab writers (on September 6, 2004).
Aharoni is the
founder and international president of IFLAC:
PAVE PEACE, the International Forum for the Literature and Culture of
Peace (established in 1999 – website: www.iflac.com
). She chaired its founding congress "The International Congress on
Conflict Resolution Through Culture and Literature," in the Galilee (June 1999), the
second one, in Sydney Australia (2001), and the third one in London, England (2002). The latest
IFLAC Conference was in Bursa, Turkey, from 9-11
October, 2003. It was opened by the Minister of Culture of Turkey, and
the Minister of Religion. The Iflac conferences brought together
researchers, writers, poets, media, educationalists and diplomats, from twenty
five countries, many from conflicted areas, like Israel and Palestine, India
and Pakistan, Turkey and Greece - for the bridging of cultural bridges of
understanding and respect and the paving of peace between people and nations.
Aharoni is also President of the World
Congress of Poets XIII (Haifa, Israel, 1992), and convener of the PCC
"Pave Peace Through Culture and Communications" commission of IPRA:
the International Peace Research Association (1996-2005). She was
co-founder of The Bridge: Jewish and Arab Women for Peace in the Middle East
(1977 – 1999), in 1999, The Bridge, joined IFLAC, and it now functions as its
Her latest project
is the founding and organizing of the FIRST WORLD CONGRESS OF JEWS FROM
EGYPT, together with a group of researchers and writers on the Jews from Egypt in the twentieth
century. The Congress will take place in Haifa, from May 9 to 12, 2006.
Aharoni has been awarded several international
prizes and awards, among them are: The British Council Award, the Keren Amos
President Award, the Haifa and Bremen Prize, The World Academy of Arts and
Culture Award, the Korean Gold Crown of World Poets Award, the Rachel Prize, and the
Merit Award of the HSJE: The Historical Society of the Jews
from Egypt, for her "devoted and
unmatched efforts in researching the history and culture of the Jews from
Egypt, and to promote visionary literature and poetry proclaiming peace in the
world." In 1998, she was
elected one of the hundred “World Heroines,” in Rochester, New York, for her “outstanding
literary works for the promotion of women and peace.”
Ada Aharoni lives
on beautiful Mount Carmel in Haifa, where she has
dedicated her life to the creation of a peaceful Israel and Middle East and a better world
beyond war, through her writings and her wide activities, and the promotion of
bridges of multi-culture, peace and understanding.
Books by Ada Aharoni
1. Whispered Thoughts - Haifa Publications, Haifa, Israel, 1970.
2. Poems from Israel - Outposts, Surrey, England, 1972.
from Israel and Other Poems - Berger Publications, Pittsburgh, PA, 1974.
and Violets - Eked, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1978.
the Pyramids to Mount
Carmel - Eked, T.A., Israel, 1979.
The Second Exodus:
A Historical Novel - Bryn Mawr, PA, 1983. ISBN:
0-8059-2862-6. Library of Congress
Catalog Card No. 82-90872.
To Alexandria, Jerusalem and Freedom
- Dorrance & Co. Bryn
Mawr, PA, 1984. ISBN: 0-8059-2922-3. Library of Congress
Catalog Card No. 84-91127.
8. Shin Shalom: New Poems - A Bilingual
Edition, edited and translated from Hebrew to English by Ada Aharoni - Eked:
Tel Aviv, 1985. ISBN: 965-90139-4-9.
Bellow: A Mosaic, ed. Ada
Aharoni, G. Cronin and L. Goldman; Peter Lang, N.Y., N.Y., 1992. ISBN: 0-8204-1572-3.
Poems from Israel - Lachman, Haifa, 1992. ISBN: 965-90139-5-7
Song to Life and to World Peace, ed. A. Aharoni, Mike Scheidemann et al.
Posner and Sons, Jerusalem, 1993. ISBN 965-219-013-6.
the Nile to the Jordan - Tamuz, 1994, M.Lachman, 1997. ISBN: 965-90139-0-6.
Flower: A Space Adventure - Lachman, Haifa, 1994, 1996. ISBN: 965-90139. A Spoken Book Taped Edition was published by
Ladybug Press, Ca., 1999.
from Alexandria: Not In Your War Anymore - Hatikhon, G. Farah, Shfar-Am, 1997. ISBN:
Literary Magazine, nos 1 - 8, edited Ada Aharoni - Tammuz, Tel-Aviv 1985-
of Peace: In the Memory of Yitzhak Rabin, Galim 8, edited Ada Aharoni and
Judith Zilbershtein, Hatichon: Shfaram, 1997. ISBN 965-222-774-9.
Poems, A Bi-lingual Edition - Preface by M. Fawzi Deif, Cairo University, M. Lachman, Haifa, 1997.
In Vain: An Extraordinary Life - Ladybug Publishing House, California, 1998. ISBN
Poetry Israel, Founded and Edited by Ada Aharoni, Electronic
Magazine on Internet, the Hebrew Writers Association, Agudat Ha-Sofrim Ha-Ivrim,Tel Aviv, no. 1-
1997, no.2 - 1998.
20. Horizon: Pave Peace, Online Magazine, nos.1 - 5. IFLAC- IPRA, 1996 -
21. Metal et Violettes: (In French),
Characteres, Paris, 1996.
22. Du Nil Au Jourdain: (In French),
Stavit, Paris, 2002.
and I Can Change the World: Toward 2000, Micha Lachman, Haifa, 1999.
Women Create A World Beyond War and Violence, Micha Lachman,
25. Three E-Books and C.D’s: 1. You and I, 2. Peace Flower, 3. Women and
Publications, England, 2003.
Selected Poems: Bilingual, Chinese – English, The Milky Way, Hong Kong, 2002.
Interviews: A hundred and
twelve of Ada Aharoni's articles were published in professional
journals and magazines, from 1967 - 2005. She was interviewed on numerous media
interviews in international media (1980 - 2005).
Ada Aharoni’s poems were put to music by Robert Nissenson, and Yigal Alfassi. They are sung
by Revital Levanon and Anat Yagen and other singers, on the disc “A Green Week” and other discs, and
played on radio and TV (1999-2003).
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