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Israeli novelist Dorit Rabinyan on 'All the Rivers'

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Award-winning Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan's third novel, All the Rivers, was a sensation in all senses of the word. It was an immediate bestseller in Israel, was named one of the ten best books of the year by Ha’aretz, and was awarded the prestigious Bernstein Award for Literature. 

The novel also was banned from use in high schools by Israel's Ministry of Education. All the Rivers (also known as Borderlife) tells of star-crossed romance between an Israeli Jewish woman, Liat, and a Palestinian Muslim man, Hilmi, who are both living in New York. Many in Israel objected to students reading about such a relationship.

Dorit Rabinyan was born in Israel to an Iranian-Jewish family. She is the recipient of the ACUM Award, The Prime Minister’s Prize and the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Award. Her first two novels, Persian Brides and A Strand of a Thousand Pearls, were international best sellers.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest and JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.