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Robert Alter on The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

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

Free event at the Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco

One of the major poets of the twentieth century, Yehuda Amichai created remarkably accessible poems, vivid in their evocation of the Israeli landscape and historical predicament. His are among the most moving love poems written in any language — some exuberant, some powerfully erotic, many suffused with sadness over the fate of separation that casts its shadow across love.

Assembled by scholar and translator Robert Alter, The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai is the largest selection of Amichai’s work to appear in English, gathering the best of the existing translations alongside Alter’s expert renderings of previously untranslated poems.

Robert Alter is emeritus professor of Hebrew and comparative literature and founding director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. A distinguished literary scholar, he has published many works on the Bible, literary modernism, and contemporary Hebrew literature. His more than twenty published books include prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry and the biblical translations,The Five Books of Moses, The Book of Psalms, The Wisdom Books, and Ancient Israel: The Former Prophets. In spring 2015, Professor Alter was awarded two degrees of Doctor Philsophiae Honoris Causa, one from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and one from the University of Haifa.

Program made possible, in part, by Anne Germanacos, and by Jane and Michael Rice.
Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, the Israel Education Initiative (IEI) of Jewish LearningWorks, Congregation Beth Sholom, and the Academic Consortium of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

The Jewish Community Library is located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.

Later Event: January 25
Tu B'Shvat