Israeli author Amos Oz will come to Rochester this spring as the first Farash fellow for the advancement of Jewish humanities and culture, sponsored by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.
The program is designed to enrich Jewish heritage by celebrating and supporting the creative excellence of some of the world’s leading artists, philosophers and thinkers. Luminaries who exemplify the best in their fields will be selected for this biennial award. Fellows will use residencies in Rochester to devote themselves to their creative work, accompanied by opportunities for public engagement.
Oz will formally receive the Farash Fellowship Award at 5 p.m. on April 24 in the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum, 900 East Ave., Rochester. He will speak publicly on April 30 at University of Rochester.
“Max and Marian Farash expressly asked that the foundation vigorously support Jewish life, and we have supported Rochester’s Jewish institutions from the beginning,” said Holli Budd, executive director. “The encouragement and support of Jewish artists and thinkers — the very best from a global perspective — is another vital aspect of the foundation’s support for Jewish life. We are happy and honored that Amos Oz will join us to inaugurate this new fellowship program.”
Oz has published dozens of works, among them 14 novels, five collections of stories and novellas, two children’s books and 11 books of articles and essays. His 2002 memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” was turned into a movie produced by Natalie Portman. His works have been published in 44 languages in 46 countries. He holds many literary prizes and awards, and for many years was professor of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba. His latest novel, “Judas,” was published in 2016.