Acclaimed Author Amos Oz Inaugurates Farash Fellows Program

Farash Foundation news release

February 19, 2018

The widely-acclaimed, best-selling Israeli author Amos Oz will come to Rochester, New York this spring as the inaugural Farash Fellow for the Advancement of Jewish Humanities and Culture, sponsored by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.
Farash Fellows 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 a few opportunities for public engagement.
Oz will formally receive the Farash Fellowship Award and will present to the public at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum. He will also speak publicly on Monday, April 30 at the 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 Foundation Executive Director Holli Budd. “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 is an acclaimed novelist, short-story writer, and essayist who has been called “Israel’s best known literary voice.” He has published dozens of works, among them 14 novels, five collections of stories and novellas, two children’s books, and eleven books of articles and essays. (His 2002 memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness drew wide critical acclaim and was later 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. “The novel grapples with the humanity of Jesus; the basis of anti-Semitism in particular and prejudice in general; the hope for eventual peace in the state of Israel; love,” a New York Times reviewer said. “Oz pitches the book’s heartbreak and humanism perfectly from first page to last, as befits a writer who understands how vital a political role a novelist can play.”
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Residents of Rochester for virtually all of their lives, Max and Marian Farash cared deeply about their community. In 1988, they established the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation (, which makes grants to nonprofit organizations in Monroe and Ontario Counties, half of them for Jewish projects and programs.