Pnina Moed Kass

Pnina Moed Kass has been living in Israel since 1969. After teaching high school English for a number of years she decided to take a break and go back to writing. Her writing background in the U.S. has been as a lyricist (ASCAP member), a staffer at the magazine, Opera News, a publicist for a record company and a variety of other jobs that called for writing skills. The switch in Israel from teaching to writing worked out. After a few years she had authored children’s books , scripted a TV series, and done a lot of freelance writing both in Hebrew and in English. She had also garnered awards and recognition for her short stories and her contemporary novel set in the Middle East. Among them: the international Reading Award for Best YA Short Story, inclusion in the Cricket Magazine 25 year Anthology (“Celebrate”,) and other citations by librarians and teachers. Her novel, REAL TIME, won the prestigious National Jewish Book Award, The Sydney Taylor Award and other accolades. The eight books of the picture book series “Berale” about a shy but adventurous snail can be found on the shelves of kindergartens and local libraries throughout Israel. Also popular is the website www.berale.com Though she lives in Israel, in the city of Herzliya, Moed Kass has traveled to speak about children's literature, about contemporary life in Israel, and about her work both in Europe and the U.S. In Israel, she makes frequent appearances, reading the “Berale” stories at libraries and community centers. Her children used to be part of her audience, now it’s her grandchildren. Biographical material and reviews Assoc. of Jewish Libraries websiteAnswer.com

The story of the discovery and salvage of a 2000 year old waterlogged wooden boat from the Sea of Galilee stretching over fourteen emotive years.

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The Boat and The Sea of Galilee - A Review
Category: Literature
Issue No. 144
 

To stand in line is endemic to Israeli society. It used to be where you first learnt the basics of Hebrew and the nuances of Israeli reasoning. Today we have numbers and a great tradition is, in a sense, lost.

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The Line
Category: Israel
Issue No. 144
 

Pnina Moed Kass reviews The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn and A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz, both memoirs of modern Jewish history. Mendelsohn mixes his personal history with 20th century events when he sets out to find out what happened to members of his own family. Oz writes about his early life in Israel with his intellectual parents and the problems they had compared with the comparable ease which his own life took.

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REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST - A Review
Category: Literature
Issue No. 149
 

Pnina Moed Kass gives the highest praise to the Jerusalem Review. Published in English this magazine is packed with wonderful articles – food for the intellect. An excellent Israeli product, sent round the world, and it does not need an export license!

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Made in Israel-The Jerusalem Review
Category: Literature
Issue No. 166
 

A compelling review of the English translation of Elazer Stern’s book describing the painful emotions, decisions and confrontations he faced as a general in the Israeli army for 30 years. A must read.

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Struggling Over Israel’s Soul - a review
Category: Literature
Issue No. 168
 

Pnina Moed Kass reviews 2 books of historical interest, both of which she says were solidly researched, compiled, and edited. The first is In the Shadow of the Red Banner, by Yitzhak Arad which Pnina says is a fascinating historical record of the part Soviet Jewry played in the war against Nazi Germany. The second book is called Peace in the Making (The Menachem Begin-Anwar El-Sadat Personal Correspondence). Pnina compliments the editors on a breathtaking collection of letters, transcripts of speeches, press conferences, interviews, photos and official documents.

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Retrieving History -  A Review
Category: Literature
Issue No. 159
 

A review of a stunning art book, containing out of the ordinary artistic content and quality printing historically recording the history of mosaic art going back 40,000 years.

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Hebraic Mosaic - A Review
Category: Literature
Issue No. 163
 

In this world of graphic icons and virtual reality the symbols used must be based on reality - but how can they be communicated with? The circle with a heavy dark line through it or an entry or exit sign, can they be spoken to? Pnina Mod Kass would love to communicate with the many symbols she “meets” every day.

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The barrier of anonymity
Category: Features
Issue No. 165
 

The late Dr. Brian Braude held some intriguing conversations with Pnina Moed Kass while she was on his dentist’s chair. She remembers his talks about the many journeys he undertook and how she persuaded him to write about them for ESRA MAGAZINE.

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Dr. Brian Braude 1947-2011
Category: People
Issue No. 161
 

Pnina was impressed by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's book KOSHER LUST. She says it is well-written, makes many telling points, and despite its eyebrow-raising title, is worth a read.

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Lust is good. Well, who would have thought it? - A Book Review
Category: Literature
Issue No. 176
 
 
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