Famous Writers from Israel

List of famous writers from Israel, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Israel is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Israeli writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Israel and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list has everything from Shuki Levy to Menahem Golan.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Israeli writers?" and "Which writers are from Israel?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Israel in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Israel, but they're all of Israel descent.
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    • Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
    • Nationality: United States of America,Israel
    • Works: New York, I Love You, Eve, Frontal Lobe Activation during Object Permanence: Data from Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar
    Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award ...more
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York
    • Nationality: United States of America, Israel
    • Works: A Soldier of the Great War, Winter's Tale, Freddy and Fredericka, A City in Winter, Ellis Island and Other Stories
    Mark Helprin (born June 28, 1947) is an American novelist, journalist, conservative commentator, Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, ...more
    • Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Works: To the End of the Land, Ah hadash legamre, Rural process-pattern relationships, Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson, Media Violence Alert
    David Grossman (Hebrew: דויד גרוסמן‎; born January 25, 1954) is an Israeli author. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and have won numerous prizes. He addressed the ...more
  • Menahem Golan
    Dec. at 85 (1929-2014)
    • Birthplace: Tiberias, Israel
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Works: The Delta Force, The Apple, Mack the Knife, Lupo, Crime and Punishment
    Menahem Golan (Hebrew: מנחם גולן; May 31, 1929 – August 8, 2014) was an Oscar-nominated Israeli film producer, screenwriter, and director. He was best known for co-owning The Cannon Group with his ...more
    • Birthplace: Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Eurasia, Israel
    • Nationality: United States of America, Israel
    • Works: Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, The big nap, Bye-Bye, Black Sheep, The cradle robbers
    Ayelet Waldman (Hebrew: איילת ולדמן‎, born December 11, 1964) is an Israeli-American novelist and essayist. She has written seven mystery novels in the series The Mommy-Track Mysteries and four other ...more
    • Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Greater Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Nationality: Palestinian National Authority, Argentina, Spain, Israel
    • Works: Parallels and Paradoxes, Mi Vida En La Musica, Una Vida Para La Musica, A Life in Music, Die Musik
    Daniel Barenboim, KBE (German: [ˈbaːʁənbɔʏm]; Hebrew: דניאל בארנבוים‎; born 15 November 1942) is a pianist and conductor who is a citizen of Argentina, Israel, Palestine, and Spain. The current ...more