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Haim Watzman

Haim Watzman is a Jerusalem-based writer, journalist, and translator. He is the author of Company C: An American’s Life as a Citizen-Soldier in Israel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2005) and A Crack in the Earth: A Journey Up Israel’s Rift Valley (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2007). Haim was born in 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. After receiving a B.A. from Duke University he moved to Israel, where he has lived since 1978 and worked as a freelance translator and journalist. His translations include Tom Segev’s The Seventh Million, Elvis in Jerusalem, and One Palestine Complete, as well as David Grossman’s The Yellow Wind, Sleeping on a Wire, and Death as a Way of Life. As a journalist, he he served as Israel correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education and the British science journal Nature . Links to articles of interest can be found here. Haim currently writes the monthly Necessary Stories column for The Jerusalem Report. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Ilana. He has four children: Mizmor, completing her studies in animation at Sapir College; Asor, an officer in the Israel Defense Forces; Niot, who during his service in the Golani Brigade was killed in a tragic accident in April 2011; and Misgav, currently in a pre-army program. He is an active member of Kehilat Yedidya, a liberal Orthodox community equally concerned about democracy in Israeli society and traditional Jewish values.

Haim can be found on Facebook and on Twitter. His Twitter name is Haim_Watzman

Haim speaks and performs in Israel and overseas–information on his speaking topics and his new “Necessary Stories” performance can be found on his speaking topics page.

Contact Haim by e-mail at

Photo of Haim Watzman by Debbi Cooper