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Carl Hoffman grew up in Boston and was educated in New York and Philadelphia. He held a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and lived among headhunting groups in Borneo and a remote hill tribe in the Philippines.

He worked as a university lecturer in the United States, a research anthropologist in Indonesia, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines; followed by a series of odd jobs with the U.S. State Department Refugee Programs, the Philippine Department of Education, and the Japanese Embassy in Manila. Dr. Hoffman lived in Israel since 1997 with his wife and two children.

Semi-employed as a freelance writer, his articles appeared more or less regularly in The Jerusalem Post and ESRAmagazine, and sporadically elsewhere. He was amazed and deeply grateful to have won a “First Place” award for “Excellence in Feature Writing” from the American Jewish Press Association for his article, “19 Hours and 20 Minutes in Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station,” published in the U.S. by Moment Magazine.

Carl is the author of two books: Punan (1986), an anthropological study of a jungle tribe in Borneo, and Lovetaps (2003), a collection of short stories. Dr. Hoffman also taught an advanced course in reading comprehension of academic writing for students in the social sciences at Israel’s Open University.

Dr. Carl Hoffman passed away in December 2019.

Love story ...Grant and Daniella Crankshaw in a scene from Against all Odds, an original autobiographical play about their romance and marriage (Photo: Courtesy of Center Stage)

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Stage door ... the Crankshaws in front of the Center Stage entrance in Raanana

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Recipes of my 15 Grandmothers, Genie Milgrom, Gefen Publishing House (2019) Soft Cover, 163 pages.

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The author Carl Hoffman as drawn by Denis Shifrin in February 2006




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