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

He has 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 has lived in Israel since 1997 with his wife and two children.

Semi-employed as a freelance writer, his articles appear more or less regularly in the Jerusalem Post and ESRA Magazine, and sporadically elsewhere. He is amazed and deeply grateful to have recently 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.

He 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 teaches an advanced course in reading comprehension of academic writing for students in the social sciences at Israel’s Open University.

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)

Under construction ... the Center Stage box-office

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.

Genie Milgrom with traditional food her grandmothers would have made in Spain

If this were only an article about a recently published new ...

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




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Tripping out of Tel Aviv: Day Hikes by Public Transportation...




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Promised Landby Martin FletcherThomas Dunne Books, St. Marti...

Lost Memories and New Beginnings: Unearthing Family Secrets ...

Preventable Tragediesby Ruth ShidloHoepoe Publishing, 2017Am...
In October 1943, these two Danish fishermen made about 10 night-time crossings from Copenhagen to Sweden in boat K1657 with two or three Jewish fugitives each time hidden under herring nets. As October was the peak season for herring, nocturnal fishing trips didn’t raise any suspicions

Arne Rabuchin ... one of the youngest Holocaust survivors in Israel today

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Dr. Einat Wilf ... we have in our hands the ability to shape our destiny

Dr. Wilf addresses the audience in Herzliya

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Stella Yudko . . . comes from a musical family Photo: Nicole de Castro

Charles Garrett . . . evoking memories of Motown Records

Zac Hilon . . . started singing at 11 Photos: Nicole de Castro

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Sharon Farber ... recently visited her family in Bat Yam

Sharon pictured with Holocaust survivor and actor Curt Lowens

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​"The Spanish Inquisition sought to punish Jews who had conv...

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“Glass is a magic material, and in a certain sense a spiritual one. Glass is at once tangible and intangible. Like man, it is both material and spiritual. It has mass and yet it defies mass. Pure like water, transparent like air, it is thought and reality bringing into doubt our sensorial experience and at the same time enriching it with a new understanding. Glass is a box, an envelope, a tool, a mediator, a memory... Glass is the most imaginative material that man has ever created.”-- Václav Cigler

Back in 1967, Czech film director Miloš Forman made a movie ...