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Dov Silverman is the author of the FALL OF THE SHOGUN, a five-book historical series that appeared on the London Times Best-Seller List and was also published in German, Polish and Hebrew.  He won a 1988 Suntory Mystery Fiction Award in Japan for REVENGE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERDS; Published in Japanese was Writer-in-Residence at Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 1995; was a teacher at Writers Digest Magazine Correspondence School, 1994-1997.  THE KABBALIST (MYSTICISM) in English2007, Romanian 2009, Spanish 2012.

Dov (Robert) Silverman is the ninth generation on his mother’s side born in Brooklyn, New York.  After three years as a US Marine in the Korean War, he worked as a Long Island railroad conductor, an auctioneer, and he established Autar Microfilm Service.  While working nights on the Railroad and studying full-time days, he earned his high school diploma and went on to graduate from Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York, cum laude, at the age of 39.

Dov credits a spiritual meeting with God and a Tzaddik (righteous man), Jules Rubinstein, in the Brentwood (New York) Jewish Center, with setting him on the path of study, religious involvement and settlement in Israel.

The family settled in Safed in 1972.

In Safed, Dov taught English as a Second Language, was a high school principal, lecturer on teaching methods, a supervisor of English teachers, and taught Creative Writing at Universities in Israel and the United States.  He served four years as a Safed City Councilman.  His wife, Janet, was his editor and helpmate throughout their 50 years together. Janet passed away in 2010. Dov now lives in Raanana and is active as a Free Mason supporting wounded Veterans and coaching blind children to play Lawn Bowls.


November 30, 1957, Brooklyn, New York: Victor parked the car...
The blind leading the sighted ... Tali Sarnitsky, one of our best players who was born blind, teaches Zeev Bielski, Mayor of Raanana, to play bowls. Also pictured (from left) coach Lionel Samuelson, Yael Segal, Inbar Golt and coach Steve Freeman. The picture was taken at a summer program where 35 blind and visually impaired Tel Aviv children, aged from 6 to 15, were taught how to play bowls

Blind bowlers and their volunteer coaches

A year ago 16 coaches for blind persons started a new lawn b...
Illustration by Danielle Meler

ESRAmagazine Short Story Competition. THIRD PLACE I drove in...