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Deborah Harris - Director
Deborah moved to Jerusalem from the U.S. in 1979, after working in publishing in New York. She co-founded The Domino Press and, together with Beth Elon, established The Harris/Elon Agency, which was later renamed The Deborah Harris Agency. Deborah has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem International Book Fair for 20 years, as well as a founding board member of The Jerusalem Film and Television Fund. In 2011 she was presented with the Friend of Jerusalem Award. For more information please see our profile.
George Eltman - Senior Agent and Editor
George moved to Israel six years ago from the U.S., where he was a lawyer, judge and mediator in New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and the New York University School of Law.
Efrat Lev - Foreign Rights Director
Efrat has studied world and comparative literature at San Francisco State University and modern Jewish studies at St. Anthony’s College in Oxford. She obtained a publishing diploma from the University of California Berkeley Extension program. Efrat has worked as a bookseller and then in marketing for publishing houses in San Francisco (including HarperSanFrancisco & Jossey-Bass Publishers) and Israel (Hakibbutz Hame’uchad), before joining the agency in 1999.
Rena Rossner - Literary Agent
Rena is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars Program, where she double-majored in poetry and non-fiction writing. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin and holds an MA in History from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She worked at bookstores in four countries, has written extensively for The Jerusalem Report and The Jerusalem Post, and worked in PR, grant-writing, and website development at The Jerusalem Foundation. She is a writer of both fiction and poetry as well as the author of the cookbook EATING THE BIBLE, which has been translated into five languages.
Rena is interested in representing Literary and Upmarket Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction and Thrillers. Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction in all genres, She is also actively seeking Young Adult, Middle Grade and Picture Books.
Hadar Makov-Hasson - Literary Agent
Hadar Makov-Hasson is a graduate of Tel Aviv University (BA in Comparative Literature and Communications) and New York University (Ph.D. in Hebrew Literature, Post-colonial and gender studies). She manages the Israeli literature department at the Agency, representing new and emerging authors and abroad. She has worked as an editor at Black Dog & Leventhal, a small New York publisher specializing in unique non-fiction and reference books. In Israel, she served as the literary editor of the English journal Modern Hebrew Literature, and as a reader for Matar Publishing House.
Hadar is interested in literary fiction, culinary writing, cookbooks and creative nonfiction in both Hebrew and English.
Ilana Kurshan - Translator and Editor
Ilana is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, History of Science) and Cambridge University (M.Phil, English literature). She has translated two books on rabbinic literature in the Sages series by Rabbi Dr. Binyamin Lau (Toby Press), as well as Ruth Calderon’s A Bride for One Night (JPS). Her book Why Is This Night Different From Other Nights was published by Schocken in 2005. She is a regular contributor to Lilith Magazine, where she worked for eight years as the Book Reviews Editor, and her writing has appeared in The Forward, The World Jewish Digest, Hadassah, and Tablet. Before moving to Israel, she worked in the editorial department at Alfred A. Knopf and Schocken Books, New York.
Geula Geurts - Foreign Rights Agent
Geula received her BA in English Literature and her MFA in Poetry from Bar Ilan University. She grew up in the Netherlands, finished high school in South Africa and has been living in Israel for the past nine years. Her poetry chapbook "Where the Sea is Quenched of Thirst" is forthcoming from Red Paint Hill Press (2017). She is interested in literary fiction, creative non-fiction, memoirs and of course poetry.
Jessica Kasmer-Jacobs - Literary Agent and Editor
Jessica Kasmer-Jacobs recieved her BA in English Literature from New York University and her MPhil in Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin. Before moving to Israel, she was an editor at the Wall Street Journal Book Review. She has previously worked at the Joy Harris Literary Agency in New York, The Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin, and Blue Man Group in Boston.
Jessia is interested in literary fiction, memoir, non-fiction, historical fiction and children's books.
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