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The Deborah Harris Agency

About Us

Deborah Harris

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

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

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

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

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

Ilana Kurshan - Translator and Editor

Ilana Kurshan is the author of If All the Seas Were Ink (St. Martin's Press, 2017), winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. She has translated books of Jewish interest by Ruth Calderon, Benjamin Lau, and Micah Goodman, as well as novels, short stories, and children’s picture books. 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 is the Book Reviews Editor, and her writing has appeared in The Forward, The World Jewish Digest, Hadassah, Nashim, Zeek, Kveller, and Tablet. Kurshan is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, summa cum laude, History of Science) and Cambridge University (M.Phil, English literature). She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four children.

Geula Geurts

Geula Geurts - Literary and 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, and has been living in Israel for the past ten years. She is interested in literary fiction, creative non-fiction, lyric essays, memoirs and poetry.

Jessica Kasmer-Jacobs

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. 

Jessica is interested in literary fiction, memoir, non-fiction, historical fiction and children's books.

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