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Yivsam Azgad

Yivsam Azgad (Hebrew: יִבְשָׂם עַזְגָּד; born January 19, 1953) is an Israeli author, journalist and art curator.[1]

Azgad was born in Ra'anana, a third-generation Israeli and grandson of the pioneers who build the town of Ra'anana.[2] His grandparents arrived in Israel in the Second Aliyah, and he is descendant of a rabbinic family (HaLevi-Sochen; Hebrew: הלוי שוכן)[3] from Kaunas, Lithuania. As a teenager, wrote for the children’s newspaper Davar LeYeladim (Hebrew: דבר לילדים). He served in the IDF as a producer, scriptwriter, director and photographer/cameraman for training films; and after his discharge, he worked as an artist-photographer, and his work was exhibited in two solo exhibitions: one in the exhibition pavilion of Tel Aviv Municipality in Yehoshua Park, the second in the Jerusalem Theater.

At the same time, he began working as a magazine photographer for Yedioth Ahronoth (Hebrew: יְדִיעוֹת אַחֲרוֹנוֹת), and he soon switched to writing and editing. He had to two columns with bylines, one called "There is a Future" in the "Modern Times” supplement[4][circular reference], and "The Things to Come" in Yedioth Ahronoth for Children; and he had a personal column about raising children "Shlomit's Father", in which he gave his eight-year-old daughter the "right of reply" at the end.

He won a short story contest in Yedioth Ahronoth, published a number of short stories in various literary journals, and wrote two science fiction books - "Ant Works" published by Sifriat Poalim (Hebrew: ספרית פועלים)[5] and "Bridal Wedding" published by Keter Publishing House (Hebrew: כתר ספריםKeter Sfarim, "Keter Books").[6]

In 1985 he began to serve as editor of the weekend financial magazine of Yedioth Ahronoth - "Your Shekel" (Hebrew: "השקל שלך"). In 1989, he moved to Haaretz (Hebrew: הָאָרֶץ‎), where he edited a quarterly magazine on science and technology ("Tomorrow") and served as managing editor of several other periodic supplemental magazines, including one on economics, one in lifestyle ("Gallery") and more. Many of these were later incorporated as daily or weekly sections of Haaretz.[7][circular reference]

His writing on science awarded him an international prize and a fellowship from the Max Planck Institutes in Germany (EICOS). He also participated in a program for writing and scientific editing at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, United States.

Azgad then accepted the position of a spokesman at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and he became editor of the Institute's publications in Hebrew. Two years later, he was appointed Head of the Publications and Media Relations Department, taking on responsibility for its popular science publications, community relations, and special projects.

In this framework, in 2010, he initiated and produced the first "Science on Tap" event – an evening in which scientists discuss scientific innovations with the public in Tel Aviv’s bars, and pubs. This innovative way to approach the general public has become a model for many dozens of similar projects in Israel and around the world. Azgad also created and edits, together with the poet Meir Goldberg, the series "Nano Comics", which become very popular among children.

In addition to his other responsibilities, Azgad was appointed art curator of the Weizmann Institute of Science[8] and he completed his studies in art curating at Tel Aviv University. Since then, he has been exploring the concept of combining art and science: displaying contemporary art exhibitions in research spaces at the Weizmann Institute and exhibiting scientific images in art spaces in Tel Aviv and elsewhere.

In 2018 he published three books. The book "Life Begins Here - the never-ending quest for the last universal common ancestor", published by Yediot Aharonot Books (Hebrew: ידיעות ספרים),[9] is a comprehensive description of the human race’s struggle to reveal the origins of life from inanimate material, and it does so through a combination of science, philosophy, history, and art.

Two books (in Hebrew) he wrote together with his granddaughters Ariel, Galia, and Alma Tromer, "Galia and Ariel of the Two Worlds"[10] and "The Line of the Seasky"[11] were published by Tzameret Publishing House.[12] These books, accompanied by illustrations by Yuval Rubichek and Elit Avni-Sharon, are intended for girls aged 5-10, and they open the series "Friends from Another World." The series is aimed at empowering girls and instilling the value of gender equality. In the series' books, a clear statement is made that football, computer languages, spacecraft construction, sailing, and other adventures can and should be an inseparable part of the lives and worlds of girls of all ages and from different worlds.

Azgad is a member of the Hebrew Writers Association in Israel, The Association of Journalists in Tel Aviv and The National Association of Science Writers (NASW). In 2008 he set up a personal website[13] where he and his wife, Zoya, a psychologist and Harvard MPA (from the Harvard Kennedy School), publish articles on science, art, literature, management, lifestyle, and culture.


  1. ^ {{cite web|url= |title=List of publications by Yivsam Azgad, in the catalog of the [[National Library of Israel|National Library, Jerusalem | |date= |accessdate=2019-08-06}}
  2. ^ "The City of Raanana Heritage Website". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  3. ^ "Sefer Derech Avraham (Hebrew Edition) by Rabbi Avraham HaLevi-Sochen". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  4. ^ Supplements of Yedioth Ahronoth - Wikipedia in Hebrew
  5. ^ ""Ant Works" by Yivsam Azgad (in Hebrew), Hakibbutz Hameuchad -Sifriat Poalim Publishing Group". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  6. ^ ""Bridal Wedding" by Yivsam Azgad (in Hebrew)". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  7. ^ Sections of Haaretz - Wikipedia in Hebrew
  8. ^ "Where Science Meets Art, Spokesman's Office, Weizmann Institute of Science". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  9. ^ "Life Begins Here - the never-ending quest for the last universal common ancestor" by Yivsam Azgad (in Hebrew)
  10. ^ "Galia and Ariel of the Two Worlds" by Yivsam Azgad (in Hebrew)
  11. ^ "The Line of the Seasky" by Yivsam Azgad (in Hebrew)
  12. ^ "Tzameret Publishing House". 2017-07-13. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  13. ^ "". 2019-07-22. Retrieved 2019-08-06.