The Talma Yzraely Prize



        Talma Yzraely  1943-2003 ( Photo by Yael Rozen)

The Fund was established to commemorate Talma Yzraely, a much loved and respected teacher in the English Department, who passed away in January 2003. Talma Yzraely was the founder of the composition program, responsible for instilling fresh life into it every year, and for personally looking into every detail. An inspired teacher, she passionately cared about every student and knew how to elicit the best work from everyone. For those of us who were lucky enough to know her, her name is associated with the highest standards of excellence. The prize in her name would be a great honor for any student.


The Talma Yzraely Prize is awarded each January to the undergraduate student with the highest grade point average who has completed at least two semesters of the BA program. The prize is designated to help pay tuition fees.


​Recipients of the Talma Yzraely Prize:

2024: Klil Lifshitz, Michal Rotko

2023: Ann Prashkovsky, Ori Couriel

2022: Rotem Biran, Maya Sinay

2021: Tom Koren.
Runner-Ups: Merav Grossman, Maya Hollander

2020: Talia Wercberger

2019: Mika Moreh

2018: Leehu Sigler

2017: Joshua Samet

2016: Adi Lanoir

2015: Zeidy Canales and Eden Yoel

2014: Leonora Rosenfeld

2013: Roman Filkovsky

2012: Lior Levy

2011: Ronny Manor

2010: David Montifiori

2009: Olga Barenboim

2008: Margarita Volosin

2007: Orit Ben David

2006: Natanela Elias

2005: Ye'ala Karni

2004: Asia Gelfand


Recent annual lectures: 

Lecture by Dr. Maurice Ebileeni "What I Talk about when I Talk about Palestine"

Short talks on the theme of writing by Dr. Spencer Morrison, Dr. Dara Barnat and Ms. Tom Koren.


 Dr. Reut Barzilai University of Haifa

״ True Performing ״ Theatricality and Anti-Theatricality in Early Modern England


Prof. Karen Alkalay-Gut, An award-winning poet and scholar,Tel Aviv Univercity

“Rhyming a Way Out of Dying: William Ernest Henley’s Hospital Chronicles”


Dr Björn Quiring

"Before the Law? The Tribunal of Nature in Milton's 'Paradise Lost'


Prof. Maeera Shreiber, University of Utah

"Tremendous Poetic Potential 21st Century Jewish Poets Take on Kabbalah"


Dr Joseph Sterrett, Aarhus University

"The King's Ring: Trust and Sovereignty in Shakespeare's Henry VIII"


Professor Tzachi Zamir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

"Why Philosophers Read Shakespeare"


Professor Elliott Simon, Haifa University

"Thomas More's Humor in his Religious Polemic"


Professor Peter McCullough, Lincoln College, University of Oxford

"Doctor Donne and Doctor Faustus"


Professor Sandrine Sorlin, University of Montpellier

"The Power of Rhetorical Imposture"


Professor David Zarefsky, Norhtwestern University

"What Can We Learn from the Rhetoric of Abraham Lincoln?”


Professor Anne Pasternak-Slater, University of Oxford

"The Iconic in English Renaissance Literature, Especially Shakespeare,"


Professor Irene Tucker, University of California, Irvine

"Racial Sight: Kant, Skin, and the History of Medicine"

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