The Vardi Prize Competition in Student Writing

The competition is designed to recognize outstanding essays written by students in the English Department, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and to reward the most meritorious submissions. A special prize is also awarded to an outstanding male student of the English Department, a graduate of an Israeli high school who completed a full military service in the Israeli Defense Forces. Over the years, the competition has established high standards, and has been instrumental in promoting further academic progress for excellent students.


Born in 1950, Nadav Vardi's life, like that of many young Israeli men, was cut abruptly short during the Yom Kippur War. Yet even in his brief life Nadav showed himself to be a boy of great sensitivity and promise. A Sabra, Nadav felt a great love for his country: even after having spent part of his high school years in New York City where his father did post-graduate studies, he insisted on entering the army here, despite his parents' suggestion that he complete his college education in the United States. Upon conclusion of his army service, Nadav's plan was to harness his obvious talent for writing to the field of journalism. He decided, however, to first get his B.A. in English literature at Tel Aviv University. Just before the start of what would have been his third year, Nadav was called up to his tank unit for reserve duty at the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War. He was killed in action on 16 October 1973. (Based on a text written by Reeva Goldberg).


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The Annual Award Ceremony and Lecture In Memory of Nadav Vardi 2022-2023

The Annual Award Ceremony and Lecture In Memory of Nadav Vardi


‚ÄčThe Annual Award Ceremony and Lecture In Memory of Nadav Vardi


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 Professor Susan Mizruchi  - Boston University


Recent Recipients of the Vardi Prize for Excellence in Studies:

2022-2023: Yuval Loulay

2021-2022: Shira Chait

2021: Maya Hollander

2020 :Lynn Aizin

2019:  Nitzan Familia 

2018: Eyal Rosenstein

2017: Leehu Sigler 

2016: Liron Nahum

2015: Gili Karev

2014: Liron Nahum

2013: Nathanel Oshri

2012: Yoav Lapid

2010 : Keren Shafir

2009: David Pilavin

2008: Andrey Perlin

2007: Ishai Ravid

2006: Tal Rayman

2005: Nir Rubinstein

2004: Oren Guy

2003: Yotam Hadass

2002:  Roi Tartakovsky

2001:Mark Kaplan

2000:Anat Lotan

1999: Noam Reisner

1998: Oded Ilan

1997:Dror Segev

1996: Itay Amit

1994: Eran Mosseri

1993: Dror Abend

1992 : Yoram Hazan

1991: Oskar Schlesinger

1990:Batsri Gal

1989: Shai Levin

1988: Yoram Goldhammer,Shimon Mantell

1987:Bennet Kravitz,Oded Lapid

1986: Ofer Shelach,Tal Doron

1985:Daniel Sobol, Kama Amit


Recent Recipients of the Vardi Award for Best Paper on BA Level:

2022-2023: Ann Prashkovsky, Ori Couriel

2021: Ella Kay, Ron Hatsor

2020: Talia Wercberger

2019: Hen  Pinnes

2018:Lynn Levanon

2017:Tali Berlovich Paz

2016: Orin Pozner

2015: Elizabeth Krasnobrodsky

2014: Orin Pozner

2013: Gilad Gutman

2012: Alma Smilansky

2011: Keren Shafir

2009: Hadas Elber

2008: Einat Tzubary

2007: Ron Ben Tovim

2006: Avshalom Mane

2005: Julie Cohen, Rachel Bennett-Sela

2004: Zamir Libbi

2003:Yaara Keren

2002: Alperovitch Dalit

2001:Naomi Fry

2000:Olga Burakov

1999: Hanna Kupfer

1998: Noam Reisner, Sigal Goldsstein

1997:Yael Ben-Zvi

1996 : Amit Yahav, Dana Hallis

1994: Eva Goldfarb

1993:Louise Klaff

1992:Dan Sarel

1991: Gal Schlesinger , Naomi Mandel

1990:Noy Kinneret 

1989: Einat Avrahami

1988: Amalia Ziv, Nadine Schoenburg 

1987: Globman Tamar  

1985:Ofer Shelach,Yehudaioff Orna     


Recent Recipients of the Vardi Award for Best Paper on MA Level:

2022-2023: Liz Altshuler

2021: Hen Pinnes, Orit Klein Vartsky 

2020: Nitzan  Familia, Ido Keren

2019:Margarita Belova

2018:Margarita Belova

2017:Gilad Bronshtein,Omri Cohen

2016: Yafit Shachar

2015: Zeidy Canales,Nitzan Lapidot

2014: Yafit Shachar

2013: Tamar Gerstenhaber

2012: Eran Edry

2009: Tal Rayman

2008: Einav Ketraro

2007: Shira Avni (Honorable mention - Tamar Gerstenhaber)

2006: Mira Pevtsov Livchits

2005: Roi Tartakovsky, Maya Merlob

2004: Alperovitch Dalit

2003: Ariel Khason

2002: Noga Shai

2001:Galia Evron

2000: Elaine Smucha

1999: Adi Cohen

1998 : Natasha Tessone

1997: Dorina Iancu

1996: Malkiel Keisy

1994: Gal Manor

1993: Ismail Abu Shehadeh

1992: Einat Avrahami

1990:Shirley Zisser

1989 : Adler Tamara

1988: Elana Gomel, Anna Kissin Shechte

1987:Shirley Zisser, Olive Simon, Ruth Fluxman

1986:Elana Gomel, Rozen Ruth, Sue Catz

1985:Simon Olive


                 Nadav Vardi  1950-1973



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