In recognition of his efforts to convey Jewish values and articulate a humanitarian vision across cultures, Israeli author and filmmaker Etgar Keret has been named the 2016 recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize.
Established in 2004 by Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and Stephen Bronfman — along with their spouses, Andrew Hauptman and Claudine Blondin Bronfman — to honor the values and commitment to young people of their father, Charles Bronfman, the prize, which includes a $100,000 cash award, recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to humanitarian work.
Best known for his short stories, graphic novels, and film and television projects, Keret has been one of Israel's most popular writers since his first collection of short stories was published in 1992. Hailed as the voice of young Israel, Keret's work has been published in forty-six countries and translated into forty-one languages, including Farsi, and has been featured in a variety of high-profile outlets, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, and National Public Radio.
"We recognize that humanitarian work is increasingly taking new forms and this marks the first time the Charles Bronfman Prize has been awarded to an individual who uses storytelling as a medium through which he challenges and inspires the way people think about themselves and the world," said Stephen Bronfman on behalf of the prize's founders and an international panel of judges. "Etgar Keret is an important international voice who speaks of the Jewish condition in contemporary terms and demonstrates that writers can play an influential and critical role within society."