Ephraim Tabackman

I am sad to inform you that David Margolis (David Yoel ben Shia Halevi v'Mirel) passed away Sunday night, July 17, 2005 at 11:30 PM Jerusalem time. May his memory be for a blessing.

2005-07-21 06:08:36  3

Dani Kollin  Email 

I had the pleasure of working with David for a number of years as a co-writer on various mutli-media projects. I came from the world of advertising, David; from journalism. Because mulitmedia at the time was relatively new there were really no rules. I naturally favored short and sweet copy while David preferred more meat for the bones. We compromised and that first project of ours went on to win myriad awards and international acclaim. What I will always remember is how deftly and kind heartedly David was in dealing with me. I was a know-it all 30 year old recent aliyanick full of hipper than thou attitude and he was 40 something year old with a fatherly, seen it all, been there countenance. I think I learned more about how to treat people from David's patience and wry grin than I ever did from any other individual. I will forever be indebted to him for that. It has made me a better husband, father and friend. Though David and I lost touch when I made Yerida four years ago, he always held a special place in my heart. It's reserved for few people. You know the type. You don't see them for years but when you do, the first thing you do is grin and then continue where you left off. There will be no more continuing. No more 'left offs.' And for that I am so very, very sad.

2005-07-21 17:25:36  6


Writer David Margolis dies

David Margolis, who chronicled hippie-to-Zionist transformation, dies
By Tom Tugend
LOS ANGELES, July 21 (JTA) -- David Margolis, who lived and chronicled the transformation of a 1960s-era American hippie into a deeply spiritual resident of a West Bank settlement, died July 17 at the age of 62.

A Brooklyn native, the widely published journalist, novelist and editor died of cancer and was buried near his home at Bait Yatir in the Hebron Hills.

Most recently, Margolis served as the ``Jewish World" editor of the Jerusalem Report magazine. Margolis described his hippie commune experiences in his first novel, ``Change of Partners," which was followed by ``The Stepman" and a collection of short stories, ``The Time of Wandering."

``I consider David the foremost chronicler of that slice of the Jewish 1960s that went from rootless, hedonistic hippiedom into, somehow, a deeply spiritual engagement with Jewish life and the challenge of Zionism.

That transformation is at the center of all his writing," said Martin Jaffee, a professor of Jewish and international studies at the University of Washington.

The screenwriter and novelist Robert Avrech described Margolis as ``a major American Jewish writer who never received the attention he deserved," and called him a ``a master storyteller with a wicked sense of humor."

The producer and writer David Brandes recalled Margolis as ``a true mensch and one of the sweetest people I ever met." Brandes cited the author's ``wry sense of humor and perceptive insights."

From 1990 to 1993, Margolis served as a senior writer, investigative reporter and award-winning feature columnist for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.

Yehuda Lev, his colleague at the time, recalled frequent serious but civil discussions with Margolis about their religious and ideological differences.

``David never succumbed to extremism," Lev said. ``He was that rare individual who combined idealism with practicality and overlaid them both with a protective layer of honesty."

After moving with his family to Israel in 1994, Margolis established himself as a successful freelance journalist for general and Jewish newspapers and magazines, created marketing materials for major Israeli universities and hi-tech companies, and co-wrote the prize-winning CD-ROM ``Artrageous! The Amazing World of Art.''

His writings were honored by the BBC, the American Jewish Press Association, the Israeli government, and the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, among others.

Margolis is survived by his wife, Judith; his children Hodya, Ephraim, and Noa; his grandchildren; his mother and two brothers.

2005-07-22 08:14:41  8

The Jerusalem Report


2005-07-22 08:26:16  10

Glenna (Tova) & Joe Shutkin  Email 

We have just learned of David's untimely death, and can only say how saddened we are. We were so happy when Judith and David decided to make aliya after their successful year in Arad. It was with such pleasure to follow his career and read his marvelous books and essays. This world will be a poorer place in his absence, but the memory of his life will enrich us all.

2005-07-23 11:02:58  11

Eve Heidi Bine-Stock (nee Smalheiser)  Email 

I am truly shocked and sorry to have just learned of David's passing. Knowing him made me a better writer and a better person. I wish I weren't at a loss for words but I am not at a loss for tears. G-d bless him and his family and friends.

2005-07-23 21:58:53  12

Nancy and Joe Atkinson  Email 

Judith, our love and thoughts are with you. We were terribly shocked to hear of David's death and feel a huge sense of loss. David was very important to us, in part by suggesting that Joe apply for that first fellowship that sent us to Israel 25 years ago. That was our immersion into Zionism and the beginning of a commitment to Jewish community that we have tried to honor always. More recently I enjoyed our on-line conversations about books and the current state of American Jewry; I could always count on David to respond thoughtfully to my own perspectives. Somehow, I imagined that David would always be available for those discussions. We will remember him with warmth, respect, and gratitude. This world is a lesser place without David.

2005-07-24 21:46:39  14

jean claude jones  Email 

we were the only two men sitting in a dream group a few years ago. i remember him well, we were on both mailing lists.
jc, musician

2005-07-25 12:04:21  15

darrel pearce  Email 

david and i became close while in the process of reinventing ourselves at the farm in the early seventies. he was my friend and my co-conpirator in keeping the cosmic giggle alive in those heady days of going "back to nature" and communal correctness. with judith, aram (ephriam) and noa we shared many magic moments and our fair share of struggle. after he moved to Israel our contact waned as time and distance took it's toll on our closeness. he will remain a presence in my heart and memory forever. i offer my love, shared sorrow and warm support to judith, ephraim, noa, hodya and the many lives he touched.


2005-07-25 12:28:23  16

Arnie Draiman  Email 

Judith and Hodya, Ephraim, Noa -

HaMakom Yinachem Etchem ...

David had a way with words, as you, Judith, have a way with pictures. It was a good match and we are all saddened terribly by the loss.

I am at a loss for words, so suffice it to say that your many friends in Jerusalem (and elsewhere) are all here for you, for all of you.

2005-07-25 12:34:21  17