The 2019 Forum

About the Forum

May 12-15, 2019

Since its inception in 1963, the Jerusalem International Book Fair has brought together members of the international publishing community for a week of professional and intellectual as well as informal gatherings.

The Jerusalem International Book Forum continues in this tradition, deepening and expanding the professional relationships formed in the friendly, open atmosphere that has become the signature characteristic of the JIBF. The Forum builds on the unique achievements of the Fair to offer a vibrant, relevant, and engaging platform for publishing professionals. The new JIBF will serve as both a workshop and social gathering, recognizing that the bonds and connections between people are among our most valuable resources. The new JIBF will serve as a meeting ground for discussing challenges, exchanging ideas, and sharing insights and experience.

At the heart of the new JIBF is a program of events (participation requires pre-registration) including panels, discussion groups, interviews, presentations and informal gatherings, where publishing professionals can engage in the free exchange of ideas with their colleagues.

In addition, the Zev Birger fellowship program (May 10-16, 2019), named after its founder and sponsored by the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group since its inception in 1985  — a week long professional seminar for a group of about thirty-five fellows — will continue to run in its usual format.

Since the beginning of the program it has produced over 550 Alumni. The Forum also offers special activities for returning Alumni. Participation of the Alumni is supported by Penguin Random House.

A series of cultural and literary events open to both professionals and the general public will also take place during the Forum as part of the collaboration between the Forum and the International Writers Festival of Mishkenot Sha’ananim.


JIBF Staff

  • Tzion Turgeman, CEO, Ariel Municipal Company
  • Yoel Makov, Director, JIBF
  • Sharon Katz, Production Coordinator, JIBF
  • Hadar Makov-Hasson, Content Manager, JIBF
  • Hamutal Menasheof, Production Assistant, JIBF
  • Ravit Yizhaki, Head of Productions, Ariel Municipal Company
  • Shani Levi, Financial Supervisor, Ariel Municipal Company


To the 2019 Jerusalem International Book Forum