Dr. Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University, New York
NAPH Conference coordinator
We are sorry to inform you that our esteemed member, Prof. Rafael Nir, has passed away yesterday in Jerusalem. Known to many of us – colleagues and former students alike - as Rafi. Nir was a professor of Hebrew language, Hebrew language education, and communication at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He devoted his academic life to the investigation of semantic and lexical developments in modern Hebrew. He also studied the language of Israeli media and published numerous essays on aspects of Israeli public discourse. Nir was the founder of the Center for Applied Linguistics at HU and also founded the Israeli Association of Applied Linguistics (איל"ש). Many of our colleagues who are affiliated with university teaching of Hebrew abroad remember him for the years he headed the annual workshops on “Teaching Hebrew Language and Literature” of the International Center for Teaching Israeli Culture in Universities Abroad.
Rafi will be remembered by all who knew him for his many academic achievements, the many books and essays he published but also for his personal charm, kindness, affability, and gentle manner. He was an active member of NAPH since the beginning and his illuminating presence will be sorely missed.
Our heartfelt condolences go to his beloved wife Miriam and their children, Ory, Einat and their families.
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Dr. Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen
Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature
Coordinator of Hebrew Language and literature Program
Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University
245 Lexington Ave, Room 904
New York, NY 10016