With profound sadness, we announce that Ambassador Yehuda Avner passed away on March 24, 2015 in his beloved Jerusalem at the age of 86. Condolences, which will be shared with his family, may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. May his memory be a blessing. —Sheryl Abbey, Publicist
The Prime Ministers Part II Premieres to Acclaim
The Prime Ministers: Soldiers & Peacemakers, the second of a two-part documentary based on Ambassador Avner’s bestselling book, had its World Premiere November 18, 2014 in New York. More than a thousand people filled the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to be among the first to see the highly anticipated film. Founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Director Richard Trank, representatives of Moriah Films, and members of Ambassador Avner’s family were in the audience to celebrate the film’s release. Premieres followed in Toronto, Chicago, and Jerusalem. The Prime Ministers: Soldiers & Peacemakers will be shown at select theaters throughout the US and Canada in Spring 2015. For further information, please visit the Films Page.
Ambassador Yehuda Avner was an Israeli former diplomat, and prime ministerial advisor. Born in Manchester, England in 1928, he arrived in British Mandatory Palestine in 1947. He fought in the 1948 War of Independence, and was among the founders of Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. During a lengthy diplomatic career, he served in positions at the Israeli Consulate in New York, and the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, and as Israel’s Ambassador to Britain, Ireland and Australia. Ambassador Avner served as speechwriter and secretary to Israeli Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir, and as advisor to Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. Ambassador Avner was the author of The Young Inheritors: A Portrait of Israel’s Children (1984), and The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership (2010), which became an international bestseller, and was made into a documentary film. In 1995, the Yehuda Avner Chair in Religion and Politics was established at Bar-Ilan University. Ambassador Avner was a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and a member of the Ambassadorial Appointments Committee.