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Sadnaot Habait is the largest creative writing school in Israel, offering over 80 writing workshops annually from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat. The school desires to promote the power of the written word, as a channel for social change and to foster a community of writers. Founded by writer Eshkol Nevo and Poetess Orit Gidali, we firmly believe that writing is not only an art form but also a healing process capable of generating social empowerment. We are proud to have a team of thirty carefully selected, published writers, Jews and Arabs, secular and religious, who are experienced in teaching writing and share our values of tolerance, attentiveness, and dedication.

Over the years, our organization has conducted hundreds of writing workshops for diverse communities throughout Israel, including bereaved families, at-risk youth, and the second generation of Holocaust survivors, among others. We've also collaborated with major cultural institutions such as the Tel Aviv Museum, The ANU Museum, the International Writers Festival, and more to advance our mission. Our writing workshops provide a safe, unrestricted space where individuals can express themselves, share their stories, and engage in meaningful dialogue. Recently, we transitioned from a social business into a registered NGO.

Our Team


Eshkol Nevo


Eshkol Nevo is one of Israel’s most critically and commercially acclaimed writers.
All of his books have been bestsellers in Israel, and his work has been translated into 14 languages. His novels have sold over a million copies globally and won or been nominated for several literary prizes.
The New York Times described his writing as "mesmerizing" and "Il Corriera De La Sera" suggested he is one of the most important young writers in the global literary scene today

Orit Gidali


Orit Gidali an Israeli poet, picture book writer, and editor.
She is the recipient of the Fulbright scholarship and the Dvora Omer award.
Her books have been translated into 12 languages including English, Chinese, Spanish and more.
The bilingual edition of her collected poems translated by Marcela Sulak, was longlisted for the Pen America Award.

Yotam Tolub

[Head of Creative Writing School]

יותם טולוב
Yotam Tolub, an author and winner of the Ministry of Culture prize for debut novels is the head of the 'Sadnaot Habait' creative writing school.
He is also a disability rights activist, co-founder of 'The Independent Movement' in Israel, and currently writing his PhD on intersectionality of age and disability.
He Has been teaching creative writing for the last decade.

Limor Gabai


Limor Gabai
With a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the Open University, she managed the marketing department of H. Stern in Israel until she decided to transition from the business sector to the social sector.
She was chief operator and marketing of 'Lines and Thoughts' – the Israeli association for ADHD. She feels comfortable when surrounded by books and shares the idea that it is possible to influence the place in which we live.

Sadnaot Habait is home to a diverse and highly qualified group of teachers.

Explore our teachers' bios here

At War - Writing & Healing

Since the third day of the war, 'Sadnaot Habait' has initiated and hosted 'Meravah Khativa,' a nightly free Zoom gathering that occurs at a fixed time (9 PM). This gathering offers a safe and emotionally supportive environment for hundreds of people to connect and write together.

The activities within this writing space include writing exercises, sharing written work, receiving feedback from moderators during and after the session, and, in some instances, integrating singing, music, meditation, and breathing exercises. Selected readings touching on themes of comfort, pain, and compassion are also included. The primary focus of these sessions is not to hone writing skills but to provide tools that enable individuals, even those who do not typically write, to find words and connect with their pain, fostering the healing process. In this setting, national grief and individual pain come together.


Alongside the virtual writing spaces, we are facilitating physical meetings with evacuees, victims of the attack, forces involved in emergency assistance (such as care workers) and more. The purpose of the physical writing spaces is to respond to the need for intimate groups to write together as part of the healing process.

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