Yohanan Lorwin 1953 - 1999

We are honored to dedicate this website of the Israeli Radical Left to the memory of Yohanan Lorwin. Yohanan Lorwin was born in the United States in 1953 and came to Israel in the eighties where he studied law and was accepted to the Israeli Bar. Yohanan, who had become a respected and loved figure in the Jerusalem left, died in a tragic accident, along with two other colleagues and friends, during a flash flood in the Judean Desert in 1999.

While still in the United States, Yohanan was drawn to the ideas and activities of the left. However, Yohanan, who was an independent and original thinker, felt that Marxism neglected the spiritual side of the individual and social life. This was the background for his decision to become a devout Jew and to deepen his study and understanding of Judaism. During the eighties and the nineties, he was active in the left in Jerusalem and a member of a progressive orthodox congregation in Jerusalem. During this period, Yohanan joined the staff of the Alternative Information Center as a writer, editor and translator.

It was not, of course, a simple matter for Yohanan, who always maintained his individual political independence and his status as an observant Jew, to integrate himself into the secular atmosphere of the AIC. In his will, he requested that his friends and colleagues continue the work of the radical left with which he was so closely associated and among whom he found friends, who admired and loved him.


"They Shared A Dream" - Amira Hass
"I'm Writing To Say Goodnye" - Nathan Krystal
"Yohanan Lorwin" - Tikva Honig Parnas