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Joseph Aviram (Abramsky)

Birthplace: Przerośl, suwalski, Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland
Death: (Date and location unknown)

Son of Nissan AbramskyMashke Abramsky
Husband of Ella Aviram
Father of <private> Aviram 외 <private> Aviram
Brother of Samuel Abramsky; Chiene Rivke Abramsky 외 <private> Abramsky

Managed by: Hatte Anne Blejer
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About Joseph Aviram (Abramsky)

September 2010

The Dorot Foundation recently announced its sponsorship of a prize to honor Joseph Aviram of the Israel Exploration Society (IES). Dorot president Ernest Frerichs said the prize recognizes Aviram’s “staunch advocacy” of archaeology in Israel throughout his 70-year career at the IES.


The Biblical Archaeology Society is now accepting applications for the 2011 Joseph Aviram Fellowship. The fellowship brings Israeli scholars to the United States to participate in the annual scholarly meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), held in the same city every November. This year’s meetings are in San Francisco. The fellowship’s stipd of $2,500 is intended to cover the cost of the winner’s travel expenses. The fellowship honors Joseph Aviram on his retirement as director of the Israel Exploration Society (IES). Aviram, who, at age 93, remains president of the IES, has been associated with the society for more than 70 years and, as director, oversaw the publication of countless excavation reports, encyclopedias and journals on the archaeology of Israel. He also participated in important excavations and offers sage, conciliatory advice to generations of Israeli archaeologists.

Hometown of Przerosl

Josef Aviram (Abramsky) re-visited his home town of Przerosl, Poland in the Suwalki region in 1988:

"We also found a local newspaper from 1992 with some articles about Jews. In one of them there was a letter written by Motko Abramski. He wrote, "Our relations with Polish people were generally good, but just before the war they simply got worse and worse. Maybe it was the fault of German occupation. The Poles were forbidden to buy from Jews. I and my brother, Josef [my grandmother's cousin Joseph Aviram the Israeli archeologist who I met in 1969], were last in Przerosl in 1988. Everything had changed, and we were sorry not to have met many familiar people. The cemetery is in very bad condition..."

Motko's father, Nysko Abramski, was the local grocery shop owner. He also bought cereals from the local farmers. People who remember those times showed us the place where it was located (Suwalska Street). Now it is Mr. Rant's house. Our interviewees say that some young boys used to steal cereals from the local owners to sell them to Nysko Abramski, and then the army in Suwalki bought them."

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Przerośl, suwalski, Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland
Age 22
Jerusalem, Israel