Dov (Robert) Silverman is the ninth generation on his mother’s side born in Brooklyn, New York. After 3 years as a US Marine in the Korean War, he worked as a Long Island Railroad conductor, an auctioneer, and he established Autar Microfilm Service. While working nights on the Railroad and studying full-time days, he earned his high school diploma and went on to graduate from Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York, cum laude, at the age of 39.
Dov credits a spiritual meeting with God and a Tzaddik (righteous man), Jules Rubinstein, in the Brentwood (New York) Jewish Center, with setting him on the path of study, religious involvement and settlement in Israel.
The family, including children Barbara (now the mother of Anav, former officer in the Israel Defense Forces, now finishing her M.A. in psychology at Bar Ilan. Loriel is 17 and finishing high school next year. Jeff Silverman, Dov and Janet’s son died of leukemia in 1979 at the age of 18. The family settled in Safed in 1972.
In Safed, Dov taught English as a Second Language, was a high school principal, lecturer on teaching methods, a supervisor of English teachers, and taught Creative Writing at Universities in Israel and the United States. He served 4 years as a Safed City Councilman. His wife, Janet, was his editor and helpmate throughout their 50 years together. Janet passed three years ago.
Dov Silverman is the author of the FALL OF THE SHOGUN five-book historical series that appeared on the London Times Best-Seller List and was also published in German, Polish and Hebrew. He won a 1988 Suntory Mystery Fiction Award in Japan for REVENGE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERDS; Published in Japanese was Writer-in-Residence at Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 1995 school year; was a teacher at Writer’s Digest Magazine Correspondence School, 1994-1997. THE KABBALIST (MYSTICISM) in English2007, Romainian 2009, Spanish 2012.
I was privileged to have met and got to know Dov ז”ל through daughter Barbara. He became good friends and I learnt just what an achiever Ďov was. The world has lost a good man, one òf the best
Rest in peace my good friend. You will always be remembered.
So blessed to have known him, and call him “friend “.
He and Janet will forever be in my prayers !