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We are pleased to have welcomed outstanding artists creating new work to make their home at the JCC. During the course of their residencies the artists have been active participants in our community, leading workshops for everyone from nursery school children to older adults, participating in social events, and performing. At the same time, members of our community have had a chance to see inside the artistic process, dialogue with the artists, and experience the premieres of new pieces created right here at the JCC. More information.

Acco Theater Center (ATC) — PrayerATC blazes innovative paths in the realm of social theater, striving to forge strong alliances between Arab and Jewish artists, offering alternative paradigms and encouraging open and fruitful expression within our larger society. Prayer is a magnificent multi-sensual experience of dance, music and singing, of incense, candles and cloth, of fire and water, of vocal and visual effect. The sound of Jewish prayer interwoven with intonations of tremoring "Allahu Akbars" rising to the sky in a cacophony of pleas punctuated with percussion." -Igal Amitai, Kolbo More information.

Adam McKinney — HaMapahHaMapah/The Map is a multimedia dance journey that traces the intersections of dancer Adam McKinney's African American, Native American, and Jewish heritages. HaMapah/The Map weaves contemporary dance with archival material, personal interviews, Yiddish and American songs, and video set to traditional, contemporary, and classical music. In the piece, McKinney explores issues of identity, ancestry, and family.
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Adrienne Cooper + Michael Winograd —<br />Wild IllusionsSinger Adrienne Cooper and Michael Winograd, NY music scene audacious talent, team up in a debut project with spectacular players Dan Rosengard (piano), Avi Fox-Rosen (guitar), Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass), Greg Mervine (drums), Jon Singer (marimba), and Sarah Gordon and Niki Jacobs (vocals). New arrangements to songs by Moyshe Leyb Halpern, Fima Chorny, Josh Waletzky, Polina Shepherd-Ashkenazi, Beyle Shaechter-Gottesman, Hirsh Blohstein, Meir Kharatz, Dovid Edelstadt. The project showcases a remarkable phenomenon - the contemporary resurgence of a Yiddish song movement, featuring work by living Yiddish composers and lyricists from the ages of 23-85, living in Brooklyn and the Bronx, in Kishinev, Moldova, Brighton, England, and Hoboken, New Jersey. This artistic convergence connects over a century of Yiddish culture-makers in a "conversation" that spans continents, genres, generations, and the abyss of 20th century Jewish history.
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Allison CharneySoprano Allison Charney's career highlights have included Micaëla in Carmen and Liu in Turandot with Florida Grand Opera; title role in Madama Butterfly with Atlanta Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Annapolis Opera, and Opera Northeast; title role in Tosca with Opera Memphis, Annapolis Opera, and Opera Theater of Connecticut; Musetta in La Boheme with New York City Opera and Atlanta Opera; Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Atlanta Opera and Opera Memphis; Olympia, Giulietta, Antonia, and Stella in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with OperaDelaware; Micaëla in Carmen and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera Memphis; title role in The Merry Widow, Mimi in La Boheme, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera Illinois; Nedda in Pagliacci and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera Tampa; title role in Suor Angelica with Dicapo Opera Theatre; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Idaho; title role in Martha and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Syracuse Opera; Violetta in La Traviata with Mississippi Opera; title role in Jenufa and Alice Ford in Falstaff with Washington D.C.'s Summer Opera Theatre; and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Colorado Opera Festival. Concert highlights have included Katiusha in Franco Alfano's Risurrezione with Teatro Grattacielo at Alice Tully Hall; Nedda in Pagliacci with Boston's Chorus pro Musica; a debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in April of 2009; and Hindemith's Murderer Hope of Women with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. More information.

Amy Salloway —<br />So Kiss me Already Herschel GertzMilwaukee, 1986. Amy has a plan for her 15th summer: Transform from total dorkwad to Material Girl. Build This City on rock and roll. And pine for Ross Buckman until he sees her True Colors shining through. Instead, her parents ship her off to "freakishly Jewish" Camp L'Chaim, where "even the mosquitoes wear yarmulkes!" How do you survive when you're the pork chop in an all-Kosher world' More information.

Aviv GeffenAviv Geffen is an Israeli rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, keyboardist and guitarist. He is the son of writer and poet Yehonatan Geffen and Nurit Makover, brother of Shira Geffen, and a graduate of Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Geffen was and is extremely popular among Israeli youth, who were later known as the "Moonlight Children", in the 1990s. Politically, he associates with the Israeli left. His music contains subjects such as love and peace, but also death, suicide, the army, and refusal to serve. He is also controversial because of his decision not to serve in the IDF, though officially, he was dismissed for medical reasons.
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Batsheva Dance Company Ensemble —<br />KamuyotPerformed in the round with the unique high energy and powerful artistry of the Ensemble of the famed Batsheva Dance Company, this witty and charming piece delights audiences of all ages with its humor and magical atmosphere that allows viewers to unlock the power of their imagination and experience the magic of dance. More information.

Berry SakharofKnown as the 'prince' of Israeli rock, Sakharof is one of Israel's most famed musicians, a virtuoso guitarist, singer and songwriter. More information.

Borislav StrulevRussian cellist Borislav Strulev has been fascinating audiences on some of the world’s most prestigious stages since his U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center in 1993 arranged on initiative of Isaac Stern, Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn and Byron Janis. His charismatic personality, a virtuosic technique and extraordinarily large and beautiful tone have combined with the mature sensitivity of his interpretations to ensure his place amongst the most exciting young instrumentalists to emerge from Russia in recent years.
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Cameri Theater — High NoonBased on a true story and adapted from I Didn't Execute the Mission by Arieh Segev, High Noon takes the audience back to the Yom Kippur war, during which Corporal Asher Solomon was taken prisoner by the Egyptians. After forty-five days in captivity he is repatriated and taken to an R & R facility for three weeks, to rest under medical supervision, but mainly for an intensive interrogation by military field security on the circumstances of his capture. The offensive and degrading encounter between Asher and the interrogator leads to a head-on confrontation, taking Asher back to the terrible days of his captivity. More information.

Chana Rothman"Rothman's music, using two languages and ancient texts to address social ills and joys of today, brings a universal appeal... The music bubbles with a conscious vibe that's capable of bringing people together," writes Richard Antone of Elmore Magazine, "She is adept at using religious imagery and bilingual lyrics as a bridge rather than a wedge." Tinges of reggae, worldbeat, folk, and hip-hop infuse Chana's Hebrew-English tunes with rhythm and positive vibes." More information.

CooloolooshSuitably named "Coolooloosh," a Jerusalemite word for celebration and joy, that is precisely the kind of excitement this band inspires. 2008 marked the recording of a new album and a US tour for these culturally diverse musicians who are gaining major attention and wooing fans around the world with their intelligent blend of hip hop, rap, jazz, and funk genres, combining both English and Hebrew text into their distinctive style. More information.

Czech-American Marionette Theater —<br />Mr. MFor fifty years, a troupe of antique marionettes were confined to a dusty closet at Jan Hus Church in the heart of New York City's Czechoslovak neighborhood. In 1990, they came back to life, when director Vít Horejs brought these century-old puppets back to the stage. Since then, the CAMT has played to great acclaim for audiences of all ages on tours to Europe, Asia, and 32 states. More information.

Damocles Trio —<br />The Lion that Could Not RoarComposer Margarita Zalenaia uses characters from Peter and the Wolf in a special musical presentation performed by the Damocles Trio. An interactive artists' workshop follows the performance. More information.

Dan Fishback — The Material WorldDan Fishback has been writing and performing in New York City since 2003. His play, You Will Experience Silence debuted to critical acclaim in April 2009 at Dixon Place, where Fishback was an Artist-in-Residence. Fishback has performed and developed previous work at Performance Space 122, Joe's Pub, Galapagos Art Space and various of other venues in New York and abroad. The Material World is a pop musical about socialist Jews in the 1920s. More information.

Dana BergerHer powerful singing voice, her distinctive performance style and mostly her expressive lyrics have marked Dana Berger as one of the most promising artists in the Israeli rock scene. With 12 years of national acclaim and 6 albums to her name, Dana Berger has become one of the most well-known and influential female performers in Israel. For the last few years, Dana toured all over the world with guitarist Yaniv Dadon. Dana puts on a show that brings her music to the audience in a soft and charming way and is adored by audiences throughout the globe. More information.

David KrakauerAn internationally acclaimed clarinetist, Krakauer redefines the notion of a concert artist. Known for his mastery of myriad styles including classical chamber music, Eastern European Jewish klezmer music, and avant-garde improvisation, Krakauer lies way beyong "cross-over." His best-selling classical and klezmer recordings further define his brilliant tone, virtuosity and imagination. More information.

Deganit Shemy & CompanyDeganit Shemy's works, which create a critical gap between content and form through its distinguished movement vocabulary, have been commissioned and presented, at Danspace Project, PS 122, Dance Theatre Workshop, DUO Multicultural Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, Singapore Fringe Festival and at various venues through Israel. More information.

DeLeonDeLeon plays 15th Century Spanish indie rock infused with the deeply mysterious and entrancing cadences of the ancient Sephardic tradition. DeLeon's groundbreaking sound marries ancient Sephardic melodies sung in Ladino, Hebrew and English with the chaotic symphony of urban living. More information.

DivahnIranian-descended singer Galeet Dardashti leads Divahn's edgy all-female power-house ensemble. Infusing traditional and original Middle Eastern Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies, entrancing improvisations, and funky arrangements, Divahn's thrilling live shows feature lush string arrangements, eclectic Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin percussion, and vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic. "Divan," a word common to Hebrew, Persian, and Arabic, means a collection of songs or poetry. Through their music, the group creatively underscores common ground between diverse Middle Eastern cultures and religions. More information.

Efrat GoshSinger, songwriter, composer, actress — the all in one, multi-talented 24 years old Efrat Gosh does it all. Possessing one of the most unique voices in contemporary music, she continues to explore the boundaries of folk/cabaretic/ rock and changes the face of Israeli music. More information.

Ehud BanaiSince the release of his first album in 1987 Ehud Banai has released 10 additional albums to great acclaim. Banai's concerts attract a huge from a diverse crowd of both the young, old, religious and secular. Every concert is a one-time celebration. More information.

Emanuel Gat Dance CompanySince its establishment, the Emanuel Gat Dance Company has gained international recognition for its high artistic standards and original voice within the contemporary dance scene. The company is invited regularly to perform at high profile venues and festivals such as the Lincoln Center festival in New York, Le Festival d'Automne in Paris, and Sadler's Wells in London.
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Eran Zur + Korin AlalEran Zur is one of the most respected Israeli singer-songwriters. He writes lyrics in Hebrew that touch the invisible border of poetry and pop/rock style. With his special low vocals, he tends to deal with key issues in Israeli society in Hebrew like Israeli identity, Jewish identity, and sexual identity. A creative musician, Korin Alal is a winner of the Akum prize for lifetime achievement in composing. More information.

Esprit TrioThe Esprit Trio is comprised of soprano Chen Reiss, clarinetist Shirley Brill, and pianist Jonathan Aner. The Esprit Trio has performed in such prestigious halls as the Berliner Philharmonie, Schloss Nymphenburg, Ludwigsburger Schloss. As individuals they have also performed as soloists with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the Baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta. They have all been, for much of their studies and careers, recipients of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and of the Ronen Foundation.

Eve Siculalr — J. Edgar KlezmerJ. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files is a musical documentary theater adventure, by grandchild & bandleader Eve Sicular. From klezmer to Kodaly to jazz, baroque to boogie woogie to gospel, from Hazel Scott's cancelled TV show to derelict theories of homosexuality, exploring surveillance files leads in even more directions than the Department of Justice could have foreseen. More information.

Gabriela Kohen —<br />Decoding the TableclothGabriela Kohen covers an astonishing amount of ground in Decoding the Tablecloth, her funny and moving one-woman family memoir. Kohen portrays nearly two dozen characters and spans half the globe, verbally shifting from Poland to Argentina to New Jersey and Brooklyn. She also time travels: One minute it's the Disco '70s, and the next, someone is fleeing the Nazis. It's a very busy hour.

GolemGolem is a 6 piece Eastern European folk-punk band known for electrifying dance floors with their globetrotting goulash of Jewish, Slavic, and Gypsy folk songs. This "Gypsy-punk gem" (SPIN) is fronted by Annette Ezekiel-Kogan — singer, accordionist, and 5-foot powerhouse, with vocalist / tambourinist Aaron Diskin, violin virtuoso Alicia Jo Rabins, trombonist Curtis Hasselbring, upright bassist Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, and drummer Tim Monaghan, Golem's sound evokes wisps of old-world elegance filtered through the successes and disappointments of new-world dreams. More information.

The Grand Falloons —<br />A Village of FoolsThe Grand Falloons are an ensemble of theater, circus, and design professionals who came together to create educational and thematic theatrics for museums, schools, and theaters across the United States. More information.

Great Small Works —<br />Jenny Romaine — Sukkos MobFounded in 1995 as a collective of artists who keep theater at the heart of social life, Great Small Works draws on folk, avant-garde, and popular theater traditions to address contemporary issues. The company performs in theaters, clubs, schools, galleries, streets, and other community centers. Based in New York City, they produce performance works on a wide variety of scales, from outdoor pageants with giant puppets and hundreds of performers from diverse communities, to miniature "toy theater" spectacles. The productions consistently reinvent ancient, popular theater techniques: Toy Theater, mask and object theater, circus, sideshow, and picture-show (cantastoria) to name a few. On any scale, the productions seek to renew, cultivate, and strengthen the spirits of their audiences, promoting theater as a model for reanimating the public sphere and participating in democratic life. More information.

Hemi Rudner + Yirmi KaplanThe two friends and Israeli rock stars perform on one stage for a show that is pure Rock 'n' Roll. Hemi and Yirmi perform all of their greatest hits with new twists, each artist singing both his and the other’s songs, accompanied by three musicians. It is a show that is pure energy, hits and uncompromising performance. More information: Hemi Rudner and Yirmi Kaplan.

Herzliya Theater Ensemble —<br />Black Rain — Dir. Ofira HenigOne of the most riveting and innovative theater pieces to come of Israel, "Black Rain" explores the issues of the atomic bomb, Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the implications for modern day Israel and the rest of the world. More information.

Herzliya Theater Ensemble —<br />In Spitting Distance — Dir. Ofira HenigWinner of the first prize in Israel's TheaterNetto Festival, this moving and ironic personal drama touches on all the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian situation. This rare collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian artists is the humorous yet painful story of a Palestinian actor with an Israeli passport trying to travel from Paris to Tel-Aviv to Ramallah on September 11, 2002. More information.

Idan RaichelThe Idan Raichel Project burst onto Israel's music scene in 2002, changing the face of Israeli popular music and offering a message of love and tolerance. With an enchanting blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds, the Idan Raichel Project has become one of the most unexpected success stories in Israeli music history.
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Ivri LiderHe is one of the biggest-selling contemporary artists in Israeli music, and has won the Male Singer of the Year honor from major Israeli national and local radio stations since entering the Israeli music scene in the late 1990s. His sales stand at over 200,000 records. More information.

Jaffa RoadBased in Toronto, Jaffa Road is an award-winning, world music group made up of some of Canada's most exciting and innovative interpreters of inter-cultural music. The group has created a unique sonic landscape that draws easily and organically from the worlds of sacred and secular Jewish songs, Classical Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, rock, pop, and dub. In doing so the group creates a union between acoustic and electronic, secular and sacred, ancient and modern.
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Jenny Lyn Bader —<br />Suburban RevolutionariesJenny Lyn Bader is a playwright and author. She is currently a Writer in Residence and Director of Artistic Development at the newly formed Theatre 167, a multicultural ensemble; a member of the Lark Core Artist group the Monthly Meeting of the Minds; and the playwright in residence of the Mirror Rep, New York's most established alternating repertory company, founded in 1983. More information.

Joseph kalichstein + Ran Dank

Acclaimed for the heartfelt intensity and technical mastery of his playing, pianist Joseph Kalichstein enthralls audiences throughout the United States and Europe, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He is also the first Chamber Music Advisor to the Kennedy Center. A favorite of New York concertgoers, Mr. Kalichstein has appeared in several recitals on Carnegie Hall's "Keyboard Virtuosi" series. He has also appeared there as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra and with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He frequently collaborates with the world's great string quartets, among them the Emerson, Guarneri and Juilliard.

Cited as "a giant of the piano," Ran Dank was born in Israel in 1982. Mr. Dank has won virtually every major prize available for a young musician in his country including the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships since 1992, and the Voice of Music Competition.

Khan Theater —<br />The Town of the Little PeopleA controversial and completely fresh take on Shalom Aleichem, this shockingly beautiful and sophisticated theatrical work weaves together five stories, creating a fascinating and modern interpretation of a lost world. Set in the imaginary town of Kasrilevke, The Town of the Little People brings to life a slew of townspeople who are all engaging in the complexities of small town shtetl life. More information.

The KlezmaticsGlobally-renowned world music superstars, The Klezmatics are the only klezmer band to win a Grammy award. The band emerged out of the vibrant cultural scene of New York City's East Village in 1986 with klezmer steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism and eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk. In the course of over twenty years and nine albums they have stubbornly continued making music that is wild, mystical, provocative, reflective and ecstatically danceable. More information.

Lemon AndersonAndersen is an original cast member of Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Lemon's film acting credits include The Soloist, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx, as well as Spike Lee's Miracle At St. Anna, Sucker Free City, She Hate Me, and he appeared opposite Denzel Washington in Inside Man. His theater credits include Slanguage, which was directed by Jo Bonney and premiered at the New York Theater Workshop to rave reviews and sold out shows. His poetry has been featured on everything from radio spots, to print ads, to the limited edition Absolut Brooklyn bottle. More information.

Maya BeiserDescribed by The New Yorker as a "cello goddess" and by the Washington Post as "the diva of the cello," Maya Beiser has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument's boundaries. Over the past decade, she has created new repertoire for the cello, commissioning and performing many works written for her by today's leading composers.
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MayumanaCreated in Israel by Nuphar and Berman, Mayumana is a highly disciplined and awesomely intricate pulsating mixture of music, beat, movement, humor and joy. More information.

Mosh Ben-AriWorld and pop music phenomenon Mosh Ben-Ari blends ecstatic middle-eastern rhythms, biblical texts, scents of reggae and Afro-beats combined with original sounds. Mosh Ben-Ari's joyous concerts around the world turn into high spirited celebrations for peace. His album Go Giving received wide acclaim from critics and music fans alike. More information.

Nalaga'at Acting Ensemble —<br />Light is Heard in Zig ZagLight is Heard in Zig Zag is this theater company's first play and the first of its kind in the world. The show was created in a long and enduring process, as a full collaboration between Adina Tal and the deaf-blind actors. During drama workshops, each one of the actors expressed his/her heart-wish. The group worked on rhythm and improvisations, using hand shake, body movement and touch-sign language with the help of special interpreters. Gradually, the actors' dreams and aspirations were woven into a play to be performed on stage. More information.

NayekhovichiNayekhovichi started in Moscow, Russia, in 2004 as a modest but ambitious folk quartet with tuba and electric guitar They have since grown into a flexible, loud and extravagant klezmer rock'n'roll 9-piece orchestra. Half of the repertoire is a bunch of the liveliest klezmer tunes treated with the honesty of a drunk goldsmith while the other half is vocal songs—some of them folk Yiddish, some of them original compositions in Yiddish, some Soviet pop, some klezmerized rock. More information.

New York City Ballet —<br />The Dybbuk + Goldberg VariationsOne of the foremost dance companies in the world, NYCB is unique in US artistic history. Solely responsible for training its own artists and creating its own works, the New York City Ballet offers a rich company history, repertoire of ballets, and world-class dancers. More information.

Nicholas Andre DanceNicholas Andre Dance's mission is to bring athletic concepts of modern dance movement to a wide variety of audiences. The company creates and presents new works that are conceptual, emotional and passionate, generating an intelligent understanding and appreciation for dance. More information.

Opera on Tap, Jr. (OOT Jr.)In keeping with the Opera on Tap credo of showcasing the entertainment aspect of opera, OOT Jr. was created to first be fun, and second be educational. The format speaks to the contemporary child employing modern everyday speech and even makes references to technology. The format was designed for ages 4-7 demographically and is designed to keep the kids interested in the show by directly involving them and having the performers directly interact with them. Every show takes place in Operaland. The audience members are travelers in this land and are given a passport as they enter the performance space. At the end of the program their passports are stamped with the opera they just experienced. There is an airline attendant who guides the passengers through their travels. At times, the attendant can allow volunteers from the audience to come up on stage and use the remote control to freeze and un-freeze characters. The device has been extremely useful in teaching the kids about different musical concepts that are employed in opera. With every show, one opera is presented and one musical concept is paired with it. More information.

Pharaoh's DaughterBlending a psychedelic sensibility and a Pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya Schechter leads her band, Pharaoh's Daughter, through swirling Hasidic chants, Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through percussion, flute, strings and electronica. Their sound has been cultivated by Basya's Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece. She began retuning her guitar to sound like a cross between an Arabic oud and a Turkish saz, with harmonic minor melodies, and odd time signatures. More information.

Queer Wedding SweetQueer Wedding Sweet is a fabulous Jewish wedding musical and queer vaudeville extravaganza with Adrienne Cooper, Sara Felder, Marilyn Lerner, Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg. Some of America's top Jewish musicians celebrate queer weddings and commitment ceremonies. Combining stories from actual queer weddings, klezmer and Yiddish songs, juggling, poetry and more, this moving and hysterical new work brings to the stage original insight on love and commitment in the 21st century.

Randy Cohen — The Punishing BlowThe Punishing Blow, penned by Emmy winner and "Ethicist" columnist Randy Cohen, received its world premiere as part of the 6th annual Woodstock Fringe Festival. "Arrested, tried, and convicted," press notes state, "a college professor can stay out of jail if he enters rehab for his drinking, undergoes treatment for anger management, and gives a public lecture [this play] about one person of his choosing from a list of The 100 Most Influential Jews of All Time." Playwright Randy Cohen is the winner of four Emmy awards for his work as a writer for "Late Night with David Letterman," "TV Nation" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and writes "The Ethicist," a weekly column in the Sunday New York Times Magazine.

Risa Jaroslow and Dancers"There are as many ways to move as there are people. I include both the incredible virtuosity of highly trained dancers and the unique and deeply human contributions of non-trained movers in my work. By combining them, I aim to create a rich, complex picture of the human experience that is resonant with all kinds of audiences. Our creative process begins with questions like, What feels like "home" to you' What is the meaning of maleness and masculinity in our society, and what could it mean' We bring our questions to people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities in community settings, and they answer us in words and movements that open up universes of possibility. In the studio, the company turns those answers into dances — stretching them, turning them into daring partnering, whirling them through space and arranging them in patterns across many bodies" — Risa Jaroslow. More information.

RomashkaA driving force in New York City's burgeoning gypsy and balkan music scene, Romashka plays gypsy and folk music from Russia, Romania, the Balkans, and beyond. Lithuanian-born singer Inna Barmash fronts a band nine wildly versatile NY musicians, denizens of fertile downtown grounds. At full blast, Romashka has a violin, viola, accordion, guitar, trumpet, clarinet/saxophone, tuba, and percussion. More information.

Rosanna Gamson — TovDeftly weaving together intense physical movement, spoken word, vocal music, and the "theater laboratory" ensemble techniques originated by Jerzy Grotowski, Rosanna Gamson stages a profusely evocative dance drama around the story of the tarpan—an extinct species of Eurasian wild horse that was genetically "reassembled" in the 1930s through back-breeding of domestic horses. The Los Angeles choreographer braids this allegory of regeneration with reflections on the history of her own Polish-Jewish ancestors, horse traders from Szczecin, and the fate of Polish Jewry. Tov takes its title from "Gamzu l'tovah" ("This too is for the good"), a favorite saying of one of Gamson's forebears, Talmudic scholar Nachum ish Gamzu, who found God's hand even in tragedy. The full-evening work features a cast of fourteen American and three Polish performers, with text spoken and sung in Hebrew, Polish, English, Yiddish, Bulgarian and German. More information.

Ruth Kanner Theater Group —<br />Cases of MurderOne of Israel's most provocative directors places a beautifully constructed spotlight on the events of Kristallnacht from the viewpoint of a child, now grown, who, looking back, asks "What could I have done in the midst of this nearby chaos'" More information.

Ruth Kanner Theater Group —<br />Discovering ElijahDiscovering Elijah attempts to dismantle, and then reexamine, the particles constituting war: words, images, violent impulses, fear and its concealment, running, souls departing from the battlefield, the search of consolation. More information.

Salomee Speelt Theater Company —<br />Moscow-NY: A Video Opera

"Salomee Speelt is a "fixed-fluid" collective set up by Noémi Schlosser, a young theatre creator. The idea for this company arose from the need to bring various branches of art, equipment and people from a variety of artistic milieus together. Furthermore there was a desire for the freedom to make independent in-house productions, as well as the ability to work on a freelance basis.

Moscow-NY: A Video Opera is an ethereal and thought provoking new production that brings to life the story of a brother and sister who flee Warsaw in the 30's—she to Moscow to follow her dreams of a utopian socialist paradise, and he to NYC to embrace the life of a famous writer. Based loosely on the life and writings of Issac Beshevis Singer, this stunning contemporary production includes video shot in Moscow and NY and a live soundtrack by Russian and American composers from Shostakovich to Gershwin."
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Sandra Schwarzhaupt —<br />The Diary of Anne FrankThe Diary of Anne Frank was released by Profil Medien in 2004. Sandra created this role and performed it many times in Austria and Germany with the Emsland Ensemble under the baton of Hans Erik Deckert. To commemorate Anne Frank's 80th Birthday, performances took place in Germany in June 2009, again earning the singer and her ensemble great accolades in the national press. The "musical diary" was also performed at schools throughout Germany as part of history class. This project in particular is still being taken on with great passion. More information.

Shalom HanochShalom Hanoch is one of the biggest and most significant artists in Israeli rock, and one of the most fascinating and prolific forces in all of Israeli music. He is a sensitive lyricist, ingenious composer and versatile musician who moves effortlessly between delicate sounds and energetic rock-n-roll.
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Shlomi ShabanShaban is a rock pianist who thrives on stage and loves making a moving connection with the audience. An original artist with a mesmerizing stage presence, Shlomi’s performances receive exceptional praise from audiences and critics alike.
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Sosua: Dare to DanceBased on the actual events of 1938, when a special kinship was formed between the arriving Jewish population and residents of Sosua, a small Dominican town where many Jews found a safe haven from the Holocaust, this amazing story of courage, survival, freedom and friendship was written and performed by Jewish and Dominican teens from the neighborhood served by the Y. The original musical score is composed by the legendary Elizabeth Swados, who in collaboration with the teens has helped to create a powerful piece of art with incredible depth. More information.

SoulfarmSoulfarm creates a potent sound that screams originality as it weaves a wide range of influences, like a fine musical tapestry, from authentic Jam, Blues and Rock n Roll, with threads of Middle Eastern melodies. Eclectic and soulful, With pulsating percussion, dancing rhythms and gripping guitar leads, their music forces the listener to not only hear, but to become the music. More information.

StorahtellingStorahtelling is a pioneer in Jewish education via the arts and new media. Through innovative leadership training programs and theatrical performances, Storahtelling makes ancient stories and traditions accessible for new generations, advancing Judaic literacy and raising social consciousness. Founded by Amichai Lau-Lavie in 1999, Storahtelling has grown into an international network of educators and artists, invigorating Jewish identity through dynamic educational programs and performances for multigenerational audiences worldwide. More information.

Uri Gurvich TrioBorn and raised in Israel, Uri began playing the saxophone at age of 11. He was a member of the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra, and at 19, won the prestigious Jazz Player of the Year competition in Israel, leading him to represent his country in the IASJ convention. In 2002, he was selected to represent Israel in the European Youth Jazz Orchestra. Additionally, he was a member of the United Nations Youth Big Band. In 2003, Uri received a scholarship and relocated to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. The Storyteller, Uri's debut album as a leader was released in 2009. Uri is also active as a jazz educator. He gave clinics in the US, Europe, Israel, and Japan. Over the past few years, he has performed in major international jazz festivals and venues in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. More information.

Vertigo Dance Company —<br />Birth of the PhoenixVertigo is a contemporary dance company, offering a physical meeting place for artists and audience. Vertigo takes the viewer every time to a new or an unexpected, exciting and challenging journey into unfamiliar territories. Vertigo represents international standards of artistic excellence, with a social and community touch. Vertigo invites you to experience a performance outside the confines of the theater, within a portable dome open to the elements. You are brought back to experience of ancient theater, where audience and performers were exposed to the visual, auditory and sensory natural world, with all the beauty as well challenges such this environment provides. Birth of the Phoenix is a dynamic site-specific creation, adapting to the qualities of each performance site, in response to the heartbeat and rhythm of the environment, the specific eco-system, and the season. More information.

Waterwell Theater Company —<br />THE/KING/OPERETTAWaterwell is a New York-based company of artists dedicated to the collaborative creation of new works for the theatre. It was founded in 2002 and since then has created eight original plays, two cabarets and a staged reading. Its continually evolving body of work encompasses original plays, adaptations of classic texts, solo shows and performance pieces. For each venture the actors, writers, directors, composers, musicians and designers work collectively to build the piece from the ground up.
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Wroclaw Puppet Theater —<br />The Last EscapeThe writer and artist Bruno Schulz, a Polish Jew who transmogrified everyday village life into something rich and strange, may not be well known outside of Europe, but his devotees in the U.S. include author John Updike, composer John Zorn and REDCAT. The Last Escape, Wroclawski Teatr Lalek's (Wroclaw Puppet Theater) stage adaptation of one of Schulz's short stories, is clearly influenced by Franz Kafka — the multilingual Schulz (1892-1942) apparently translated "The Trial" into Polish — he also shared something of the spirit of Lewis Carroll. "Poetry happens when short circuits of sense occur," Schulz once argued, and like a Mad Hatter of Mitteleuropa, he invented such illogical delights as rooms lined with snores, fathers who turned into wallpaper, and time so revisited that it could be sold as secondhand. The Last Escape centers on Jozef, a pensioner trying to escape his isolation. Jozef discovers a corner of his room where time and space are suspended and he travels back into his mythical childhood memories and dreams. More information.

Yasmin LevyLevy combines the two cultures of Ladino and flamenco, while mixing in Middle Eastern influences. She embarks on a 500 years old musical journey, taking Ladino to Andalusia and mixing it with flamenco, the style that still bears the musical memories of the old Moorish and Jewish-Spanish world with the sound of the Arab world. In a way it is a 'musical reconciliation' of history.
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Yossi Yungman Dance Company —<br />TipapupaThis humorous and enchanting show features a dancing wizard who wants to test his magical powers and his imagination. The wizard brings a dance company and the audience on an interactive journey of imagination. Yossi Yungman, one of Israel's greatest dance artists has created a colorful fantasy in motion that is enchanting for family audiences.
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