VISUAL ARTS Roe Green, Honorary Producer
SPRING & SUMMER
AVITAL MEETS AVITAL MUSIC
SAYED KASHUA LITERATURE
VERTIGO DANCE DANCE
GRAFFITI ART VISUAL ARTS
SIGALIT LANDAU VISUAL ARTS
This season of the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection examines the role the arts play in cultural diplomacy. What influence do Israeli artists have on their American counterparts? What is the impact of cultural exchanges? Do they help us better understand other cultures, or even our own? Dance as Cultural Diplomat, a multi-day symposium throughout Northeast Ohio, highlights the strength of Israeli dance and is presented by the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron. From March 6-10, there will be films examining the history and current themes in Israeli dance; a Dancing Conversation where you can meet top choreographers and dancers; experiential and master class opportunities; and a performance by Vertigo Dance Company, at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Acclaimed Visual artist, Sigalit Landau, will be in Cleveland from March 21-24 for interactive conversations about her unique perspectives in a new exhibition at the Roe Green Gallery. Israeli authors Dorit Rabinyan and Sayed Kashua will discuss how their work has been informed by other cultures. And as with every Cleveland Israel Arts Connection, there are myriad musical offerings including Avital Meets Avital, a musical dialogue between two musicians who come from different worlds but share a common richness of musical heritage. We look forward to seeing you at these and many other cultural events. “Let’s Dance!”
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CLEVELAND ISRAEL ARTS CONNECTION
Spring & Summer 2019 Season FEBRUARY 28 The World of Contemporary Israeli Music for Piano 16
literature 15 Photo: Christie Goodwin
Photo: Isaas Shokal
visual arts 12
music 16 4
MARCH 6 “Mekonen” 20 6 - 10 Dance as Cultural Diplomat 6 “Let’s Dance” 6 7 Dancing Conversation: Cultural Diplomacy 6 8 “Mr. Gaga” 7 8 Experiential Learning: Gaga/People 7 10 Gaga Master Classes 7 9 Vertigo Dance Company 8 10 Tel Aviv’s Graffiti Art Movement 11 13 Mayumana 8 13-17 Dorman Violin Concerto No. 3 17 21 Artist Dialog with Sigalit Landau 13 22 Breakfast with the Artist 13 24 - August Sigalit Landau New Works Exhibition Opens 12 24 Community Open House & Artist Talk 13 27 Cultural Criticism through Humor 14 27 - Apr 7 Cleveland International Film Festival 20 28 From Middle-East to Mid-West: Writing About Home from a Distance 14
3 On Literature and Censorship: The Political Scandal of All the Rivers 15 4 Considering Love and Marriage: Looking Back on Persian Brides 15 10 Avital Meets Avital 16 11 Exploring the Fictional Jew in James Joyce’s “Ulysses:” The Case of Leopold Bloom * 21 11 - 13 Spring Back Dance Showcase 10 14 “Hard Love” 10 17 “Who is Gonna Love Me Now?” 20 28 - 29 “Rocket City, Alabam’” * 21
ISRAEL: THEN & NOW A World Premiere Special Exhibition
Presented by Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage MAY
2 Day of Remembrance, Verdi’s Requiem * 21 2 Love, Literature and the Legacy of Polish Jewish Author Bruno Schultz * 22 2 - 5 Vadim Gluzman, violin 18 3 Family History of Fear and Secrets: My Story * 22 5 “Numbered” 20 9 Yom Ha’atzmaut Concert 10 Dan Pugach Nonet on Tour 18 15 - 19 Amit Peled, cello 18 JUNE 12 - 30 Under the Influence: ChamberFest Season 8 19 JULY 10 - 20 Music in the Circle: An International Festival 18 25 - 28 BorderLight: Festival of International Theatre Cleveland 11
Now through – May 12, 2019 Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood
• For tickets visit www.maltzmuseum.org or call 216-593-0575. Israel: Then & Now will feature many cultural opportunities including Israeli theatre, literature, and film. Please look for this logo throughout the brochure for events specifically designed to complement the exhibition.
Sponsored by the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Jewish-themed cultural events
YOM HA’ATZMAUT CELEBRATION Presented by Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Thursday, May 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm Landerhaven 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights
• For more information visit www.jewishcleveland.org.
DANCE AS CULTURAL DIPLOMAT This multi-day symposium will highlight the strength of Israeli dance as a national pastime, and ask questions around its influence on American choreography as well as how national identity informs dance-making. Founded in 2015, NCCAkron was established to create research and development opportunities for professional choreographers in this country. Only the second organization of its kind in the U.S., NCCAkron will convene Israeli and American artists to meet, learn from each other, compare notes and share their experiences with audiences through panel discussions, films, and classes. • Event highlights are listed at right. • For a full schedule and to register for events, visit www.nccakron.org/ diplomacy.
Presented by The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (NCCAkron)
March 6-10, 2019
A film by Gavriel Bibliowicz Presented by Chagrin Documentary FilmFest, Mandel Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 7 pm Chagrin Valley Little Theatre 40 River St, Chagrin Falls
Let’s Dance is a documentary about the phenomenal success of Israeli contemporary Modern Dance. Despite its reputation as a militaristic and “macho” society, Israel has become a recognized world leader in Modern Dance. The film documents and explains the narrative that makes Israeli Modern Dance one of the most powerful cultural achievements. • For tickets visit www.chagrinfilmfest.org.
DANCING CONVERSATION: CULTURAL DIPLOMACY Part of the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection Forum Series Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 7 pm Jewish Federation of Cleveland Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building 25701 Science Park Drive, Beachwood
Hear from American and Israeli dancers and choreographers that have performed both at their respective homes and abroad. Learn how these experiences inform their expression and in some cases, change their lives. • For more information and to register, visit www.jewishcleveland.org, or call 216-593-2845. Sponsored with support by Susan Wasserman and the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
A film by Tomer Heymann Presented by The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration
Friday, March 8, 2019 @ 12:30 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019
The University of Akron Paul A. Daum Theatre 328 E Buchtel Ave, Akron
The University of Akron
An eight-year collaboration between filmmaker Tomer Heymann and his complex subject Ohad Naharin, led to this exuberant feast for the senses, which illuminates the creative process of a bold Israeli choreographer known as a prickly taskmaster and charismatic genius, but hailed as an icon of modern dance. Documentary Audience Award winner at the SXSW Film Festival. • Tickets are free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. • Visit www.nccakron.org/diplomacy
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: GAGA/PEOPLE Friday, March 8, 2019 @ 4 pm
The University of Akron James A. Rhodes Physical Education Building 373 Carroll St, Akron Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, choreographer and artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga/Dancers classes are taught in professional dance companies and schools around the world, while Gaga/People classes are open to everyone age 16+, with no previous dance experience required.
Certified Gaga-instructor and San Franciscobased artist James Graham will lead a guided movement experience of images, ideas, directions, and prompts. No mirrors or observers are permitted. • Class is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. • Visit www.nccakron.org/diplomacy.
A series of free master classes by the symposium’s guest artists will be available to pre-professional and professional dance students. • To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” ~ Ohad Naharin
Dance as Cultural Diplomat is sponsored with support from the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection, the Akron Community Foundation, GAR Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and Peg’s Foundation.
a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
VERTIGO DANCE COMPANY Presented by DANCECleveland
Saturday, March 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square 1511 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
“The rising star of Israeli modern dance.” ~ ArtsATL
MAYUMANA Presented by Playhouse Square
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 8 pm
KeyBank State Theatre Playhouse Square 1519 Euclid Avenue Cleveland
One of Israel’s most highly regarded contemporary dance companies; Vertigo takes the viewer on an exciting and challenging journey into unfamiliar territories with every performance. The company strives to bring people closer together and touch them through the language of the body and movement, which can be felt from their powerful performances. Vertigo Dance Company will feature their new work “One. One & One” created by Artistic Director, Noa Wertheim. The piece was inspired by the fifth chapter of the Yoma Tractate and features the artists dancing among soil scattered on the stage, giving the audience a full sensory experience. The movement style of Vertigo’s dancers will awe audiences as Wertheim challenges the limits of the body through dance. • For more information, visit www.dancecleveland.org or call 216-991-9000. • Use code “JFED” for ticket discount. Sponsored with support from the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Mayumana comes from the Hebrew word for skill – Meyumanut. In 1996, Elyon Nuphar and Boaz Berman, driven by their deep love for percussion and music, created the first Mayumana show. With performers from more than 20 different nationalities, Mayumana has become one of Israel’s leading cultural exports. It has entertained millions of people around the world with its international touring cast, as well as in its home theatre in Old Jaffa.
“Funky moves and cutting edge technology.” ~ Time Out, New York
‘Currents’ is a spectacular show that was inspired by the historical Battle of Currents between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest for finding energy sources for the world. The show combines a variety of elements: specially made musical instruments, massive video art projections including video mapping on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and eleven skilled performers in constant movement, playing on different instruments and musically juggling between different sounds. • For tickets visit www.playhousesquare.org or call 800-801-7407. • Use code “JFED” for ticket discount.
SPRING BACK DANCE SHOWCASE: “EARTH”
Alon Karniel is a dance artist, rehearsal director and teacher based in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has danced with the Vertigo Dance Company, Noa Dar Dance Group, and a range of choreographers. Following several years of movement research, Karniel created the solo “Surrounding” in 2017, which premiered at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
April 11 – 13, 2019 @ 8 pm
An independent dancer, performer, teacher and choreographer based in Tel Aviv, Gil Kerer has danced with Vertigo Dance Company, the young Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and numerous independent choreographers. In 2012 he received a prize from the Israeli Artists Union in recognition of his unique voice in the Israeli dance scene. His work has been performed worldwide and has earned him awards for his choreography at multiple festivals.
Presented by Oberlin College & Conservatory
Warner Center Main Space 30 N. Professor St. Oberlin
This spring Alon Karniel and Gil Kerer, Israeli dancers and choreographers, will be in residence at Oberlin College & Conservatory. A scene from the work “Earth”, choreographed by Kerer and restaged by Karniel, will be presented at Oberlin’s annual Spring Back showcase.
Kerer searches for a human and direct approach to movement, exploring the connections between human behavior and emotion as they are expressed in the body. • F or schedule and tickets visit www.oberlin.edu/artsguide/dance/spring-back. Alon Karniel and Gil Kerer’s residency is made possible by the Israel Institute Visiting Artists Program.
THEATER Staged reading of
by Motti Lerner Translated from the Hebrew by Anthony Berris Directed by Fred Sternfeld Presented by Interplay Jewish Theatre, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at CWRU
Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 3pm Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood
In “Hard Love” Motti Lerner, one of Israel’s most celebrated playwrights, asks whether in matters of faith and love, there can ever be compromise. • F or more information visit www.maltzmuseum.org or call 216-593-0575.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION A non-verbal comedy U.S. Premiere Performance
TEL AVIV’S GRAFFITI ART MOVEMENT
Elinoy Kisslove, a 28 year graffiti artist and an activist and the owner of “grafitiyul”, lives in Tel Aviv. In her art, she focuses on social and political messages as a response to the daily life in Israel that many times are forgotten quickly. Elinoy picks extreme subjects and criticizes them by play on words, quests, with a technique of free style spraying, pasting and stencils.
Presented by Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, and @Akiva
Join Elinoy as she teaches us the meaning of graffiti as a language, as a way to spread important messages, and to call attention to things people are unaware of.
Featuring Elinoy Kisslove
• For tickets and more information, visit www.maltzmuseum.org, or call 216-593-0575.
Sunday, March 10, 2019 @ 3pm
“Expressing opinion on the street without people knowing who behind it is the best way to spread a strong message and focusing on the message and not on the person behind it”. ~ Elinoy Kisslove
THEATER “Under Construction” pulls the audience into a poetic, phantasmagoric realm, saturated with absurd humor. Beyond the clownesque and grotesque, the physical virtuosity and laughter, the show reveals insights about the world and how we cope with it.
BORDERLIGHT: FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL THEATRE CLEVELAND July 25 – 28, 2019 Various Venues
The Inaugural BorderLight will feature top-flight performers from abroad and world premiere collaborations between Cleveland-based theatre artists and international artists. Israel will be represented at BorderLight by Davai, established in Tel Aviv in 2013. The company will perform “Under Construction” which has appeared at international festivals in Israel, Mexico, India, Serbia, and Spain. • For more information, visit www.borderlightcle.org. Sponsored with support from the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
SIGALIT LANDAU: NEW WORKS A. Will Brown, Curator Presented by the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
March 24 – August 25, 2019
Roe Green Gallery, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building 25701 Science Park Drive, Beachwood Sigalit Landau has been scratching the surfaces for over two decades. But the bruises are still open; the pain doesn’t seem to ease. She spreads salt crystals on open injuries, blends them in sugar, covers them in papier-mâché, immerses them in the Dead Sea. But their bloody presence is always here. Landau’s work is of a bridge maker. [Un]consciously looking for new and vital materials to connect the past to the future; the west to the east; the private with the collective; the subexistential to the uber-profound; the found objects to the deepest epic narratives and mythologies. Curated by A. Will Brown, Assistant Curator of moCa Cleveland, the exhibition will feature Landau’s innovative works from her studio in Tel Aviv and prints from The Gottesman Etching Center - Kibbutz Cabri, Israel. •T o schedule group tours email email@example.com or call 216.593.2845. Sponsored with support from the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
VISUAL ART ARTIST DIALOGUE & VIDEO PRESENTATION @ moCa Presented by moCa Cleveland
Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 7-9 pm moCa Cleveland 11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Join artist, Sigalit Landau and curator, A. Will Brown for a dialogue about Landau’s work, view one of Landau’s exceptional video pieces, and enjoy the galleries in moCa Cleveland. • Free and open to the community.
BREAKFAST WITH THE ARTIST Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 8:30-10 am
Join Sigalit Landau as she discusses her exhibition. This breakfast is designed for individuals and educators who may wish to book group tours of the exhibition. Those interested in becoming docents are also welcome! • For reservations, call 216-593-2845.
COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE & ARTIST TALK Sunday, March 24, 2019 @ 1-3 pm
Roe Green Gallery, Jewish Federation of Cleveland Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building 25701 Science Park Drive, Beachwood Join artist, Sigalit Landau and curator, A. Will Brown for an interactive conversation about Landau’s work and the exhibition on display at the Roe Green Gallery. • Free and open to the community.
SAYED KASHUA Visiting Author
Presented by Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at CWRU Sayed Kashua is an award-winning Arab–Israeli author and journalist born in Tira, Israel who writes in the Hebrew language. Known for his anecdotal pieces that address the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, Kashua uses humor in his works across genres. Sponsored with support from the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Arts Connection
CULTURAL CRITICISM THROUGH HUMOR Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 7 pm Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood
Sayed Kashua speaks about his weekly column in the Israeli newspaper, Ha’aretz, and his hit TV show, Arab Labor, which addresses serious political and social issues through the lens of humor.
FROM MIDDLE-EAST TO MID-WEST: WRITING ABOUT HOME FROM A DISTANCE Thursday, March 28, 2019 @ 10 am Siegal Lifelong Learning Landmark Centre 25700 Science Park Drive, Beachwood
Sayed Kashua, once “the other” in his homeland of Israel, now finds himself “the other” in his new home in St. Louis. Through humor and satire, Kashua shares the challenges and struggles of living in a foreign land and the difficulties of writing about home from a distance.
• For tickets and more information, visit www.maltzmuseum.org, or call 216-593-0575. • OR visit www.case.edu/lifelonglearning or call 216-368-2091. 14
DORIT RABINYAN Visiting Author
Presented by Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at CWRU Dorit Rabinyan was born in Israel to an Iranian-Jewish family. She is the recipient of the Itzhak Vinner Prize, the ACUM Award, The Prime Minister’s Prize and the Jewish Wingate Quarterly Award (London). Her first two novels Persian Brides and A Strand of a Thousand Pearls were both international best sellers and translated into fifteen languages. In 2014 Rabinyan published her third novel, All The Rivers, an immediate best seller in Israel. Named one of the ten best books of the year by Ha’aretz newspaper, the novel was also awarded the prestigious Bernstein Award for Literature. Sponsored with support from the Jewish Federation’s Cleveland Israel Arts Connection a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
ON LITERATURE AND CENSORSHIP: THE POLITICAL SCANDAL OF ALL THE RIVERS Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 7 pm Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood
A love story and a war story, All the Rivers is a modern tale of love between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man. Bestselling author Dorit Rabinyan explores the forces that bind us and divide us, juggling places, times, seasons, cultures, and art forms. Rabinyan also speaks about finding herself at the center of a political scandal when her book was banned by Israel’s ministry of education from being taught at high schools.
CONSIDERING LOVE AND MARRIAGE: LOOKING BACK ON PERSIAN BRIDES Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 10 am Siegal Lifelong Learning Landmark Centre 25700 Science Park Drive, Beachwood
When she was only 21 year’s old, Israeli bestselling author Dorit Rabinyan wrote her acclaimed novel, Persian Brides, which takes her readers into a fable of bittersweet desires – fulfilled and denied. Now, 25 years later, Rabinyan looks back on her youth and on the conscious and unconscious powers that informed her earlier work.
• For tickets and more information, visit www.maltzmuseum.org, or call 216-593-0575. • OR visit www.case.edu/lifelonglearning or call 216-368-2091. 15
THE WORLD OF CONTEMPORARY ISRAELI MUSIC FOR PIANO OR YISSACHAR Presented by Maltz Performing Arts Center at CWRU
Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm Silver Hall Maltz Performing Arts Center 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland
Pianist and composer Or Yissachar was born in Holon, Israel in 1991. A laureate of the America-Israel Culture Fund scholarship, he is accomplished both as a pianist and composer, winning 1st prize in the Paul Ben Haim Israeli music performance competition, and 1st prize in the Israeli Composition Competition. Or encourages contemporary, especially Israeli, music, giving it exposure in competitions, festivals and concerts. This passion has led Or to create a program comprised exclusively of Israeli piano music written since the 1970’s. Featured composers include Bardanashvilli, Radzynski, Hadju, Damian, and Yissachar. • The recital is free and open to the public. • For information, visit www.case.edu/maltzcenter/silverhallseries. 16
AVITAL MEETS AVITAL Presented by Cleveland Museum of Art
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland
Avital meets Avital is a dialogue between two musicians who come from different worlds but share a common richness of musical heritage. Grammy-nominee mandolinist, Avi Avital, comes from a classical tradition whilst award-winning bass virtuoso and oud player, Omer Avital, is an acclaimed jazz performer and composer. In Avital meets Avital, these two musicians, joined by Omer Klein on piano and Itamer Doari on percussion, draw on the diverse influences of Moroccan and North African sounds, folkloric and classical traditions, Israeli harmonies and Mediterranean rhythms creating a musical melting pot where the finesse of chamber music meets the raw emotional energy of jazz. • For information and tickets, visit www.clevelandart.org/performingarts or call 216.421.7350. • Use code “JFED” for ticket discounts. Sponsored with support from the Stanley I. And Honnie R. Busch Memorial Endowment and the Jewish Federation’s a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
Photos: Christie Goodwin
DORMAN VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 3 WORLD PREMIERE
Avner Dorman, Conductor Presented by CityMusic Cleveland
March 13 – 17, 2019 Various Venues
Avner Dorman writes music of intricate craftsmanship and rigorous technique, expressed with a soulful and singular voice. A native of Israel, Dorman draws on a variety of cultural and historical influences in composing, resulting in music that affects an emotional impact while exploring new territories. His works utilize an exciting and complex rhythmic vocabulary, as well as unique timbres and colors in orchestral, chamber, and solo settings. • For more information and tickets, visit www.citymusiccleveland.org or call 216-632-3572.
MUSIC VADIM GLUZMAN, Violin Presented by The Cleveland Orchestra
May 2 – 5, 2019
Severance Hall 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman is universally recognized among today’s top performing artists. His extraordinary artistry brings back to life the glorious violin tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Photo: Marco Borggreve
• For tickets visit www.clevelandorchestra.com or call 216-231-1111. • Use code “JFED” for ticket discounts.
DAN PUGACH NONET ON TOUR Presented by The Music Settlement
May 10, 2019 @ 8 pm
Bop Stop @ The Music Settlement 2920 Detroit Ave, Cleveland The Dan Pugach Nonet is a nine-piece ensemble led by GRAMMY® nominated drummer/composer Dan Pugach. This mini-big band comprises of six horns and a driving rhythm-section and features inventive arrangements of jazz, folk, pop and Brazilian repertoire, as well as Pugach’s energetic original. Photo: John Dankwardt
Originally from Israel and based in Brooklyn, Pugach has won two ASCAP Composer Awards for his Nonet work and has made it to top 20 jazz radio charts with his debut album Plus One. • For tickets visit www.themusicsettlement.org/calendar or call 216-771-6551. • Use code “JFED” for ticket discounts.
MUSIC IN THE CIRCLE: International Summer Festival
AMIT PELED, Cello Presented by CityMusic Cleveland
Presented in collaboration with Judson Services Incorporated Or Re’em, Artistic Director
May 15 – 19, 2019 Various Venues
Grammy-nominated cellist, conductor, and pedagogue Amit Peled enjoys a busy and dynamic career performing for audiences across the globe. Peled, Israeli-American, combines a growing conducting schedule, while continuing a thriving solo career and his professorship at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. • For more information and tickets, visit www.citymusiccleveland.org or call 216-632-3572. 18
July 10 – 20, 2019 Various Venues
Critically acclaimed and a graduate of the Juilliard school, Or Re’em is a winner of international awards in Israel, France, Italy and the USA. Re’em has performed across Israel, Europe, North America, and China. A fruit of a long-established partnership between Cleveland’s leading musical institutions, the inaugural Music in the Circle will celebrate a legacy of excellence, community engagement, and leadership. Join us for a series of musical events which will present artists of the highest caliber from around the globe! • For more information visit www.musicinthecircle.org.
MUSIC Photo: Jamie Jung
UNDER THE INFLUENCE: CHAMBERFEST SEASON 8 Presented by ChamberFest Cleveland
June 12 – 30, 2019 Various Venues
ChamberFest Cleveland launches Season 8 of its wildly successful chamber music festival founded by Franklin Cohen, Principal Clarinet Emeritus of The Cleveland Orchestra and his daughter, Diana Cohen, Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Between 25 and 30 world-class musicians from around the globe will perform in nine concerts throughout Cleveland. This year’s roster includes three artists from Israel: Pianist, Roman Rabinovich; Violinist, Itamar Zorman; and for the first time; Oboist, Dudu Carmel.
• For more information visit www.chamberfestcleveland.com or call 216-471-8887. Sponsored with support from the Jewish Federation’s a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Cleveland Israel Arts Connection Dudu Carmel “the most significant addition to the region’s classical-music scene” ~ The Plain Dealer
SHAI WOSNER & ORION WEISS Presented by Cleveland International Piano Competition
Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 8 pm Israeli pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. Widely sought after by colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership, Mr. Wosner has collaborated as a chamber musician with numerous artists, One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with major American orchestras. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. • Tickets available beginning Fall 2019 at www.clevelandpiano.org or 216-707-5397. • Use code “JFED” for ticket discounts.
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ISRAELI DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES AT THE MALTZ Presented by Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at CWRU Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Meet Mekonen Abeba and learn his incredible and emotional life journey as he immigrates to Israel from an Ethiopian village after his father’s death. Through his remarkable dedication and the support of his Israeli community, Mekonen overcomes many challenges and perseveres to become a paratrooper and officer in the IDF.
WHO IS GONNA LOVE ME NOW?
Enjoy Israeli contemporary Israeli cinema at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in conjunction with Israel: Then & Now. Each screening will be accompanied by a talk-back after the show.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Saar is an HIV positive gay man living in London, where he found refuge from the religious kibbutz where he grew up in Israel. Ever since he was diagnosed with HIV, Saar has craved his family’s love, while they struggle with fears and prejudices.
• For more information visit www.maltzmuseum.org or call 216-593-0575.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 @ 3 pm
An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed on prisoners in Auschwitz and its sub-camps; only some several thousand survivors are still alive today. “Numbered” is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of these survivors.
43rd CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL March 27 – April 7, 2019
Tower City Cinemas 230 West Huron Road, Cleveland
CIFF will once again present their Jewish and Israeli Visions sidebar. These films from – or about – Israel and the Jewish diaspora enlighten and entertain with their unique cultural perspective. •C IFF43 program details will be announced in February 2019 at www.clevelandfilm.org. 20
EXPLORING THE FICTIONAL JEW IN JAMES JOYCE’S “ULYSSES:” THE CASE OF LEOPOLD BLOOM with Alan Levenson, Schusterman/Josey Chair of Jewish History, University of Oklahoma Presented by Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at CWRU
Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 10 am Siegal Lifelong Learning Landmark Centre 25700 Science Park Drive, Beachwood
Why the Irish ex-patriot James Joyce made one of the two protagonists in one of the best novels of 20th century Jewish continues to puzzle scholars. In Ulysses’ hero, Leopold Bloom, Joyce paints a very secular and marginal Jew, but one who
can’t and really won’t run away from his identity. For Joyce, Bloom serves as a vehicle to touch on Zionism, Passover and the dietary laws of kashrut, but even more, the perennial Jewish themes of exile and outsiderness. • For more information, visit www.case.edu/ lifelonglearning or call 216-368-2091.
Staged readings of
ROCKET CITY, ALABAM’
by Mark Saltzman Directed by Katia Schwarz Presented by Interplay Jewish Theatre as part of the Holocaust Theatre International Initiative’s “Remembrance Readings,” organized by the National Jewish Theater Foundation
April 28 at 2 pm & April 29, 2019 at 7 pm Dobama Theatre 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights
Shortly after World War II, the U.S. Army placed captured Nazi rocket scientists in the town of Huntsville, Alabama, to manufacture guided atomic missiles. Wernher Von Braun and friends were not a welcome sight for the town’s wellestablished, but still jittery Jewish community. Was it possible to move past personal anguish with these new neighbors for the sake of economic expediency? • For reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 393-PLAY.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, Verdi’s Requiem Presented by CityMusic Cleveland James Gaffigan, Conductor
Thursday, May 2, 2019 @ 8 pm Silver Hall Maltz Performing Arts Center 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland
This special concert, on the Jewish “Day of Remembrance” (Yom Hashoah), commemorates the victims of the Holocaust. It recalls the sixteen performances of the Requiem in the Nazi concentration camp at Terezín (Theresienstadt) by Jewish prisoners who were allowed to carry on musical activities within the walls and barbed wire. • For more information and tickets, visit www.citymusiccleveland.org or call 216-632-3572. We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them. ~ Terezín Conductor Rafael Schäcter 21
AGATA TUSZYŃSKA, Visiting Author Presented by Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at CWRU
Born in Warsaw in 1957, Agata Tuszyńska is a poet, reporter, writer, literature and theatre historian. She has received the Ksawery Pruszyński Prize bestowed by the Polish PEN Club, a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, a Fulbright scholarship, and won the Canadian Literary Award for Holocaust Literature for Family History of Fear. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. Agata Tuszyńska’s visit is made possible by the generous support of Diane and Arthur Stupay.
LOVE, LITERATURE AND THE LEGACY OF POLISH JEWISH AUTHOR BRUNO SCHULTZ
FAMILY HISTORY OF FEAR AND SECRETS: MY STORY
Thursday, May 2, 2019 @ 7 pm
Siegal Lifelong Learning Landmark Centre 25700 Science Park Drive, Beachwood
Siegal Lifelong Learning Landmark Centre 25700 Science Park Drive, Beachwood
Schulz was the author of two books and hundreds of drawings, graphics and paintings. He was assassinated in the Drohobych ghetto in 1942, at the age of 50. He shared the ultimate fate of his Jewish brothers. Schulz believed that his art would survive him. In the 20th century, his name is mentioned amongst the greatest Polish writers – Witold Gombrowicz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, Czeslaw Milosz, and Bruno Schulz. Indeed, his works survive thanks to the previously untold role of his fiancée and muse, Jozefina Szelinska (Juna).
BECOME A PATRON OF ISRAEL ARTS & CULTURE 22
Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 10 am
Growing up Catholic, Tuszyńska never knew that her mother was Jewish. When she was 19 years old, Tuszyńska mother shared the family secret. This lecture will describe the journey that uncovered her family’s history during World War II, including life in the Warsaw ghetto, and everything that happened later–her Jewish mother’s marriage to a handsome Polish young man, building a family, Polish identity in the post-war homeland. • F or more information, visit www.case.edu/lifelonglearning or call 216-368-2091.
Join our Patron Society and help ensure high-quality, thought-provoking, and emotional Israeli arts and culture continues in Cleveland. You will enjoy “Meet the Artist” receptions, name recognition in the twice yearly arts brochures and on www.jewishcleveland.org, plus the satisfaction of knowing you are helping connect Cleveland and Israel through the arts. For more information about the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection Patron Society, please contact Hedy Milgrom at email@example.com or 216-593-2850.
CLEVELAND ISRAEL ARTS CONNECTION The Cleveland Israel Arts Connection is a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, connecting our community with the most dynamic 21st century cultural experiences that Israel has to offer. Working in partnership with Northeast Ohio’s leading arts organizations, we strive to identify, enhance, promote, and create unique and engaging Israeli cultural opportunities. Gary L. Gross, Board Chair Erika B. Rudin-Luria, President
CLEVELAND ISRAEL ARTS CONNECTION ADVISORY GROUP Roe Green and Erica Hartman-Horvitz, Co-Chairs Gabe Adler Edna Akrish Leslye Arian Ziona Austrian Eric Baer Samantha Baskind Zeda Blau Richard Bogomolny Amy Budish Rebecca Carmi Reneé Chelm Joanne Cohen Deena Epstein Natalie Epstein Marc Freimuth Mady Friedman Barbara Galvin Peter Galvin Matthew Garson Jay Geller Valerie Geller Jane Glaubinger Florence Goodman Rochelle Gross Rebecca Heller Joan Horvitz Sara Hurand Robert Immerman Susan Immerman Robert Jackson Roseanne Kadis Susan Koletsky Susan Krantz Karen Krause
Lisa Kurzner Rachel Lappen Daniel Levin Karen Levinsky Toby Lewis Irwin Lowenstein Linda M. Olejko Debbe Deutch Rabinowitz Deborah Ratner Barbara Robinson Sharon Rosenbaum Bill Rudman Linda Sandhaus Nancy Schwartz-Katz Charna Sherman Anita Siegal Scott Sill Marjorie Simon Margaret Singerman Ivan Soclof Marilyn Soclof Cathy Stamler Marla Comet-Stark Robert Stark Barbara Tannenbaum Herbert Wainer Susan Wasserman Penni Weinberg Elie Weiss Judy Weiss Trudy Wiesenberger Ruth Wolfson Scott Zeilinger
STAFF Hedy P. Milgrom, Senior Development Officer Israel Wiener, Israel Arts & Culture Consultant Debra S. Yasinow, Director, Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
The Jewish Federation’s 2018-19 Cleveland Israel Arts Connection is brought to you by these generous individuals and foundations:
Roe Green, Honorary Producer STAR PATRONS Roe Green Foundation Richard Horvitz & Erica Hartman-Horvitz Robert & Susan Immerman PLATINUM PATRONS The Jean, Harry and Brenda Fuchs Family Foundation Drs. Jane Glaubinger & Eric Baer Karen & Alan M. Krause Toby Devan Lewis GOLD PATRONS Stanley I. and Honnie R. Busch Memorial Endowment Richard Bogomolny & Patricia Kozerefski Gary & Cari Gross Harley & Rochelle Gross David and Inez Myers Foundation Robert & Eileen Sill Family Foundation Sara Hurand & Elie Weiss Abe & Idelle Wolf SILVER PATRONS Zeda W. Blau Rebecca & Irad Carmi Marc Freimuth Barbara & Peter Galvin Florence Goodman Jewish Arts Endowment Fund Roseanne Kadis Barbara Robinson Sharon & Bruce Rosenbaum Linda M. Sandhaus, M.D. Charna E. Sherman Michael & Anita Siegal Family Foundation Marjorie Simon Margaret Singerman Herb & Jody Wainer Susan Wasserman Judith Weiss Trudy & Steve Wiesenberger
NON-PROFIT U.S. POSTAGE PAID CLEVELAND, OHIO PERMIT NO. 581
Jewish Federation of Cleveland Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building 25701 Science Park Drive Cleveland, Ohio 44122
The Jewish Federationâ€™s 2018-19 Cleveland Israel Arts Connection is brought to you by these generous Sponsors:
Roe Green, Honorary Producer PLATINUM SPONSOR
The Leonard Krieger Fund of the
Cleveland Israel Arts Connection - Spring & Summer 2019