Panel: Confession and Testimony As Repertoires of Contention in Conflict Zones (Vienna, July 12, 2016)

Confession and Testimony As Repertoires of Contention in Conflict Zones
Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Room: Hörsaal 21

RC48 Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change (host committee)

Language: English

Confession and testimony are central repertoires of contention in the disclosure of “ugly pasts.” Solidarity movements mobilize testimony to diffuse human rights violations condoned and supported by their own societies. Less attention has been paid to the deployment of testimony and confession by anti-denial movements, movements that demand that the members of their own societies acknowledge the “problematic present” in situations of ongoing ethno-national conflict, and take responsibility for it and action against it.
This session invites research that engage in the analysis of confession and testimony in contemporary conflicts by members of the perpetrator nation amongst them:

  • Are these repertoires gendered and how?
  • What are the groups that engage in testimony and confession?
  • How states and civil societies in perpetrator nations react to anti-denial movements?
  • Anti-denial movements and national identity.
Session Organizer:
Sara HELMAN, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Oral Presentations:

Dis/Acknowledging Military Violence: Women Soldiers Testify Against the Occupation
Edna LOMSKY-FEDER, Department of Sociology and Anthropology and School of Education, Israel; Orna SASSON-LEVY, Department of Sociology and Anthroplogy Bar Ilan University, Israel

Workshop: at Taub Center, on memory, landscape and Moroccan Identities (NYU, April 15, 2016)


4/15/16 – Taub Center Graduate Workshop
10am – 2pm

The Taub Center organizes regular workshops for graduate students and faculty in the field of Israel Studies at NYU and other universities in the tri-state area. The regional workshops are an opportunity for students and faculty to present and discuss their respective areas of research. The workshops also serve as an important forum for networking and strengthening the field of Israel Studies.

  • Noga Kadman, Independent Scholar (Israel): Erasing the Past: On the Side of the Road and the Edge of Consciousness
  • Aviad Moreno, Tel Aviv University: Ethnicity in Motion: Rethinking Moroccan Identities in Israel

CFP: AJS 2016, “Socio-Political Boundaries in the Yishuv”

I am seeking participants and papers for a panel on social, political, and cultural boundaries and boundary making in the Zionist Yishuv.  This could include work on the analysis, perception, depiction, destruction or creation of boundaries in the areas of political policy, language, labor organization, religion, art, literature, or other areas.  The panel will focus on the basis and strength of boundaries as indicators of socio-political goals, values, and challenges in this period and their ramifications for future periods. The goal of this panel is to foster conversation and connections on the latest research in Israel Studies on the pre-state period.

Please contact me at if you are interested in presenting a paper or serving as a chair or respondent.  I am open to revising the panel proposal to fit more closely with participants’ interests.  Since I am a graduate student this panel needs at least one presenter who is a faculty, so faculty proposals are especially welcome.  Thanks in advance.

Panel: Louis Brandeis and the Transformation of American Zionism (Brandeis , March 1, 2016)

BrandeisLouis Brandeis and the Transformation of American Zionism: 

Vision, Identity and Legacy

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall,  Goldfarb Library

Brandeis University
This panel discussion is part of Brandeis University’s semester-long centennial celebration of Justice Brandeis’ nomination and appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The discussion will feature Professors  Jonathan Sarna and Yehudah Mirsky (Brandeis University) and Professor Frances Molina (Wellesley College). Moderated by Brandeis University Interim President, Lisa M. Lynch, with Rabbi David Ellenson and Dr. Rachel Fish (Brandeis University). The event will be live streamed, so join us in person or online.

Opening Remarks:
David Ellenson, Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

Lisa M. Lynch, Interim President of Brandeis University

Roundtable Discussants:
Yehudah Mirsky, Associate Professor of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies
Jonathan D. Sarna ’75 MA ’75, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program
Frances Malino MA ’70, PhD ’71, P’89, Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Wellesley College

Rachel Fish PhD ’13, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

This roundtable conversation will discuss how Louis Brandeis transformed, popularized, and idealized American Zionism in line with his progressive social ideals. Among other things, we expect to look at what was distinctive about Brandeis’s Zionism, how his vision of Zionism was integrated with his understanding of Americanism, and why he believed that Zionism and social justice were intertwined. Attention will also be paid to expressions of American Irish nationalism of the time so that a fuller understanding of the American context that shaped Brandeis’ Zionism can emerge.

The Q&A will incorporate questions from the live audience as well as with an online audience who will be asked to send their questions via email.

Event: Three Presidents, discussion with Former Chief Justices Barak, Beinisch, and Grunis (Cardozo Law, Nov 9, 2015)

The Israeli Supreme Court Project at Cardozo Law presents
Former Israeli Chief Justices in Conversation
A discussion with 
Aharon Barak, Dorit Beinisch, and Asher Grunis
Monday, November 9
7 p.m.
Cardozo School of Law
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room 
55 Fifth Avenue  |  New York, NY 10003
Please RSVP to (with “RSVP” noted in the subject line)
For more information, visit The Israeli Supreme Court’s website, Versa.

Performance: Miriam Engel-Angela Dance Company, Israeli Identity Inside Israel and Out (Berkeley, Nov 5, 2015)

Thursday, November 5
Israeli Identity Inside Israel and Out: A Conversation through Movement
Miriam Engel – Angela Dance Company
The Miriam Engel-Angela Dance Company will perform  “De-parts,” a contemporary dance piece that relates to the connection between identity and land

Reception 7 PM, Performance and Conversation: 7:30 pm
Location: Berkeley Hillel
Co-sponsored by Berkeley Hillel and Bears for Israel

Events: This Month at American University, (Washington, DC, October 2015)

Our fall has started out with some great Israel events!  If you missed The U.S.-Israel Relationship with Michael Oren and Tamara Wittes on September 30 you may watch the video here . Please join us at one of our upcoming programs below.  

Etgar Keret: The Seven Good Years: A Memoir
Sunday, October 18, 7:00-9:00 PM
Part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival. Co-sponsored by the Center for Israel Studies.  Location: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.  To purchase tickets and for more information:

Screening of Anywhere Else and discussion on the Israeli community in Berlin
Monday, October 19, 6:00 PM
Free with RSVP here:  Anywhere Else(85 minutes, in German, Hebrew, English and Yiddish, with subtitles) is an indie film about an Israeli (Noa, age 33) living in Berlin, who returns to her homeland for a visit. With warmth and humor, director Ester Amrami, herself an Israeli in Berlin, illuminates the meaning behind language, homeland and the need for belonging. Panel discussion and reception following the film with panelists Stefan Buchwald (Director German Information Center USA, German Embassy), Ilan Sztulman (Head of Public Diplomacy, Israeli Embassy) and Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies.  Co-sponsored by the Embassies of Germany and  Israel. Open to public.  Location: AU School of International Service (SIS) Building Abramson Family Founders Room.   Learn more 

Summer Practicum Research Report on Water and Peacebuilding in the Middle East
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 PM
Free with rsvp here:  For their capstone research requirement, a team of SIS graduate students assessed the peacebuilding effectiveness of wastewater recycling projects undertaken jointly by Israeli and Palestinian non-governmental organizations.  They will present their research on a panel with the AU faculty who accompanied them, Dr. Eric Abitbol and Dr. Ken Conca, as well as Dr. Clive Lipchin, of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, one of their research partners on the ground.  Co-sponsored by School of International Service (SIS) and CIS.

“From BG to Bibi: The End of an Era in Israel-Diaspora Relations?” by David Ellenson
Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 PM
Keynote address to kick off “Reinventing Israel: Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century” conference.  Ellenson is director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University and Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Location: SIS Building Abramson Family Founders Room.  (Free parking in SIS Building garage)  Co-sponsored by CIS and Jewish Studies Program. Click to rsvp and link to conference program

“Reinventing Israel: Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century” conference featuring international scholars and AU faculty
Thursday, October 29, all-day
Open to the public. Location: Butler Board Room (Floor 6 of Butler Pavilion). Pre-aid parking by kiosk in Katzen Arts Center or SIS Building Garage (free after 5:00 PM). Click here for the full program schedule and to sign up by session.  Co-sponsored by CIS and Jewish Studies Program.

Imagining Israel in 2035 – Different Visions
Thursday, October 29 7:30 PM  
With Fania Oz-Salzberger (University of Haifa) Mohammed Wattad (Zefat College, UC Irvine) James Loeffler (University of Virginia) Moderator: Michael Brenner (AU).  Location: Butler Board Room.  Free parking after 5:00 PM in all university parking garages.  Link to campus map:  Click to rsvp and for link to full conference program



Newsletter: NYU Taub Center for Israel Studies, Fall Events

NYU Taub Center for Israel Studies

Fall 2015 Event Schedule


10/14/15  @6pm Dr. Irit Keynan, “Psychological War Trauma and Society – Like a Hidden Wound” 14A Washington Mews, First floor


10/15/15   @6pm Arabic Film (Israel, 2015, 60 min) After-film discussion with filmmakers Eyal Sagui Bezawe and Osnat Trabelsi 255 Sullivan Street, First Floor Co-sponsored with the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Center for Religion and Media, the Center for Media, Culture, and History, and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies


10/26/15   @6pm “The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin 20 Years Later: Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich on Writing Rabin’s Biography” 14A Washington Mews, First floor


11/5/15   @6pm Prof. Yali Hashash, “Mizrahi Feminisms at the Beginning of the 20th Century”  14A Washington Mews, First floor


11/10/15   @6pm Partner with the Enemy Film screening and discussion in conjunction with the Other Israel Film Festival 6pm 19 University Place, Room 102 Please specify which event(s) you plan to attend.



Events: Jewish Review of Books, Conversations on Jewish Future (Oct 18, 2015)



CFP: Homonationalism in Hebrew (NAPH, June 2016)

I am looking for participants in a panel about Israeli homonationalism for the 2016 National Association of Professors of Hebrew conference (Providence, RI, June-21-23).

Please contact me at segalo[at]cofc. edu

Oren Segal, College of Charleston

Homonationalism in Hebrew: Representations in Literature, Drama, and Cinema

Following Jasbir Puar’s 2007 conceptualization of homonationalism, it became fashionable in Queer Studies to explore the various ways in which mainstream gays foster patriotism in order to assimilate into Western societies. Only a few scholars address this issue in the Israeli context, prominently among them Aeyal Gross, but, except of Raz Yosef, who examines this phenomenon in Israeli cinema, the conversations about the Israeli configuration of homonationalism are limited to the Social Studies perspective. Aiming to widen the scope of the discussion, this panel intends to explore cultural representations in literature, drama, and cinema of the unique Israeli fusion of nationalism and homonormativity. Since homonormativity supports and maintains the national structures that discriminate against individuals that fail to achieve or intentionally reject the narrow terms of acceptability, this panel also wishes to pay close attention to representations of non-normative sexualities and non-binary identities. This panel will provide another dimension to the current debate about homonationalism and offer the possibility to enrich it with questions about the cultural backgrounds of the Israeli manifestation of gay patriotism.

Newsletter: Center for Jewish Studies, U of Manchester, Seminars 2015-2016


JEWISH STUDIES research seminars

For an up-to-date programme of Jewish Studies related events under a variety of auspices at the University of Manchester, see the research seminars listed for 2015-16.

Thu 1 Oct 2015. George Brooke (Manchester), Aspects of Prophecy in the Dead Sea Scrolls. 2pm in Samuel Alexander Building A101 (Ehrhardt Seminar, CBS)

Tue 6 Oct 2015. Lauren Banko (Manchester), Fixed borders and flexible nationality: movement, transgression, and subversion of Palestinians in the Interwar Levant (MES research seminar)

Tue 13 Oct 2015. Katharina Keim (Manchester), TBA. 4pm in Christie Room, John Rylands Library on Deansgate. (JRRI research seminar)

Thu 29 Oct 2015. Katharina Keim (Manchester), Joshua in the Samaritan Traditions in the Gaster Collection. 2pm in Samuel Alexander Building A101 (Ehrhardt Seminar, CBS)

Tue 3 Nov 2015. Maria Cioată  (Manchester), Moses Gaster’s Romanian Bird and Beast Stories (1915) and Benjamin Williams  (King’s College London), Interpreting the Bible in the Ottoman Empire. 12pm in Christie Room, John Rylands Library on Deansgate. (JRRI research forum)

Thu 19 Nov 2015. Esther Gomez Sierra (Manchester), A Unique Time: Converso Intellectuals in XV Century Spain. 4pm in Samuel Alexander Building A113. (R&T research seminar)

Thu 19 Nov 2015. Stefania Silvestri (Manchester), The Medieval Hebrew Bible from Sepharad: Production and Patronage. 2pm in Samuel Alexander Building A101 (Ehrhardt Seminar, CBS)

Tue 8 Dec 2015. Stefania Silvestri (Manchester), TBA. 4pm in Christie Room, John Rylands Library on Deansgate. (JRRI research seminar)

Thu 10 Dec 2015. Mat Collins (Chester), Abandoning the Quest for the Historical Teacher: History and Ideology in the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls. 2pm in Samuel Alexander Building A101 (Ehrhardt Seminar, CBS)

the ISRAEL STUDIES research seminar

As was the case in 2012, 2013 and 2014 the Centre’s seminar programme has an Israel Studies theme. Please note that the seminars will take place in the second semester on Thursdays at 4pm in room A113 in Samuel Alexander Building (Building 67 on the Campus Map, see directions). Our seminar programme is open to all (for free) and there is no need to book, but please see the University’s statement on events open to the public.

Thu 18 Feb 2016. Roman Vater (Oxford), National alternatives to Zionism: the case of the Young Hebrews, 1939-1976 Thu 3 March 2016. Alan Craig (Leeds), EU-Israel relations: Sanctions by any other name? Thu 17 March 2016. Nir Arielli (Leeds), Israel’s international ‘Machal’ volunteers in the war of 1948: a comparative assessment of their contribution Thu 14 April 2016. Dominique Bourel (CNRS, Paris), From Kassa to Manchester and forward: Alexander Altmann and the Mendelssohn Forschung Thu 21 April 2016. Yohai Hakak (Brunel), Forbidden Love and Moral Panic: Jewish-Arab Couples in Contemporary Israel Thu 5 May 2016. David Novak (Toronto), Can Israel Be a Democratic Theocracy or a Theocratic Democracy?

other NEWS and EVENTS

New funding

European regional hub for Jewish Studies. Following an open competition involving many of the leading centres of Jewish Studies in Europe, Manchester’s Centre for Jewish Studies has been awarded a very substantial grant for Jewish Studies activities by an anonymous European Jewish foundation for the period 2015-2018. In addition to enhancing the CJS’s activities, the funds are intended for the development of a Jewish Studies network in the north of the UK, working with both academics in the region and with the local Jewish community. More information to follow.

Post-doctoral Fellow in Israel/Palestine Studies

Postdoctoral Fellow in Israel/Palestine Studies. The Centre welcomes Dr Lauren Banko, who has been appointed to a research associate position in the Dept of Middle Eastern Studies for 2015-2018, funded by the Pears Foundation. Lauren will be researching the construction of Palestinian identity and citizenship during the Mandate Period. Further information.

Conference, JRRI

‘The Other Within’: The Hebrew and Jewish Collections of the John Rylands Library. This is advance notice for the John Rylands Research Institute Conference 2016, which will take place 27–29 June 2016 at The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester. Further information.

Middle Eastern Studies update

Modern Hebrew. The Centre is delighted to announce that, in part because of external funding, the School has agreed to support the continuation of modern Hebrew language modules for years 1-3. While there are no plans to reinstate the withdrawn modern Hebrew degree programmes, the good news is that modern Hebrew should continue to be taught at Manchester, where it was first introduced in the 1930s. More information to follow.

Research Associate for Hebrew Collection

Dr Stefania Silvestri, John Rylands Research Institute. As a new member of the project led by Dr Renate Smithuis entitled ‘Catalogue of Codices, Scrolls, and Other Texts in Hebrew Script in the University of Manchester (John Rylands) Library’ Dr. Silvestri will be cataloguing the documents in Hebrew script within the Library’s wider collection, whilst developing access to and actively promoting research and learning activities based on these materials. Further information.

New CJS fellow

Ladino and klezmer. Richard Fay is a Lecturer in Education with research interests in the narratives of elderly Sephardim living in Bulgaria regarding the linguistic aspects of their life stories with special focus on Ladino. He also researches, teaches and performs klezmer and was the co-founder and co-director (with Ros Hawley) of the Michael Kahan Kapelye, the university’s own klezmer ensemble. Further information.

Screening: Dancing Arabs at American University (April 30, 2015)

Screening of A BORROWED IDENTITY aka Dancing Arabs
Thursday, April 30 7:00 PM
Location: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Tickets ($12.50) may be purchased at:


Winner of the 2015 WJFF Audience Award for Best Feature! (Dir. Eran Riklis (104min, Israel/Germany/France, 2014) Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles.This bittersweet ‘80s coming-of-age drama from the director of The Syrian Bride and Lemon Treeadapts two autobiographical novels by popular Israeli-Arab writer Sayed Kashua. Eyad is a gifted Arab teenager who wins the chance to attend a prestigious Jewish boarding school.  Post-screening discussion with American University Global Scholar Daniel Munayer, an Israeli Christian Arab who grew up in Jerusalem, and Maram Masarwi, a post-doctoral fellow at the Free University of Berlin who was head of the Early Childhood Education Department at Al Qasemi College of Education in Israel.  Co-Sponsored by the Washington Jewish Film Festival, Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues and The Center for Israel Studies at American University.  

Podcast: Stav and Farber on Marriage and Conversion in Israel

As part of its ongoing series on “Jewish Ideals & Current Dilemmas in Contemporary Zionism,” the Tikvah Overseas Seminars hosted two of Israel’s leading rabbinic activists, David Stav and Seth Farber to discuss recent legislation regarding marriage and conversion in Israel.



They have worked together to promote bills that will allow greater numbers of municipal rabbis to register couples for marriage and perform conversions under the auspices of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. While heralded by some as an opportunity to prevent intermarriage by increasing the number of Israelis recognized as Jews, these initiatives have been criticized by others as further entrenchment of the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly over marriage and conversion. Their conversation highlights disagreements regarding civil marriage in Israel, conversion standards, and the ability of Jewish law to evolve. More broadly, their positions reflect different approaches toward reducing the tensions between the Jewish and democratic characters of the State of Israel.

The event was recorded on February 6, 2015. It is also available as a podcast via iTunes or Stitcher.


Panel: Sachs and Guttman on Post Election Israel (American U, March 23, 2015)

The Votes are In!  “Post-Election Israel” Panel Discussion with Natan Sachs, Brookings Institution and The Forward’s Nathan Guttman

Monday, March 23, 7:30 PM

Join us for an in-depth panel discussion on the implications of the Israeli Election with Nathan Sachs, Fellow for Middle East Policy at the Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution, and Nathan Guttman, Washington Bureau Chief for The Jewish Daily: Forward. Moderated by Michael Brenner, Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies. Sponsored by the Center for Israel Studies.  Location: School of International Service Abramson Family Founders Room.

School of International Service Bldg. Abramson Family  Founders Room on terrace level (free parking in garage beneath building).  Reception.  
Free with RSVP:

votes are in

Webcast Panel: Washington Institute, Politics and Policy in Israel and the West Bank (Jan 29, 2015)

Dennis Ross, David Makovsky, and Ghaith al-Omari

January 29, 2015

The Palestinians’ decision to “internationalize” their campaign for statehood by joining the ICC and other world bodies has added a new dimension to their ongoing confrontation with Israel. This gambit — coming at a time when the Fatah-Hamas leadership struggle continues and when Israel is preparing for elections in March — has raised the profile of long-simmering problems following a summer of intercommunal violence and open warfare in Gaza.

Please join Washington Institute experts Dennis Ross, David Makovsky, and Ghaith al-Omari as they discuss the current status of relations between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as the prospects for resuming peace talks. Ross and Makovsky have just returned from the region, where they met with high-level officials on both sides. Webcast begins at 12:30 p.m. EST on January 29, 2015.

Ambassador Dennis Ross is the Institute’s counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow. He has served in five U.S. administrations and worked directly with three presidents, including as point man on the peace process in the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations.

David Makovsky is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Institute. From December 2013 to September 2014, he served as senior advisor on Secretary of State Kerry’s peace process team.

Ghaith al-Omari, who just joined the Institute as a senior fellow, is former executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine. Previously, he served in various positions within the Palestinian Authority, including advisor to the negotiating team during the 1999-2001 permanent-status talks.



Lecture: On James McDonald’s published Diaries (Jan 15, 2015, American U)

Richard Breitman and Norman Goda discuss their recently published volume of James McDonald’s edited diaries.

American University, SIS Building

Thursday, January 15, 7:00-8:30pm



Screening and Discussion: Shadow in Baghdad (SOAS, Nov 20, 2014)

SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies

Shadow in Baghdad

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

7pm Thursday 20th November

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS


The film will be followed by a panel discussion with

Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz (journalist, film protagonist)

Adel Darwish (author and journalist);

Amal al-Jubouri (Director of the Arab Human Rights Academy)

Chair: Dr. Yair Wallach (SOAS)

SHADOW IN BAGHDAD (director: Duki Dror, 2013) tells the story of Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz, who escaped the upheaval of Iraq in the early 1970’s to Israel, and her father, who disappeared shortly thereafter to an unknown fate. The film follows Linda as an unexpected connection with a young Iraqi journalist sets her back on the path towards Baghdad and the truth behind her father’s disappearance. What they ultimately uncover is not only the fate of Linda’s father but that of the once thriving Iraqi Jewish community whose glorious history came to an abrupt end in the 1970’s. At once a story of tragedy and redemption, Shadow in Baghdad tells of an important chapter in the turbulent history of the Middle East as it points to a distinct hope for the future as well.

THE PANEL DISCUSSION will consider Iraq’s Jewish past against the country’s current predicament and the question of human rights, civic solidarity and minorities in the Middle East.

All Welcome

The event is free and there is no need to book

SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


News: Busy month of November at the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies (Concordia)



  • The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs presents One Story at a Time on Monday, November 10th at 7:30 pm (Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec, 475 blvd. de Maisonneuve St Est)
    • o   The Azrieli Foundation is pleased to host a film and readings featuring their newly published authors.
    • o   RSVP by November 3rd to








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Event: “Let’s Dance” – A Documentary Film, screening at UCLA, Oct 20, 2014

“Let’s Dance” – A Documentary Film

A panorama of Israeli modern dance and a unique window into Israeli society and history. With vivid performances from many of Israel’s most innovative contemporary choreographers.

Monday, October 20, 2014
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This extraordinary documentary tells the story of Israel’s innovative dance history, exploring how the need to move, shift, and be in constant motion has produced generations of great dancers and choreographers. Through insightful interviews with leading choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Rami Be’er, and Yasmeen Godder, spectacular performances, and rich archival material, the film traces Israeli dance back to its roots – from the hora circles of the kibbutz to the influences of Martha Graham and the avant-garde – to reveal how dance has become a vital form of expression in Israel today.

Directed by: Gabriel Bibliowicz, 2012 52 min..  In Hebrew with English subtitles

Post-screening discussion with art historian and professor of Israeli visual culture, Anat Gilboa, and Melissa Melpignano, Ph.D. student in Culture and Performance at the UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance, focusing on contemporary Israeli choreography.

RSVP in link.

We are very pleased to screen this film in conjunction with the Batsheva Dance Company’s 50th Anniversary performances at Royce Hall (Nov 1,2), presented by the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance and co-sponsored by the Y&S Nazarian Center. For further information, visit


Special Instructions

Public parking available in UCLA Parking Structure 3. Enter the campus at Hilgard and Wyton, and make an immediate right turn onto Charles E. Young Dr. East. Signs will direct you to Parking Structure 3, “pay-per-space” parking. For additional directions to campus, visit

Cost : Event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required.