Arts Programmers

Welcome Educators!

We believe you may be interested in the following materials:

Arts Resources 

From book guides to film guides to in-depth artist explorations – feel free to browse and use.

Chag Ha’atzmaut 

How can your unique arts and culture perspective benefit the community’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations? Some materials to help you think through some of the issues.

Hugging and Wrestling 

The original article, that draws direct connections between the current needs of Israel Engagement, and the arts.

Below you can also find all the materials posted that have been earmarked for your interest.


Eurovisionland

 

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Originally published 2007

In Eurovisionland, things like this aren’t supposed to happen.

In Eurovisionland everybody is smiling, all songs are catchy, and boom boom bingabang is a challenging lyric. This year, it’s all going to be different. And it’s all Israel’s fault.

The Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s leading annual song contest, drawing huge numbers of viewers, and the continent’s greatest musical talent. Every country selects their own favorite original song, and sends off their hero to compete for the crown of the best song in Europe that year. Unlike X Factor, the emphasis here is on the song-writing itself, and not necessarily on the performer.

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HaDag Nahash – translation powerpoints for you

 

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Are HaDag Nahash coming to perform for you?
Why not make sure that everyone enjoys their lyrics as well as their music?
All you need to do is set up a screen above the stage, a computer projector, and download these powerpoints…

 

Chorus

Consolation Song

FRIDAY’S HERE

Grievance against Political Parties

Here I Come

It’ll all work out

It’s not enough

Move

NotFrayerim

Psyched

Sticker Song

Suits

Time to Wake Up

Traitor

Then all you need is someone who is a fan of the band, whose Hebrew is as good as their English, and who has a spare finger to keep clicking…. You can find a few more tips here in our section on booking Israeli bands.

Two more things:
  1. Please keep our logos on the slides – we’re not asking for any payment, just acknowledgment.
  2. Find out more about HaDag Nahash from their official site, here.

Black over White

 

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A beautiful documentary about the Idan Reichel Project on their first visit to Ethiopia. The movie follows the whole band, but in particular the experiences of the two Ethiopian-Israelis, one of whom has memories of his life in Ethiopia, and the other who remembers nothing. A wonderful exploration of music, home, and identity. 

Click here to download a discussion guide.

The film is available from ruth@ruthfilms.com

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Arik Einstein – Lost and Found in Translation

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Along with the heart-felt tributes to Arik Einstein, there has been a fascinating undercurrent of emotional hoarding on the part of some Israelis. Assuming that no one outside of Israel has ever heard of Arik Einstein or any of his songs, they then make a further assumption that it is their job to explain what he and his music meant. Yet after this double-assumption, everything closes down. Writes Israeli-born Liel Leibovitz: “I have nothing to say to you about Arik Einstein. I’m sorry to sound like a prick, but you wouldn’t get it.” It’s an extreme comment, but sums up a prevailing sentiment. Those non-Israelis, they won’t get it.

There is something rather beautiful and also sad about this kind of response. The character and the music of Arik Einstein made its impact in the way the best of art should: Through our hearts. His music touched millions, each of whom received it as if created for them alone. This is the paradoxical magic of art. As a result, when feeling his loss, it is a personal emotional loss that – when we are sad – we sometimes fight to “own”. “You wouldn’t get it,” is a perfect way to maintain the purity and unique authenticity of my pain. To Full Post

My Promised Land – facilitator’s guide

 

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What do you need?

  • You need to have read the book yourself…
  • You need for everyone attending the discussion to have read the book (or up to the chapter you are discussing, in the 9-part series) – no short cuts!
  • You need to have worked through the guide, making decisions for yourself.
  • You are welcome to print out any of the materials you wish. You can also run the entire session carbon-free.
  • You need a quiet, well-lit room with comfortable seating for the discussion itself.
  • Set up a flip-chart or white board. To Full Post

My Promised Land – whole book structured discussion

 

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Bettering or Battering?

A recurring theme in Shavit’s narrative is the difference, sometimes chasm, between intentions, actions, and results. 
  • What would you say were Shavit’s intentions in writing this book?
  • Did he succeed?
The Jewish community throughout the world tends to be suspicious of those who criticize Israel and Zionism. This may be because criticism can serve two opposing intentions. Sometimes criticism is a call for destruction, and sometimes criticism is a call for improvement and reconstruction. 
  • How would you classify “My Promised Land” – reconstructive? destructive? 
  • Do you believe Shavit’s intentions were towards construction or destruction? To Full Post

My Promised Land – working with the conversation units

 

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The conversation units

We have created for you eight individual discussion units based on particular chapters of the book. You can work with these units in a nine-part series of meetings that culminate in the Whole Book Discussion, or you can work with the units as individual stand-alone modules.

For each discussion you will need

  • to have read the book yourself…
  • for everyone attending the discussion to have read the particular chapter under discussion AND Chapter One – At First Sight (this first chapter offers crucial context) – no short cuts!
  • You need to have worked through the guide, making decisions for yourself.
  • You are welcome to print out any of the materials you wish. You can also run the entire session carbon-free.
  • a quiet, well-lit room with comfortable seating for the discussion itself.
  • a flip-chart or white board. To Full Post

Provocative Facilitation

 

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Here are some of what we may call the principles of provocative facilitation, in no particular order:

  • Dialogue is not consensus
  • Comfort must be hard-won, not worshipped
  • Learning means going to visit
  • Push for “authentic speech”
  • We live with questions that can’t be answered To Full Post

First Conversation Chapter Two: Into the Valley, 1921

 

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Precis
 

מפת ישראלThis chapter focuses specifically on the Harod valley, (the south eastern part of the Yizrael valley), populated by a few poor Arab villages before Zionism arrived there in the Autumn of 1921. For centuries the valley had been sparsely populated and lightly farmed. A place of brackish water and disease. Shavit describes the new situation of Eastern European Jews and of Zionism at the end of the First World War.  The crisis of the former had become much more acute and the forces awakening in the Zionist movement had responded with more radical and widespread solutions, including the idea of large scale settlement in the Yizrael (Jezreel) valley, a valley that resonated with Biblical memory. To Full Post

Second Conversation Chapter Four: Masada, 1942

 

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Precis

Masada in 1942 lies at the center of the chapter symbolically but Shavit’s narrative begins in the violent years of the Arab revolt of 1936 to 1939. These three years of almost unrelenting terror put Jew clearly against Arab and made it impossible for the Jews to maintain any kind of blindness to the Arab question that so many had exhibited up till then. In Shavit’s description, the 1936 campaign brought about a toughening of the Jewish psyche, a final realization that non-violent confrontation would be impossible.

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