Jewish Life
through Art

Winter 2014
Tevet 5775
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Kol HaOt at Start South & the Daroma Festival
Kol HaOt, under the leadership of executive director Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz, is playing a major role in the educational content and organization of the Start South project, and Daroma Festival. These events are bringing together passionate young leaders from around the world, who are partnering with the residents of southern Israel this month, to celebrate cultural expression and community life.

During this unforgettable 10-day experience, sponsored by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation, participants are collaborating with local residents to produce the large-scale Daroma Festival, set for Dec. 30, showcasing the cultural landscape of southern Israel. In preparation, they are designing and facilitating peer-led workshops on film, photography, street theater, graffiti art, sculpture, drumming circles and dance. It is also an opportunity for the participants from Hillel, ROI Community, Ayalim Association and Birthright Israel Excel programs to experience life in the South, by assisting in city beautification projects with local youth groups, and designing art workshops for school children
. See all the action and creativity here.
Leichtag-Sponsored ‘Collage’ Program
Strengthens Diaspora-Israel Bonds

Kol HaOt’s educational art workshops were a powerful way to foster interpersonal connections between young Diaspora Jewish adults and their Israeli counterparts, who were selected for the recent “Collage” initiative in Jerusalem. Our “Mentschmaker, Make Me a Mentsch” workshop on Jewish values (view their imaginative works) contributed to a relaxed, informal atmosphere in which the young adults were able to strengthen their social connections, while exploring ways to intensify their joint social activism in Jerusalem. The 6-week collaborative initiative between
Kol HaOt, the Jerusalem Village and Beit Prat organizations was funded by a micro-grant from the Leichtag Foundation, and focused on the deep interaction between 20 young Israeli and Olim participants.
Torah V’Avodah Students Explore
the Dimensions of Creativity

Is there a formula for solving problems creatively? That question was the focus of a Kol HaOt “Leadership and Creativity” seminar for students at Yeshivat and Midreshet Torah V’Avodah. During the week-long seminar in November the students, who are in Israel for the year, experienced new dimensions of the creative process as they tackled issues of effective communication, as well as positive ways to overcome negativity. The post-high school teens turned to classical Jewish sources to ignite their imaginations. The results were stimulating and moving, and included
a dramatic video on conflict and peace. Watch it here, and check out photos of this inspiring seminar. Contact us to conduct a similar seminar for your school or organization!
‘A Prayer for Peace’ Exhibit & Events Awes Visitors
Hundreds of local and overseas visitors were visibly moved by the Kol HaOt art exhibit, 'A Prayer for Peace', which showcased works by local artists this past Hol HaMoed Sukkot at the Achim Hasid Complex in Jerusalem. The various works, some of which were created in reaction to this past summer’s war in Gaza, evoked tears, as viewers absorbed the powerful expressions of hope for soldiers’ safety and the universal yearning for peace. The 2-day event included interactive activities related to “Prayers for Peace”, such as art projects for children and adults, spiritually moving musical performances, and a compelling Bibliodrama. The exhibit was cosponsored by The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art. View memorable pictures of the exhibit and events.

Help Kol HaOt Grow
As 2014 comes to an end, we turn to you for your financial support, so we can continue our sacred and inspiring mission to harness the arts to further Jewish education and Jewish identity. Kol HaOt is under the auspices of The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, a 501(c)3 organization. All donations in the U.S. are entirely tax deductible. Click here for details how you can donate to Kol HaOt.

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