Spreading the face of revolution from Tunisia to Tel Aviv – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Spreading the face of revolution from Tunisia to Tel Aviv – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

 

Remember JR, the winner of the TED Prize for ‘movers and shakers’ in 2011? Well, I do. And I showed that TED talk to a number of students hoping to inspire them to proclaim themselves through art.

He was in Israel last week to support the March for Millions held last Saturday, Sept 3.

Read the article!

Get on the bandwagon. Yallah!

 

Working with “Inside Hana’s Suitcase” and “Hana’s Suitcase”

“Inside Hana’s Suitcase” and “Hana’s Suitcase” 

update: Today, if you’re in Canada, tune in to CBC at 8:00 P.M.

Toronto filmmaker Larry Weinstein’s deeply affecting 2009 Holocaust documentary Inside Hana’s Suitcase (CBC, 8 p.m.) is meaningful and heartfelt, about one young girl’s experiences of the Holocaust, without stooping to condescension or cheap sentimentality.

To Reach out and Touch the Holocaust

Who's Who, Inside Hana's Suitcase

Back in November 2009, I posted about my brother’s film, Inside Hana’s Suitcase, being screened. Since then, the film has travelled to many festivals, including here in the Jerusalem Film Festival. The book Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine, translated into at least 44 languages, has continued to be read and enjoyed.

Now, it’s my turn to do something with this story. I’ve been maniacally working on a series of lessons for Hebrew-speaking English language learners. My goal is to awaken my students’ curiousity in the incredible story of how Fumiko Ishioka, head of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center, was able to borrow a suitcase from the Auschwitz Museum and through her desire to teach Japanese children the story of the Holocaust, tracked down the owner of the suitcase and her brother.

This story circled the globe bringing new information to George Brady, alive and well in Toronto, Canada about his sister, Hana. He learned of her days in Terezin via drawings sent to him by Fumiko, and he learned that her suitcase had found its way to Tokyo. He also discovered how children around the world were eager to learn about Hana and his own history.

The story touches all who read it, and the film energizes it anew, in its dramatizations of the Brady family life in Czechoslovakia before WWII and the changes in life that came with the Nazi restrictions and deportations to Terezin.

I’m grappling with the following questions:

  • How can I make this story accessible to non-English speakers?
  • How can I present the story  in a way that arouses curiousity to know more?
  • How can I help non-English speakers understand the film, currently unavailable with sub-titles?

The process is exciting, especially since I am so very impressed with the original book and especially Larry’s film, Inside Hana’s Suitcase. Stay tuned. If anyone reading is interested, drop a comment!

– judih

Hana's drawing from Terezin

Bezalel turns Israel into giant art gallery – Israel Culture, Ynetnews

Bezalel turns Israel into giant art gallery – Israel Culture, Ynetnews.

Bezalel turns Israel into giant art gallery

 

 

Leading academy of arts and design presents biggest ever outdoor exhibition in Israel. President ‘hugely proud of wonderful work that our students produce’

Ynetnews

Published: 02.16.11, 14:38 / Israel Culture

Bezalel, Israel’s leading academy of art and design, and one of the top art schools in the world, is turning the whole of Israel into an art gallery, from February 16 to 26.

Some 1600 students from all eight of Bezalel’s art and design departments will contribute one piece of artwork to the largest outdoor exhibition ever in Israel. Each piece of art is being reproduced on billboards and they will be distributed and displayed across the country.

 

Take a poetry break: Listen to Spirit World Restless, online radio featuring Martina Newberry

An interview with poet Martina Newberry!

Permanent link available here:  http://scriptorpress.com/spiritplantsradio/judih/12.04.2010.mp3


Spirit World Restless with DJ judih features Martina Newberry on its inaugural show.

Tune in to Spirit Plants Radio at http://spfradio.yage.net.

Martina answers questions and reads some of her poems, including a six-pack of work from her latest book: Late Night Radio, which will soon be reviewed here.

Tune into Spirit World Restless at these times:

est:   Saturday 2:15 pm est / Sunday 6:15 a.m.

pst: Saturday 11:15 a.m. /Sunday  3:15 a.m

Tel Aviv time: Saturday 9:15 p.m. / Sunday 13:15 p.m

And somewhere in between for other parts of the ever-listening world.

Stay tuned for further details!

Spirit Plants radio broadcasts 24/7 at http://spfradio.yage.net

The Mustache Theatre! Community Youth in performance

This is the poster for ‘I am Who I am’, a performance by the Mustache Theatre.

The last time I saw the community Mustache Theatre perform was during Operation Cast Lead. The performance at that time was based on authentic fears and experiences during a time when we, in this area, were experiencing constant rocket attacks, usually early morning as children boarded their school buses or in the evening when a family was home, without access to a fallout shelter. Those dreadful times bred deep fears that were compounded with every boom.

At that time, the Mustache Theatre offered a forum for kids to pen their anxieties and shape them into skits. With every rehearsal and later every performance,  this drama therapy worked its magic. Talking about fears released the pressure. “Red Alert” (Tzeva Adom) was the resultant play.

Now, two years afterwards, rocket attacks are fewer and other problems have stepped into the foreground. Last night’s performance of  “I Am Who I Am” focused on individual stories of normal everyday kids.

The Mustache Theatre

One was embarrassed because of her Russian roots. She only wanted to be like every other Israeli teenager. Another had an eating disorder. A third coped with a mother with diagnosed schizophrenia. And on it went. Each character had his or her moment to express dilemmas or pain within the environment of a youth camp.

The script, based on the participants’ stories, was edited into final form by Na’ama Goren. Direction was by Ya’acov Amsalem, himself brandishing the mustache for which the troupe was named.

Actors: Yonatan Malchi, Yonatan Segal, Ya’ara Melinski, Liron Malchi, Mor Lavie, Miri Sosnovski, Nisanit Cohen, Idan Hameiri, Shirli Vinogradov and Tom Segal are all students in Nofei Habsor Comprehensive School, ranging in age from 13 – 17.

The backing for this project comes from the heart and soul of one woman, Aliza Ben Yehuda, who works with the Eshkol Regional Council in the Youth Social Services Department. She, in her wisdom, saw that theatre was an immediate remedy for alienation during troubled times, and through her efforts, the theatre group was created ten years ago and has been nurtured ever since by other members of the Youth Social Services branch.

After the performance, the  participants offered thanks to all of the adults who gave them a hand, to one of their fellow actors, Dvir, who acted as Assistant Director.

The show was enthusiastic, clearly a labour of love for all involved. This troupe generally performs in national festivals throughout Israel and I expect they will be on the road with the show in the near future.

– Judih, talking now for Let My People Know