Thursday, July 4
Surround Sound or “Cultural Capital”
Breakfast at the Hotel
8:45 Depart for Rimon School of Music
Morning at the Rimon School of Music
The Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music was founded by musicians in 1985 and is dedicated to the nurturing of future generations of musicians. “Rimon challenges their students with a rigorous curriculum that inspires a unique and vibrant environment to develop personal growth, passion, and collaboration”
Meet students and faculty, enjoy a performance, participate in workshops, and join together for a culminating shared experience. Finish with lunch.
Afternoon-Tel Aviv Cultural Electives
You will be able to participate in one of the following electives:
- Asif Culinary Institute and Levinsky Market
Asif is a non-profit organization and culinary center in Tel Aviv dedicated to cultivating and nurturing Israel’s diverse and creative food culture, a joint venture of the New York City-based Jewish Food Society and Tel Aviv’s Start-Up Nation Central. The Levinsky Market specializes in spices and Mediterranean delicacies. It is, in many ways, the best market in Tel Aviv, known for its variety, freshness, and special atmosphere. Tour the market and have “tastings” throughout.
- Fashion and Tikkun Olam
Can art, fashion, and design make a change in the world? How can we use creativity as tool to empower subgroups in Israel and can these groups change and inspire “Israeli mainstream”? In this tour we will meet Israeli artists and designers who are dedicated to do things different; they are sustainable & eco- friendly brands that upcycle or use unique materials with zero waste/they support the local industry/they help minorities in Israel and in general strengthen Israeli society as a whole with their art and heart. We will talk about the Jewish values, Tikkun Olam and “Love your neighbor as yourself” and about inclusivity, diversity and activism.
- Hands on graffiti with Dan Groover and Park Hamesila
Dan Groover’s artistic journey began when he was a child in France and eventually brought him to Israel, where he was born after travelling the world and developing himself as an artist. Groover applies a universal dimension to contemporary techniques of his art that is meant to be accessible to all, using graphical language, visual Pop Art, and Street Art. Continue to the new Park Hamesila, built on an 1800 railway, which is a new gathering point in Tel Aviv.
- Shirel Horovitz – The History of Israeli Art at the Tel Aviv Art Museum and Kiryat Hamelacha art galleries
In this dynamic tour we’ll figure out what makes Israeli art into what it is, exploring its relationship with the Zionist narrative as well as the international art world. This tour through the extensive Israeli collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is an amazing way to visually explore the Israeli narrative from the early 20th century until today. What is the story the Arts Establishment tells about Israeli Art? Continue to Kiryat HaMelacha, an artist community set in a former warehouse area.
- Gesher Theater and Jaffa Theater
Hear the unique visions of these two theaters and meet their artistic directors & performers. Gesher Theater is the Jewish Theater of Israel founded in 1991 by Russian immigrants. Over the years Gesher has become a bridge between Russian and Israeli cultures. The Jaffa Theater is a meeting point between Arab and Hebrew cultures. Plays are often about issues between the communities and are followed by a discussion.
- Off The Beaten Path Arts and Culture tour of Jaffa with Anat Groysman
Groysman, a fascinating tour guide and explorer, will take you through Jaffa introducing you to the hidden gems of arts and culture in the city.
- Peres Center for Peace and Innovation followed by a meeting with Tech2Peace
The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is a leading non-profit and non-governmental organization focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge programs. The center presents the incredible story of Israel, the “innovation nation”, and showcases the diverse fields and people behind Israeli innovation. Following the visit meet the staff and founder of Tech2Peace which provides high-tech and entrepreneurial training alongside conflict dialogue to young Palestinians and Israelis. They partner with leading organizations like Google for Startups, Microsoft, and MIT to provide the best professional opportunities. At the same time, they use conflict dialogue and team-building activities to create a safe space for young people of all backgrounds and beliefs to meet, express their beliefs, and work with the “other side.”
Following the electives, meet with the whole group for a prayer moment, program, and cocktail party!
Speaker – Tel Aviv as a Center of Israeli Culture
Cocktails and appetizers
Tishrey Bar and Demo – Drink down a story of Israel! Travel the different regions of the country through the drinks. Through local spirits, quality Israeli produce, cultural design, and Israeli innovation, meet the staff of an Israeli cocktail ‘start-up’ and see how they translate this into amazing cocktails. Cocktails are mixed with Israeli alcohol, fruit in season, and wrapped into the Israeli story. You’ll have a chance to learn to mix the drinks as well.
Dinner and evening your own
Overnight: Tel Aviv