In addition to rocking out, hard as a Jewish Chick Rocker, I also do a fair bit of consulting and facilitation work (as you Arts & Culture 2009 ROIers know). I am working on an AVI CHAI funded project called Chazon with an incredible educator named Shalom Orzach. The focus of Chazon is to help North American Jewish summer camp directors investigate how Israel is taught at their camps. The Why, What, When and How of Israel education - or in other words, what's the story that they want to tell in their camps to their participants, whose perspective is that story coming from, and how is it delivered. And one of the best educational methods to open up conversations about Israel - to examine story, perspective, history, narrative - is through, you guessed it, ARTS AND CULTURE!!!!
As we were planning one of Chazon's seminars in Israel, I mentioned to Shalom that we absolutely need to utilize the talents of this innovative, entrepreneurial organization called Omanoot. ROI's own talented Edoe Cohen hooked us up with his co-founder Lindsay Criterman who built us a few hours of investigation, inquiry and discussion on the history of Tel Aviv - through a cultural lens!