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September 10

Musicologist Edwin Seroussi Explores History of Hatikvah

SeroussiDr. Edwin Seroussi, world-renowned scholar and winner of the 2018 Israel Prize in music, will discuss the history of the Israeli national anthem, focusing on unexpected and lesser-known interpretations of the song. Join us on September 13 at 2:00 p.m. for this free webinar, the Bildner Center’s Ruth and Alvin Rockoff Annual Program. Advance registration is required by September 11 at 3:00 p.m.

Register here.


Read The Secret History of 'Hava Nagila' by Dr. Edwin Seroussi and James Loeffler, Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History, University of Virginia.

Collaborative Film Project by Inbal Pinto and Etgar Keret

OutsideEnjoy the short dance film Outside by award-winning choreographer Inbal Pinto and author Etgar Keret, based on Keret’s Covid-19 fairy tale, published in the New York Times Magazine’s Decameron Project. A leading voice in Israeli literature, Keret was one of twenty-nine authors invited to write a short story inspired by our current moment. The film recently premiered at Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo; Times Square, NYC; and Habima Square, Tel-Aviv.

IMAGE: Keret and Pinto on set. Image via ZAZ10TS. 


Outside ProjectEtgar Keret discusses the Outside film project with Jessica Steinberg, Culture Editor, Times of Israel. Watch here.

IMAGES: From the film Outside. Image via ZAZ10TS.

Connections to Rutgers

Jessica Steinberg and NancyEtgar Keret spoke about the challenges of writing about Israeli society at the Bildner Center in 2003. His award-winning film Jellyfish, co-directed with Shira Geffen, was screened at the 2008 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival (RUJFF).

Read about Inbal Pinto, a guest choreographer in 2012 at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, and the initiative to bring Israeli dance to Rutgers.

IMAGE: Jessica Steinberg, opening night speaker, 2019 RUJFF, with Dr. Nancy Sinkoff.


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