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Studio Israel: Conversation Series

This fall, JArts and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) join forces to shine a light on the many facets of contemporary Israel through the lens of art. This peer-led series will bring together artists, academics and community leaders to better understand the nuances of Israel’s social and political landscape through contemporary art.

The series is a pilot partnership between HBI, JArts, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and is made possible by generous support from CJP Art & Culture. Chaired by artist Caron Tabb, it brings together leaders from across art forms and backgrounds to investigate how Israeli art represents the swath of cultural opportunities and challenges that face Israel today.




April 8, 2-3 pm. Registration coming soon.

Tamar has been creating and performing for over 20 years. Her background combines classical ballet technique, modern dance, dance traditions from various cultures, including Balinese and Mexican, and movement therapies and practices such as Feldenkrais.

A car accident in 1990 left Tamar paralyzed in both legs. She has continued to evolve her work since then, and has performed at many dance festivals across Israel and Europe. She was awarded the Buchman Hyman “Promising Artist Award,” and the distinguished Artist Award bestowed by the Ballet Master Albert Gaubier fund. She was also awarded the “Grace Award” (Hebrew – Ot Ha-Chesed) for her empowering and inspiring work with various physically and situationally challenged communities.

Learn more about her unique choreography and artistic output. Register.

Performance artist Tamar Borer

I find her work original, unique, exciting and highly esthetic. Besides the beauty that Tamar weaves from her movements, she also brings a rare humane dimension to her dancing. Few artists possess such an abundance of sensitivity, talent and uniqueness.” – Dance writer Giyora Manor



February Installment:  Galit Reismann of TLVstyle

Israeli tastemaker, entrepreneur, curator, and fashion-content expert Galit Reismann of TLVstyle combines her passion for fashion with her deep connection to Tel Aviv. Using PechaKucha, a storytelling format that shows 20 images with 20 seconds of commentary each, Reismann and selected designers tell the multicultural story that is contemporary Israel through fashion and design. The work of Elisha Abargel, Akal, Orna Barkan Liftz, Tamar Branitzk and Hana Menkes ranges from clothes to accessories to tallit. Introductory remarks by Dr. Shayna Weiss, associate director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.


December Installment: Vered Nissim in conversation with Dr. Sivan Rajuan Shtang

Vered Nissim is an Israeli based visual artist, mostly focused on photography and video installations. The home and family sphere is her primary source material, showing an insider point of view on immigration, social mobility, and capitalist myths, in particular ones that relate to the perception of femininity.

Dr. Sivan Rajuan Shtang is a visual culture scholar interested in the various modes of intersection between the axis of race, class, gender, and sexuality in Israeli and Zionist art and visual culture. From 2020-2021, she is serving as a research fellow at Brandeis University.

‘A Way from No Way’ – by Vered Nissim


October  Installment: Smadar Sheffi 

Smadar Sheffi is a curator, art critic and researcher of contemporary art and culture.

Follow her on her bilingual blog, “The Window.”


The program is made possible with generous support from Combined Jewish Philanthropies.



Event information

February 11th
9:00 am



Online via Zoom

United States