Na’ama Meir is a mother of four, as well as an actress, a puppeteer, a medical clown, a storyteller and an alternative medicine practitioner at the Center for Natural Healing in Gush Etzion.
She founded the Freckles Theater, and performs throughout the country in dozens of libraries, community centers and kindergartens.
Today, she teaches courses and puppet workshops together with the show “Make It a Story” for parents and educators. This puppet show deals with growth through crisis and the healing power of stories and drama.
Avishai Sheetrit is a puppeteer, actor, narrator and television personality in Israel. Avishai operates puppets for a number of children’s programs in Israel, including “Pulka the Turkey”, the puppet on the popular religious children’s television program “Assi and Tuvia”, as well as “Chadga” the goat. He has performed in a number of different musical and theatrical performances, as well as in his own one-man shows and puppeting demonstration for both adults and children across the State of Israel.
Ariel Cohen the son of a Jewish family from Morocco, is a 34 year old Israeli singer and sculptor who lives in Jerusalem with a unique and moving voice. He sings prayers and and piyyutim from all Jewish traditions.
He is fluent in seven languages: Hebrew, French, English, Arabic, Moroccan, Ladino and Spanish.
He began his musical career in the army, in a military band – and also participated in projects and performing for Jewish communities in Israel and abroad, on behalf of Keren Hayesod.
In 2008, he performed at the Eurovision Song Contest and represented Israel as the accompanist of Boaz Mauda, with a performance that entered the top ten (ninth and honorable place), followed by touring throughout Europe and Canada. Ariel also performed together with the famous singer, Moshe Peretz, in Caesarea and in various venues throughout Israel.
Ariel is now performing in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world on behalf of the World Zionist Organization.
Ariel is involved with many projects , He performs in Belgium and France, in the “Shirat HaCohanim” project together with Cantor Uziel Sabato,; with the Andalusian Orchestra “Almograbia” and at festivals in Israel and abroad..
Ariel is also currently working on his debut album a compilation of prayers, piyutim and original songs written by him.
Tonight I delivered my final session in Malmo (Sweden) alongside Avigayle Adler as part of the OTS Amiel BaKehila delegation to Scandinavia.
Having travelled from Copenhagen this afternoon, we were met in Malmo station by Rabbi Moshe David HaCohen and as we walked towards the community centre, we heard about the opportunities, and challenges, facing this special community.
When we arrived at the community centre, we met members of the community who were there to collect some basic Pesach foods which are now being sold through the community centre, and this was followed by a fabulous art activity for children led by Avigayle.
Soon after we popped out to visit the stunning synagogue and heard about its history, and we then returned to the community centre for a further art activity for adults which was then followed by my presentation titled, ‘Serving God Together: The Making of the Unified Haggadah’ where I told the story of Rav Goren’s Nusach Achid Haggadah and made a number of remarks about cohesion and unity in Jewish communities and in wider society. We ended the evening with a panel discussion addressing how we can achieve unity while celebrating diversity.
It has been an incredible privilege to spend the past week visiting and learning from the Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen and Malmo communities, while also sharing Torah ideas and connecting with so many wonderful people. In truth, it is impossible to put into words my admiration for the many wonderful leaders and community volunteers who we have met, and I thank each and every one of them for their kindness, hospitality, and for teaching me so much about their special communities.