OTS Amiel Bakehila Partner Profile: Deborah Jacubovsky – Actress, Singer, Dancer and Playwright

Deborah Jacubsky

I traveled to Israel for the first time on a study trip at the age of fifteen and felt an immediate and deep connection with the land of our ancestors, our present and future. Since then I understood that Israel would one day be my home. Following my Aliyah from Chile in 2012, I met my husband in Shuk Machane Yehuda and we have a wonderful son. Kibbutz galuyot!
I am a creative mind that dreams day and night. Within my itinerary of activities with the communities is “Soul Dance”, Theater, music and artistic workshops with Jewish content.

Soul Dance
Seven years ago I created a dance movement called “Soul Dance”. It is a circle of tribal Jewish dance that is composed of Afro Latin rhythms, song and prayer in motion. Together we create a dance that reactivates the lost or sleeping heritage of the Jewish woman and reignites traditions we shared in ancient times prior to 2,000 years of exile. This dance helps us connect with God, with ourselves, with the circle of women in brotherhood and with the natural cycles of the planet and our bodies.
Through this experience, we let go of fears, anxieties and conventions about what is beautiful and aesthetic. We let go of personal and collective judgments and concepts about coordination and rhythm in order to learn to listen to the movement of our souls. It is incredible for me to see the transformation of women from the beginning to the end of the sessions. It fills my heart to be able to share tools that encourage living a more conscious and meaningful life. These dances he us understand that we are warrior women who fight in an internal war, one that makes us better human beings, using all the wisdom that lives within our wombs.
Every time I shared Soul Dance, without exception, the women enjoyed and managed to connect in a way that they did not know and that many times did not think possible. On several occasions, women who did teshuva or converted to Judaism approached me, and with tears in their eyes, they thanked me because they have not felt that level of connection for a long time. For many, it is a gift to know that they can find a way to express themselves, dance and sing with holiness.

Theatre
Comedy is a very high form of healing for people. When the audience laughs collectively, it often ignores the fact that in addition to entertaining there is an even deeper phenomenon that is taking place. Laughter helps the person release endorphins, which in addition to relieving pain strengthen the ability of white cells to defend the body against viruses and bacteria. In short, laughter is both physical and spiritual medicine.
It has been a giant pleasure to be able to act for hundreds of people who have laughed out loud and also taken an important message to reflect. On these trips I have presented a monologue called “Bite The Tongue” based on the teachings of proper speech.

What has impacted me most has been the opportunity to meet the emerging communities that are made up of men and women who converted or are in the process – devoted and committed people of humble nature and exceptional values. They gladly receive the knowledge we share to feel closer to Israel, reaffirming the path chosen in the decision to live as Jews. It is inspiring and overwhelming.

To date, I have had the blessing and opportunity to travel to six countries and fourteen different cities with OTS Amiel BaKehila delegations. It has been an immensely rewarding experience for me on a personal and professional level.
My work brings joy, Jewish values ​​and empowerment on a personal and collective level. For me it is a blessing to be able to connect with the greatest number of people, listening to their stories and dreams, giving my support and maintaining connection with these people even at a distance. It is very inspiring and helps them feel closer to Israel.
Being able to represent Israel by sharing culture and spirituality with Jewish communities in the Diaspora is an honor and a huge privilege, and for that I feel grateful.
In November I will, God willing, be traveling with OTS Amiel BaKehila to Paraguay and Chile, the land where I was born. I hope to continue doing this beautiful and enriching work to continue connecting with the soul of those who live so far away but who are also part of our people.

We are creating indestructible bridges, from heart to heart.

Einat Kapach – Movie Director and Lecturer

Film Director and Lecturer

A graduate of the prestigious film school “Maale “, with an MA from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, Einat Kapach is the director of a number of films, including the documentary “My Legacies” (2011), “Rav Papa” (2016), and “At the End of a Long Day” – which won the “Minister of Education Prize for Creators in the Field of Jewish Culture” (2009). She has also directed and produced of a series of videos – When Heaven & Earth Touch (2010) on charitable organizations in Israel and the United States.

A talented film professional, Einat has participated in numerous festivals both in Israel and overseas. She has been an active participant in the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Golden Horse Festival in Taiwan, Tel Aviv Student Film Festival, Israeli Week in Bonn, Germany, Sukkawa Festival in Japan, and many others.

Today, Einat both teaches at Maale and also works in its Department of Public Relations promoting the important cultural work that it is doing in Israel as a Jewish, religious film school. She also continues to write, direct, produce and lecture at venues around the world.

Jaime Shear – Sofer Stam and Artist

jaimie Shear – Sofer Stam

For twenty-six years, Torah scribe, artist and educator, Jamie Shear has been creating hand-written, Hebrew scrolls on parchment to the highest standards of Jewish law, tradition and aesthetics. He has completed ten Torah scrolls for Synagogues in Canada, US, Israel and Hong Kong.

Jamie also fuses the ancient craft of the quill with a unique perspective to create art that adorns, signifies and commemorates.  He adds beauty to classic texts like the Ketubah, illuminating them using an array of mediums and artistic techniques.  Jamie has a special affinity with the Hebrew calligraphy technique known as micrography, the art of creating elaborate designs using the quill to form images comprised of select texts. When Jamie is not creating, he is teaching about his craft and shares the Torah ideas behind his art to people coming into his workshop / gallery in the Cardo of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, since 2006, Jamie has been living in Jerusalem with his family.

Avichai Koch -Farmer/Agriculture

Avichai Koch – Organic Farmer
Avichai Koch lived and worked in the world of Hi Tech in Tel Aviv, until 2003. At that time, he and his wife decided to follow their Zionistic dreams and move to Moshav Tkuma in the northern Negev where they could be an active part in building the country and taking a stronger part in Israel’s developing history and agriculture.
 
Avichai started out by working for Kibutz Sa’ad in the farming business, where he worked from sunrise to sunset mainly on the carrots harvester, earning a third of his previous income. Nonetheless, he felt like the happiest person on earth. In his words, “God created us land workers and anything else is not natural…”
 
As Avichai’s farm is situated only 4 miles from the Gaza strip, it has suffered missile damage to his warehouses in the past. In spite of the difficulties he faces, he continues to farm and work the land. Avichai is also one of the few Jewish farmers in Isael that have decided to keep the mitzvah of Shmitta in full and not work the land for the entire year.
 
Today, Avichai has an organic farm where he grows organic vegetables in greenhouses for the local market. Avichai incorporates modern agricultural technology with organic farming methods to grow healthy produce without chemical and pesticide intervention.
 
Avichai lectures to groups around the world, and has presented to groups of all ages.
 
Suggested Talks and Discussion Topics:
  • Farming in Israel – Israeli Agri-Tech in the Real World
  • The Challenge and Blessing of Observing the Laws of Shemittah
  • Living, Working and Farming at the Edge of the Gaza Strip