Sarit Gizbar – Art Educator

Sarit Gizbar, a creative soul, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jewish Studies and a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling.

Sarit works at different Colleges, teaching both students and teachers, diverse and creative learning methods using visual texts and personal creativity.

Sarit designs learning environments in schools in Israel and develops curricula.

In her capacity as director of the Division for Jewish Culture, she advises, develops and produces Jewish cultural events in various environments: museums, galleries, music shows and literature, cultural events in the spirit of Judaism to different audiences.

Sarit has tutored on the topic of Jewish tradition to counselors and teachers and locals in the former Soviet Union.

She headed the Beit Midrash for Creative Jewish work.

In her sessions, Sarit teaches how to express your deepest internal personality. Her sessions include:

  • Experiential learning from the Jewish books
  • Using visual and tangible texts
  • Working in creating artwork as a follow up to the learning session
  • Activities for different, inter- generational audiences, from preschool to senior …

 

Limor Amir – Medical Clown

 Limor Amir is an educational counselor, theater teacher, director, actress and medical clown.

She has a B.A in Special Education, an M.A. in Educational Counseling

and is certified in directing and acting, drama therapy and humor therapy.Limor has more than 30 years experience in the educational system. She gives lectures on humor and gives workshops to audiences of various ages and to special needs populations.Limor’s speaks Hebrew (mother tongue) as well as English. She has charisma, humor, and extensive experience in how to communicate with audiences.

Israel Portnoy – Musician/Songwriter

Israel Portnoy- Musician/Songwriter

Israel Portnoy was Born is Cheshire, just outside of Manchester (UK) into a Musial family of 9 children. His parents were the Rabbincal couple of the local community of “Hale Synagogue”. From the age of 8, Israel could be heard leading the services at the synagogue and singing at wedding ceremonies. He began writing his own songs from as young as 6 years old and would record himself on cassette tapes. He initially started playing piano at around age 5 and at the age of 11 he discovered guitar after (as he puts it) his younger brother “overtook him on the piano”. At the age of 16 he moved to Israel alone initially to study in a Talmudical college and subsequently moved on to music school and cantorial schools. It was in Israel that he  formed a band with his brother Mendy, aptly named “PORTNOY” (also fondly referred to as “the PORTNOY Brothers”) and they have literally travelled the world together with their music.   Israel is a multi-instrumentalist as well as a Cantor and has has filled the roll as cantor in places as far and wide as New Zealand, Bratislava and Los Angeles. In May 2019, whilst living in “Moshav Mevo Modi’im”, a forest-fire wiped out his entire home and home-studio (complete with over 15 instruments and many recordings and lyrics, never to be seen or heard again).

Israel’s music style is deeply rooted in an eclectic mix of liturgical music, growing up on the bima in the synagogue and has since been influenced by everyone from the Beatles (particularly George Harrison) to Paul Simon and Eric Clapton. His writing style varies but there is an undeniable soul-drenched bluesy sound in most of what he performs. Since moving to Israel, has also enjoyed soaking up the colours of modern Israeli music. He is a versatile musician and can be seen effortlessly appropriating his repertoire to the crowds’ specific tastes.

Efrat Shitrit- Confectioner & Chocolatier

Efrat Shitrit is a confection baker and chocolatier. After studying baking in Hadassah College, she worked as a private baker and caterer. Five years ago, Efrat opened her own business called “Sameach BaMitbach” (Happy in the Kitchen) bringing the fun and excitement of baking and chocolate making to groups, homes and groups across Israel.

Over the past summer, Efrat served as the official baker for Camp Moshava in the United States, serving 1,400 hungry campers each day