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

Yahav Kriti – “Chef on Wheels”

                                              

Hi friends,
My name is Yahav Kriti, I’m married and the father of five lovely children, I’m a professional chef and owner of “Chef on Wheels”, which specializes in experiential and entertaining cooking shows throughout Israel as well as Jewish and Israeli communities around the world for the last fifteen years.

My cooking workshops teach about a wide variety of amazing food styles from around the world. Everything is done in a humorous and fun manner with lots of laughter, combined with entertaining tips and stories as well as audience participation. 

The end result is an amazingly delicious and fun Israeli culinary experience that everyone enjoys (and eats!)

I was honored to participate in two OTS Amiel BaKehila delegations last year, as an ambassador of Israeli food, bringing the joyful Israeli spirit to distant communities through food, colors, spices and smells that come out of the pots of the Holy Land … making everyone fall in love over and over again with Israel. Over the coming year, I will participate in three additional delegations to the United Kingdom and the United States.

During my recent visit to Ottawa, Canada, we held a huge Culinary Workshop for the wonderful community at the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue, all of whom were invited to prepare a joint Israeli meal. It was amazing and heartwarming to see how everyone prepared the sumptuous meal together. Adults who had difficulties cutting the vegetables were assisted by the youngsters next to them, all of whom rolled up their sleeves to chop, mix, season and cook together a delicious Israeli meal of fresh salads, squash, chickpeas, fried eggplant and bread with Za’atar.

In every journey and encounter with the communities, I felt the warmth, caring and togetherness of everyone I take pride in being a part of this people who always reach out, learn and give. I take it upon myself to give – to the communities.

around me and specifically to my own community in the city of Holon, in the Land of Israel.

It is exciting for me to fly to the other side of the world and to bring the wonderful flavors of the Land of Israel to the far-flung communities to build and maintain the amazing connection we built through food – with a serving of Israeli humor on the side.

Thank you OTS Amiel BaKehila for the amazing experience of visiting those wonderful communities.