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.

Ariella Zeitlin- Hoffman – Violinist

Ariella Zeitlin – Violinist

Ariella Zeitlin-Hoffman is a world renowned violinist, known for her “unique abilities to inspire audiences with a blend of humour, beatboxing, technology, the sweetest voice I ever heard, and classical virtuoso violin playing of the highest caliber”. Born in Baltimore MD, she was accepted to the esteemed Peabody School of Music at the age of 8, where she began her solo career under the guidance of Mellasenah Edwards. Performing with orchestras from the age of 10, she flew to Japan for her first international tour at the age of 13.

She moved to Israel at the age of 17, to study under the best teachers in the country, and quickly was accepted into the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where she studied with the demanding Michael Gaisler. Under his guidance, she won competitions both in her degree program, and internationally, chosen from a list of hundreds to be flown to Montecito, California to attend the Music Academy of the West in 2009. In 2010 she was invited to attend the Perlman Music Program in Jerusalem, as a representative of the JAMD, and she was awarded many prizes and scholarships from the JAMD in order to continue her studies.

In 2011, she was awarded a highly coveted scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation prize to continue on to her M. Mus, and she began performing and gaining a following in recital halls around Israel. She completed her M. Mus in 2013, and was flown a week later by the World Zionist Organization to London to perform for a crowd of hundreds on their “Night to Honor Israel”, to the delight of the crowd. She returned to Jerusalem to teach and perform, most notably performing the Mendellsohn Violin Concerto while 9 months pregnant with her second child. In November 2014, she was flown to Toronto to perform at a gala for Yad Vashem, where $2.6 million was raised for their educational programs. In January 2015 she launched violinlikethat.com, a wildly popular website combining tutorial videos for playing popular songs on the violin, covers of popular songs, and a witty blog with helpful articles for striving violinists.

Na’ama Meir – Puppeteer/Actress

Naama Meir -Puppeteer/Actress

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.

Links:

https://naamation.wixsite.com/ripuytv

https://www.nemashim.co/landing-page

https://www.nemashim.co/

Avishai Shitrit -Puppeteer/Actor

Avishai Shitrit – Puppeteer/Actor

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.

​Links to Articles and Videos about Avishai

Interview with Avishai (in Hebrew) on Arutz Hidabrut

YouTube Video: Avishai operating Pulka

 

Avishai’s Talks and Performances:

  1. Workshop for Children: Telling Stories through Puppets
  2. Presentation for Adults: The Role of My Life – How I Found Myself Through Acting

Avishai’s Contact Information

Email: avshushkids@gmail.com        Cell/WhatsApp: +972 52-720-3793