Avigayle Adler – Jewish Arts Educator

Avigayle Adler is the founding director of the Open Studio in Jerusalem. She has been teaching art and creativity since she was in high school. She has a MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University and is a graduate of the Pardes Educators’ Program.

Avigayle Adler

Avigayle made aliya from Denver, Colorado seven years ago and has been running the Open Studio every since. She has been an artist-in-residence at several summer camps, seminary programs and museums throughout the United States and Israel. Avigayle has been awarded the distinction of Oman Mitztayen, or “Outstanding Artist” by the ministry of absorption and highlighted in Celebrating 70 Extraordinary Women of Israel in The Times of Israel.

Avigayle specializes in mosaics, glass painting and paper-cutting, but her true talents lie in helping to bring out the inner-artist in each child and adult she works with.



Ariel Lazarus – Ladino Musician, Composer and Lecturer

Ariel Lazarus

Ariel Lazarus is a unique voice among Israeli composers today. Brought up in a family with Jewish musical roots (Hazannut) both in Gibraltar and Westphalia, he began composing and playing the guitar in his teens, and has been committed to developing his own compositional language ever since, always maintaining an open dialogue with his traditions.

​Ariel’s symphonic works where premiered by the Israeli Ra’anana Symphony Orchestra , and his chamber works by various performers in Germany, USA, France, Luxemburg, Hungary Gibraltar and Israel.
Ariel’s recordings where released by the German based label “SmoothFactor” and recieved critical acclaim by various News Papers, TV and Radio shows (Haaretz, IBA, KAN Tarbut, 88 FM, Neue Westfalishe etc)

Currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Bar Ilan University, Ariel studied composition with Prof. Gideon Lewensohn and Prof. Betty Olivero and conducted research under the supervision of Prof. Edwin Seroussi from the Hebrew University. Ariel has received diplomas in classical guitar performance and composition from the Oklahoma City University where he studied with American composer Dr. Edward Knight.

Ariel currently holds a position as music lecturer at the Academic College for Music Education “Givat Washington”, and the “Rimon School of Music” . Ariel is the musical director of the Israeli Ladino Orchestra. He performs concerts worldwide and gives master classes.

​Ariel is married to Yamit and father to Uri, Emily and Agam.

Yahav Kriti – Chef

Chef Yahav Kriti has always loved both performing and food. During a stint as a entertainer in Eilat, he found himself following the chef trying to learn as much as he could. It was then that he decided to combine his two great passions: showmanship and food.

Yahav never wanted to be a chef hidden in the kitchen without any connection to his customers or diners. So, after training to in the Culinary Arts at the Tadmor School in Tel Aviv, he created “Chef on Wheels” – (“Chef al Galgalim“) – which travels around Israel and the world bringing fun, tasty culinary events to large and small groups. His events mix humor with culinary expertise and interactivity, creating a fun and exciting experience for all.

Sheva Chaya Shaiman – Kabbalah Artist and Glass Blower

Light, color, joy, and depth define the work of Tzfat glass blower and painter, Sheva Chaya Shaiman. Her vibrant art enlivens her beautiful and popular gallery in Tzfat’s Artist Quarter, where she shares her story, artistic process, and unique insights with thousands of visitors from around the world each year.

Sheva Chaya works in the media of borosilicate glass and watercolor paint. Her art touches on themes of the Land of Israel, Jewish women, Torah and Kabbalah, great mystics, music, and inner light. Sheva Chaya loves to meet new people and share her work.

Sheva Chaya originated in Denver, Colorado where wide open skies and the majestic Rocky Mountains inspired her to begin her career in art. She studied at Princeton University, majoring in visual art and art history, with a concentration in painting. After graduating from Princeton in 1997, Sheva Chaya immigrated to Israel. There, the land, the people, and a rich tradition of spiritual teachings have infused a greater depth to her work.

Sheva Chaya’s artwork attracts art enthusiasts from all four corners of the Earth, and has been featured in several International magazines. She leads various workshops and retreats, and teaches both painting and glassblowing.

You can learn more about Sheva Chaya’s beautiful work on her website or her Facebook feed.