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Residents To Perform At Israel Folkdance Festival


Brookline will be well represented by 26 participants at this year’s Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston.

Nine of the 23 performing groups have dancers from Brookline. Orlee Bracha, Maya Kushner and Alissa Rogozin are members of Kahol Lavan, a children’s dance group based in Brookline. Alissa will also perform with Ma’adanim, as will Josie Kamens.

Ori Levy will dance with Pninim, of Temple Emeth of South Brookline. Florence Liang will perform with Katzefet, a teen group. Kate Cutler, Hallie Gauch and Elena Rosenzweig will dance with Kesem, a dance group of the Rashi School. Laura Friedman, Isabelle Muncey and Jaclyn Solovey are dancers with Kesheroked, a Newton-based children’s group.

Eliora Ancowitz, Alanna Baker, Yakira Engelhart, Alma Kreiman-Leader, Hadas Leibowitz, Maya Nahmias, Rose Nahmias and Libby Sivan are members of Shemesh, a dance group of JCDS,Boston’s Jewish Community Day School.

Ruty Bakor, Anat Beck-Nachtigal, Lianne Gross, Nomie Turnbull and Amalia Safer will perform with Shiluv dance group, of Newton, which is presenting a “swing-hora,” a genre new to the Festival. Safer will also dance with Besamim dancers.

In addition to performing on stage, Gross, Safer and Turnbull are leaders of children’s groups which will also be performing at the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston. Brookline residents Susan Gruber and Ira Vishner are members of the Israel Folkdance Festival Coordinating Committee, which meets throughout the year to plan this annual event.
The Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston brings together dancers from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since its inception in 1977, the festival has sought to promote Israeli folk dancing in Boston and to provide dancers with the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas. This year’s performance marks 41 years of the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston celebrating Jewish and Israeli dance in all its forms.

This year’s performance of the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston will take place at 3 p.m. March 26 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge. The festival will feature a range of Israeli dance styles. Cost: $17; $20 at the door. Group discounts are available in advance. Rush tickets are $5 for college students with an ID on the day of the festival, as available.

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