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Chicago Israeli Dancing Weekly Update 3/31/2020 - VIRTUAL DANCE THIS WEEK!

Chicago Israeli Dancing Weekly Update 3/31/2020 - VIRTUAL DANCE THIS WEEK!

Open to all and led by Phil Moss and Penny Brichta, Chicago's (and one of the nation's) longest running Israeli dance group meets Thursday nights (except for holidays) at the Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 Dempster, Evanston IL.
Teaching - 7:30 Beginners/Repertoire; 8:15-9 General; 9-11:30 Requests
Cost: $10 (unless special occasion)
Info:  847.274.1809
Machol Merkaz 2020 -  October 22-25!!!  We'll let you know when registration is open.
In This Issue
  • Announcements/Personals Etc.
  • Save The Dates for Machol Merkaz 2020 - October 22-25
  • Summary of Selected Upcoming Israeli Dance Events
  • Dances Taught on 3/26/20
  • Greater Chicago Jewish Festival Featuring David Broza and 613 on June 7, 2020
  • Guide To:, Beth Emet, Contact Groups
Announcements/Personals, Etc.
Hi Everyone,
We had a great virtual session last week.  Thanks to all who joined.  Can't wait till Thursday!!
The Corona Virus and Its Impact on Chicago Israeli Dancing
For the most part, as I look around the country, and the world for that matter, almost all sessions have cancelled.  So, we're now looking forward to our third ever virtual dance on 4/2/20. (Meeting details are above).

Speaking of the virus, here are a few videos for your viewing pleasure 😉😉
Marsh Family Spoof Of One Day More

Sha'arei Tzedek Medical Center - Jerusalem
My Corona (In Hebrew)
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In the coming attractions department, save the dates of April 13-14th.  Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual will host a "Worldwide Israeli Dance Marathon - The 24 Hours of Israeli Dance."  More to come on this exciting event!

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I'd like to share a few videos now that have recently come my way:
The first is from Galit who shared this inspirational video of a virtual Israeli Dance festival performance from Mexico Anajnu Veatem
And then this from Vered Negbi:
"Hi Phil,
I hope things are going well for you in these crazy days.  I continue to get your emails, remembering our meeting in Chicago long time ago when I joined your dancing session once.

I'm doing well so far.  On a break from learning how to be a teacher of Israeli folk dancing!
During the course we had 2 assignments and I decided to prepare videos for them.  Maybe now you guys have more time to watch them (both in hebrew)... 
[The first is a look at Israeli dancing in Israeli today and how we got there.  The second is a tribute to Tuvia Tischler. If you go 7:21 in on this one, you'll see a dance called Od Yagi'a Yom that I never got around to teaching but liked it a lot when I learned it. Phil]
Miss you guys.

Say hello to everyone online (I'm working online when you have your virtual sessions so I cannot join).

Stay strong. Hope to see you soon dancing.

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This week's shout outs: 
  • To all of you.  Wishing you health and safety!
  • Well, clearly the first shout out goes to the members of the awesome Chicago Israeli Dance Virtual Team - Rina Rinkewich, Stuart Meyer, Penny Brichta, Nina Lusterman, Aaron Alpert, and Latishya Steele.  You guys chose and delivered a wonderful program to a very appreciative crowd that peaked at 172 participants!  Kol Hakavod to all of you and thanks so much.
  • And next to Carol Neiger who created our way cool t-shirt ( Order T-shirts Here).  Orders are coming in from all over.  Thanks so much to you!!!
  • And of course to Ariane Butel from Paris, our guest choreographer.  It was wonderful having you with us.  You added so much.  And I can't believe you stayed with us until something like 3am your time.  Thank you so much!
  • To all the participants from near and far (including Nuchi from Israel and Martin and Judy from Australia).  Thank you for joining us.
  • To all those who have made financial contributions to this project, than you very much.  So appreciated (Those of you who would like to contribute may do so by sending to: Venmo (PHILIPBMOSS) or Paypal or Zelle -
  • Check out Selected Dance Events section on to see various updates including the latest cancellations.  😥😥😥
  • Check out the ADVERTS section on to see a casting call from "Marriage At First Sight", an announcement from Yaron Meishar about online access to Nirkoda Magazine which includes an extensive article about Moshe Eskayo and more.  If you are on Facebook, you may be able to find the article at this link: Rokdim Eskayo Article
  • Look in the Selected Dance Events section for info about Isradance Tour 2020 organized by Chen Blum
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Hey fellow dance organizers, if you would like me to publicize your Israeli dance events on website, it would be my pleasure. Send me a jpg and the details. Milwaukee, St. Louis, Indianapolis, etc?  Go for it!
Looking forward to another great week!  CYA on the dance floor.
Save the Dates For Machol Merkaz 2020
OCTOBER 22-25,2020

Summary of Selected Upcoming Israeli Dance Events
Check out the SELECTED DANCE EVENTS section of the website for the info.  The list has just been updated to include Balev Patuach in CA in May, and Chen Blum's Isradance Tour 2020
And for a global view:
From Aura's Israeli Dance Camps
From Colin Worldwide Israeli Dancing Events
Dances Taught on 3/26/20 - Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual
Choshev Alei'a - Ariane Butel - Circle video
Bat Li Pitom - Dror Davidi & Gadi Bitton - Circle video
Greater Chicago Jewish Festival Featuring David Broza and 613 on June 7, 2020 (LOOK FOR AN IMPORTANT UPDATE IN ABOUT A WEEK)

Guide To, Beth Emet, Contact Groups
Here is a guide to the site (which I continually update):
  • HOME - announcements, news, and background info 
  • ABOUT - our flyer and the previous week's playlist
  • DANCES TAUGHT - dances taught during the last two weeks, the video reference section for dances that have been taught over time in our session, and dances that have been presented at various camps and workshops
  • MACHOL MERKAZ - special section devoted to our camp of the same name, and the playlists from camp
  • CHICAGO/MIDWEST - info about Israeli dance sessions here and "nearby"
  • DANCE EVENTS - promotional info for miscellaneous upcoming Israeli Dance events
  • ADVERTS (a nod to our British webmaster) - Local/Regional/ Other ads from the community
See the home page on the web-site for important information on:
Chicago Israeli Dancing  |  822 Westwood Lane  |  Wilmette, IL 60091  |!/groups/chicagoisraelidancing/
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