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Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual Weekly Update 7/28/2020

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Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual Weekly Update 7/28/2020

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) WHEN THERE IS NO PANDEMIC at the Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 Dempster, Evanston IL.
(The following applies to our session when we are physically together again)
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.
  • Israeli Dance Beginners Virtual - Continues Wednesday Nights from 7-8PM
  • Save The Dates for Machol Merkaz 2020 - October 22-25/Worldwide Marathon 2!
  • Summary of Selected Upcoming Israeli Dance Events
  • Dances Taught on 7/23/20
  • Guide To:, Beth Emet, Contact Groups
Announcements/Personals, Etc.

Hey everyone!

OMG OMG! So, "South of the Border" is now in the books. What a night it was!  Thanks to all the leaders and all the participants!
For your viewing pleasure, here is the 5 hour recording. CID VIRTUAL - SOUTH OF THE BORDER
There were many highlights, including a surprise visit with Ariane Btl  (who apparently never sleeps!) but let me call your attention to roughly 30 minutes in for teaching and dancing with the incomparable Chen Blum. And then go about 1:34 in to see a delightful segment led by Uruguay's sweetheart, the amazing La Mona Myr. You will also find there a brief, but apparently humorous cameo by someone who will remain nameless. 😊
And please let me call your attention to about 3:55:16 in to yet another highlight, the segment with MajolMX.  They too were fantastic.  Actually, maybe you have to watch the whole session.  It was delightful.
We look forward to seeing you all this coming Thursday.  We were expecting a leadership appearance by our good friend and all around wonderful choreographer/dancer/good guy, 
Mitch Ginsburgh!  The bad news is that he took ill.  The good news is that he is recovering very nicely.  Mitch, we look forward to your joining us at another time.  Refu'a Shlema!

This week, we are very pleased to welcome our good friend and wonderful dance leader, Shira Schwartz as she joins us to lead a segment.  And of course we have for you various members of the CID-Virtual Project for your dancing pleasure!

Also, we look forward to Marcos Abulafia from Argentina teaching his new dance, Bat Shel Melech which he showed last week.  And we are also very happy that Daniela Welch will be with us to review her new line dance, Muchacha.  (links are below)

BTW, for those of you who will be observing Tisha B'av, we hope you will join us when you emerge from the holiday.

Thanks again to Pepe/MajolMX for the graphic here, and for amazing dancing last week!

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Program To Honor Yonatan Karmon z"l

Hey all, a few weeks ago at CID-Virtual, we participated in the initiative mentioned below.  Here is the video we made: Haro'a Haktana - Danced at CID - Virtual on 7/2

It is almost time for the actual program that we hope our video will be part of.  Here is the trailer for what looks to be like a lovely event and a highly polished professional production.  Trailer.  The event is scheduled for Sunday, August 2 at 10AM Chicago time on Zoom and Youtube.  Here is the join info:

Join Zoom Meeting:
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 946 3549 8561
Passcode: 899936
YouTube: YouTube Link

"Hello Phil,
Subject: Dancing “Ha'Roa’a Ha’Ktana”, for Yonatan Karmon
To dance leaders throughout the world - CIOFF ® Israel and “Rokdim-Nirkoda” magazine invite you to take part in an online event in memory of Yonatan Karmon (July 28, 1931 - February 6, 2020) that will take place on Sunday, August 2, 2020 on Zoom and on YouTube. Mark the date and time: Israel time: 6 PM; USA – East Coast time: 11 AM; USA - West Coast time: 8 AM

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Looking forward to seeing you all Thursday night.
Be safe
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At Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual, you'll have noticed greater participation from Chicago leaders.  We'll still have a great mix of dances as chosen by all our national and international leaders, but more of the dances will be known to those who dance with us in Chicago.  Penny will continue to lead classic/beginner dances starting at 7PM Central time.  Oldies will be sprinkled throughout the program, rather than in a dedicated set.

And speaking of beginners:  BEGINNERS VIRTUAL SESSION - in other great news, Penny is continuing her beginner's virtual session that she started on April 29th.  It runs from 7-8PM Central Time!  Please spread the word! zoom link  or ID=834 2711 4296 pswd = Mayim
This week's shout outs: To all of you.  Wishing you health and safety!
  • I cannot ever say it enough.  Huge thanks to all the leaders (and participants) who make Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual so wonderful and special each week! Kol Hakavod!!!
    Thanks again to Chen for honoring us with your presence and doing such a great job!
    Thanks to all the leaders who made our "South Of the Border" program FANTSTICO!

    Thanks to Hillary for the cool "We're All In This Together" graphic!
    Refu'a shlema to Charlie Rodin, and best wishes to the whole family!  So glad to hear that he is making great progress.
    Refu'a shlema to Mitch Ginsburgh who is recovering well from recent surgery.

    To all those who have made financial contributions to this CID  Virtual project, thank 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.  😥😥😥
What you Need to Know About This Week's Virtual Session (7/30/20)
URL: Or if you log in from the app, Meeting ID: 984 989 870 pswd if needed: cats

Here's the plan/schedule/hope:

7PM:         Classic Israeli dances presented by Penny

7:30PM:    Segments led by the rest of the CID - Virtual  including: Stuart, Shira, Deb, Nina, Gabi, and Aaron. 

Latishya, Rina R., and Sarah, will be on LOA but will be back soon.  😊

BTW, this week's homework also includes Muchacha, a new line dance created by Daniela Welch (Carina's daughter) and danced with MajolMX.  Here is the video.

And this new circle dance, Bat Shel Melech, by Marcos Abulafia from Argentina.  Here is the video.

We'll continue until 11:30 or so
We'll take schmooze breaks between segments.  And we'll also try getting to requests as well.
A few reminders:
  • mute yourself when you are not talking. 
  • open the chat window as soon as you get in the room so you can reach out publicly and/or privately. And enable yourself for closed captioning.  We post the dances being played both in CC and the chat...
  • please please please open your video if at all possible.  So much of this whole endeavor is about community and being togethe Even if you don't dance, it is way better when we can all see each other.
If you can't log in, go to the end of this post to see my approach to communicating with everyone.
If you feel like making a financial contribution to help support this endeavor, you can use PayPal or Chase Quickpay (Zelle) ( or Venmo (PhilipBMoss)
Order T-shirts Here
On behalf of our entire team, thanks so much for participating and being part of our virtual community at this time.
Be Safe,
Phil Moss
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When there is plenty of time, I send you newsletters through this  And I update this website,
My fastest and easiest (and INTERACTIVE) way to communicate is via our Facebook group, Chicago Israeli Folk Dancing.
And also, for brief text messages, I use our WhatsApp group. (If you want to be added, please send me a message on WhatsApp to 3125198669.)
So please keep these tools in mind when you look for information from me.  To reach me, please use my email address or my cell (located in the flyer at the top of the newsletter.)
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Find Out How To Order The 24 Hour Worldwide Israeli Dance Marathon Commemorative T-Shirt!
Order Your T-Shirt Here Using This Link!

Hello Israeli Dancers from around the world!  What a thrill it was to dance with you during the first ever 24 Hour Worldwide Israeli Dance Marathon, which was held on April 13-14, 2020. Thank you for being part of this global community.  And thanks to those of you who made contributions to the charities selected by the marathon leaders.

As a charitable follow-on, and for some additional fun, we are very pleased to offer you this opportunity to order the 24 Hour Worldwide Israeli Dance Marathon t-shirt.  With your purchase, not only will you be getting a nice keepsake, you will also be helping the World Health Organization (WHO) as it combats the pandemic.  We’re looking forward to seeing lots of you wearing this shirt in one of the upcoming dance sessions!

These most excellent t-shirts are made-to-order (in your selected size, color, and t-shirt style). It takes between 7 and 14 business days after a campaign closes for shirts to arrive. By the way, Bonfire, our awesome vendor, CAN SHIP INTERNATIONALLY, so be the first one in your village to get this great shirt.

The campaign has reopened.  It will take 7-14 days from the next campaign end date for delivery. 

Please share this message with others. This offer is open to the Worldwide Israeli Dance community, and for anyone who wants to participate in our fundraiser!

(PLEASE NOTE that the proceeds will flow through Machol Merkaz and then be gifted directly to WHO)



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How To Order Our Way Cool T-shirt: Chicago Israeli Dancing - We Dance Virtually Anywhere
Be the first one on your block to get yours! (Even if you don’t see anyone on your block.) 😀😀😀
Courtesy of ‎Carol Lezberg Neiger‎

Hi everyone. As well all now know, painfully too well, the ever-changing developments related to the Coronavirus have been devastating and challenging for all of us. Businesses and communities around the world have had to change plans, close-up shop, cancel events, work from home, etc.
In an effort to keep us all safe, and still together virtually, Chicago Israeli Dancing has begun to hold its weekly Thursday night session via Zoom conferencing. By all accounts, our, inaugural session on March 19th and follow up on March 26th were great successes. People were thrilled just to “be with each other,” to interact, lift their spirits, and to get their Israeli dance fix. So we plan to keep it going.
And to add some additional fun, as well as to support our camp, Machol Merkaz (which we are praying to be able to conduct starting on October 22), we are very pleased to offer you this opportunity to order our new Chicago Israeli Dancing T-shirt.
With your purchase, not only will you be getting a nice keepsake, you will also be helping people to participate in our great camp, whenever we will be able to conduct it. (You can be sure that the need for scholarship assistance will jump dramatically this year.) In addition, we’re looking forward to seeing lots of you wearing this shirt in one of our upcoming dance sessions!
These t-shirts are made-to-order (in your selected size, color, and t-shirt style). It takes between 7 and 14 business days after a campaign closes for shirts to arrive.The campaign has reopened.  You will receive your shirt  7-14 days from the end of the current campaign. 
Please share this message with others. This offer is open to the world-wide Israeli Dance community who we now welcome as members of Chicago Israeli Dancing – Virtual. 📷
Thanks in advance and stay safe.
Phil Moss and Penny Brichta (session leaders), Carol Neiger (Marketing Director

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Hey fellow dance organizers, if you would like me to publicize your Israeli dance events on my website, it would be my pleasure. Send me a jpg and the details. Milwaukee, St. Louis, Indianapolis, etc?  Go for it!
As an example, this just in from the twin cities:
Israeli dance Zoom session with Shira Schwartz, from the Twin Cities, Minnesota. We dance on Sundays from 6:30 - 8:30 Central. All are welcome!

We will start with some easier/classic dances. Then Shira, this week, will teach. After that's done (about 7:00), we just play the music and dance till the end.

Here is the Zoom info (no password needed): Twin Cities Sunday Night Zoom
Looking forward to another great week!  CYA on the dance floor.
Israeli Dance Beginners Virtual - Wednesday Nights From 7-8PM Central Time
Save the Dates For Machol Merkaz 2020/Worldwide Marathon 2!
OCTOBER 22-25,2020

FYI, we are still hoping that it will be safe enough to offer Machol Merkaz in person.  But regardless, please save October 24, 2020 in your calendar.  We plan to conduct Worldwide Marathon 2 either at camp, or wherever we happen to be!  Stay tuned for more info
Summary of Selected Upcoming Israeli Dance Events
Check out the SELECTED DANCE EVENTS section of the website for the info.
And for a global view:
From Aura's Israeli Dance Camps
From Colin Worldwide Israeli Dancing Events
Dances Taught on 7/23/20 - Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual
Ivdu Et Adonai Besimcha - Chen Blum - circle video
Muchacha - Daniela Welch - line video
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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