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CID Virtual As Of 4/27/21 Weekly Update; CID Live on 5/2
7PM Central Time Start.  
Zoom Link
867 8010 0439  PSWD = 376030

Special thanks to our incredible young friend Marina from Brazil.  See more below in the recordings section.  And we look forward to welcoming our friend and special guest this week, Marcelo Marianoff from Argentina.  (Look for him around 10:30PM Central time.) 

Can't wait for this Thursday's session when we will have almost the entire CID team back in action, AND SPECIAL GUEST FROM ARGENTINA, MARCELO MARIANOFF!!  We will also have two very nice dances reviewed from last week.  The first will be the new hot dance Resisim which yours truly predicted weeks ago would take the Israeli Dance world by storm.  So join Rina for the review some time after 7:45PM.  Here is your homework:  Resisim  Later, Marcelo, some time around 10:30, will review a lovely dance by Dudu Barzilay and Yitzik Ben-Dahan called Nedivim from 2011 that we missed in Chicago.  Nedivim
Of course, please join us for at 7PM Central for Penny's Beginners/Oldies set.  Following will be our fantastic friend from Paris, Ariane (who always deserves a special mention).  And then the rest of the team as shown in the pictures below. 
CID OUTSIDE - We are beginning to see more and more things opening up here in Chicago and around the country.  We started dancing physically together outside two weeks ago!!!  It was truly amazing and so well received.  Enjoy these video snippets to get a tiny sense of the experience.  CID Outside - Video 1  CID - Outside Video 2  CID - Outside Video 3 (some find this last one to be remarkable for some reason but I am not sure why 😂😂😂) AND HERE IS THE "SURVIVORS PICTURE" from two weeks ago.

We have the positive news that you have been "dying to hear." 😀 With huge thanks to Iris and David Jacobson, we will dance again in the parking lot of Chicago Jewish Funerals in Skokie on Sunday, May 2 from 3-5PM.  (We had lots of fun on April 25 even though it was in the 40s.)  8851 SKOKIE BOULEVARD SKOKIE, ILLINOIS 60077.  Waze Link
David is making this venue available at no charge, for which we are so very grateful.  If you would like to make a contribution in his honor, here is his recommended charity.
As has been the plan all along, MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED both for dancing and hanging around.  Bring your own chair.  Bring your own water.  Bring layers (although the latest forecast sounds promising).  Bring shoes that will give you cushioning and not too much traction.  There will be bathroom access but please don't plan on hanging out in the building.
BTW, vaccinations will not be required, but are of course preferable.  Masks and distancing are required (in case you didn't hear me the first time 😀).  Hugging will be permitted by hopefully vaccinated/consenting adults.  ❤   But we will be distancing when we dance.  Please make sure that you "dance defensively."
Also, by attending this session, you are expressly agreeing to hold harmless Chicago Jewish Funerals and their staff, Penny Brichta and Phil Moss for any damages due to injury or illness that might result from your participation.
While I will not be charging a fixed amount, I will leave a box on my table so you can pay what you want.  Or you can use: Direct PayPal Link or Chase Quickpay (Zelle) ( or Venmo (PhilipBMoss - phone last 4: 8669)
My plan is to focus mostly on our pre-pandemic circle/lines repertoire.  I will sprinkle in some of the hits from this past year too.  If you have requests, please use the Request Web Page Link to submit them.  (but wait until after our Thursday session before you enter Sunday requests please)
Please make sure to watch our Chicago Israeli Dancing FB group, but especially make sure to join/watch our WhatsApp group Chicago Israeli Dancing  (Invitation to CID WhatsApp Group) for any last minute communications (including cancellation should the need arise).  Please spread the word.
We will take this week to week and see how things go.  If it is successful, let's plan on doing this next week too, same time same place.
Again Jacobsons, thanks so much!
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday in person!!!
Phil and Penny

Our WhatsApp Group
I have started to use our WhatsApp Group, Chicago Israeli Dancing, more frequently - especially for time-critical communications.  As an example, if we are able to dance outside, I will post the info there and will provide updates as needed.  Chicago folks especially, I strongly encourage you to join the group.  Of course, if you are not on WhatsApp yet, this is a prerequisite for joining the group.  Once you are on WhatsApp, here is your invitation to join the group WhatsApp Invitation

Our amazing Carol, has relaunched the t-shirt campaign for those who would like to order one.  
Order Here
If you feel like helping to support CID Virtual financially, you can use PayPal Direct Paypal Link or Chase Quickpay (Zelle) ( or Venmo (PhilipBMoss - phone last 4: 8669)
Looking forward to seeing you all this week.
In this issue:
  • The Plan
  • Last Week 4/15 (and recordings)
  • Personals/Shout Outs
  • Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual (Local)
  • Machol Merkaz
  • Publicizing Your Dance Events on
  • Report on La Mona Myr's Riku meshuGAME Episode 4
  • May 1, 2021 - Kochavim and Yad Beyad Zoom Camp
  • Ilai's Harkalive
  • Marcelo's Classes
Be safe,
The Plan
7PM - Penny starts off with a half hour of beginners/classics.
7:30 - Sets led by Ariane, Rina R, Barb , Denis, Nina, Penny, Sarah, Marcelo, Ilan and Mayla/Lauren/ Bennett

Finishing around 11:30PM

Team members on LOA this week: Stuart, Gabi, Latishya, Aaron and Deb.  Looking forward to your returns! 

Finishing around 11:30PM

Team members on LOA this week: Stuart, Gabi, Barb, Latishya, Aaron and Deb.  Looking forward to your returns! 
This Week's Teachers:

Last Week April 22 (and recordings)
Yet another wonderful session last week.  Many thanks to "Nieta" Marina from Brazil for joining us!  You can find her set around 1:48  in.

Speaker View
Gallery View

Six weeks ago we had an unbelievable celebration of our zoom anniversary. Yay team 😁😁
Go about 30 minutes in to find Ariane's teaching of Ilai Szpiezacks's Lecha Dodi.  Speaker View  Gallery View
Rina R
Personals/Shout Outs
Big thanks to Marina for dancing with us last week.  You continue to amaze!!!
Refua shlema, speediest of recoveries, and the best of wishes to our own Stuart Meyer as he recovers from a foot injury! ❤❤
Kol Hakavod to Rina and Stuart for teaching last week.

Big thanks to Denis, Lucas and Bruno  for being a part of the Brazilian Invasion from two weeks ago!
Big thanks to Rachael and Ben for this little guy: ❤❤❤

Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual (Local)
The Tuesday night session under the leadership of Penny Brichta has expanded to 3 segments.  Starting at 6:30, Penny teaches Beginner Basics, aimed at newer dancers and those who want more instruction.  The goal is for dancers to more easily transition to Beginners and More which runs from 7-8.  During Beginners and More, Penny teaches as well as calls steps from dances previously introduced in the session.  From 8 until 9, the Chicago Virtual Local Team takes over with one teach of a more advanced dance followed by dancing led by the local team.  
Link for all sessions:    Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 834 2711 4296 Passcode: Mayim
Thanks! Penny
Please spread the word! 
Machol Merkaz
Publicizing Your Israeli Dance Events on
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, in the adverts section too, this just in from the Twin Cities:
Israeli dance Zoom session with Shira Schwartz, from the Twin Cities, Minnesota. We dance on Sundays from 6:00 - 8:45 Central.  All are welcome!  Shira will teach/review one or two dances for the first half hour. Then, from about 6:30 to about 8:00 we do circle dances. For the rest of the evening we switch to partner dances. We also plan on a monthly Special Partner Dance workshop on a Saturday from 5:30 - 7:30, with dates to be announced.
Here is the link:  zoom link  Meeting ID: 831 0590 8998 Passcode: MNRoked
Look for new updates from Cleveland and Denver too.
And please check out this link to the Adverts section on  Aura Levin Lipski has a new place for you to post information about your business.  And find other goodies there too!
Report on La Mona Myr's Riku meshuGAME Episode 4
Congratulations to Tamir and La Mona on a wonderful Episode 4!!!  And the official results are in.  Tamir dominated and has qualified to return for the Challenge of the Champions (whenever that happens). 

Check out these recordings for yourself to enjoy the funEpisode 4 Speaker View   Episode 4 Gallery View 
May 1, 2021 - Kochavim and Yad Beyad Zoom Camp
Kochavim Yad Beyad registration:
Kochavim Yad Beyad swag:

Ilai's Harkalive
HARKALIVE is an international community of Israeli Dancing (and soon other dance styles!) with live and on-demand classes on a subscription model.
The platform is like a kind of Netflix but for dance. All members of Harkalive can join any of the weekly live sessions and have access to a library of over 40 hours of on-demand content including:
  • Past sessions recordings 
  • Playlists, music, and videos of new dances
  • Interviews with other choreographers
  • Community Whatsapp group
  • Special events 
Here is the link to the website
Live sessions are Mondays at 6.30 pm (Eastern time) General Level with Marina Halsman, Wednesdays at 2:30 pm (Eastern time) General level with Ilai Szpiezak, and Thursdays at 3:00 pm (Eastern time) Beginners with Ilai Szpiezak. 
The idea is that if someone signs up, they can join any classes they want without spending anything more and we are able to support teachers to work while dancers can enjoy great dancing. 
Dance should be available to everyone regardless of the location, level, and schedule and have the possibility to enjoy a great new way of dancing together.
Website | Facebook 
Marcelo's Classes
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