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The Catalog

All sessions are offered in both Hebrew and English

During the 70 years of the state and even before, poets and lyric writers were pushing envelopes too far by the standard of others. The authorities exercised censorship and banned these works from the radio and other venues. What are those censored poems and songs? Wha...

Not until I have started my research for these sessions, did I notice how many Israeli songs and poems use the imperative! ציווי   form, telling readers and listeners what to do and even more strongly what not to do.

This session will explore some of these “command...

The Aliya experience is probably the most popular venue of becoming an Israeli. We are after all, a nation of immigrants and descendants of immigrants.

In this session we will listen to poets and lyric writers who instruct new immigrants how to stop being who they are,...

The Holocaust and the creation of the state of Israel are probably the most important historical milestones in modern Jewish history. The main focus of this session is to explore the ways Israeli society deals with the Shoa as a significant influence on who we are and...

Since the mass immigration waves of the 50th, Israeli literature is addressing the issues of Jews from Moslem countries and their integration into its society. The long way, from their early marginalized situation to the assumption of empowered strong voices of the pre...

This Session explores the images of the Arab in modern Israeli literature. Arabs have been portrayed in Israeli literature from the very early days of the first Aliya. Their image constantly changing from romantic biblical figures to suspicious enemies and all the way...

Emile Habibi had been for many years, until his death in 1996, a leading literary voice of the Arab population in Israel. He often found himself at a point of crossfire being criticized by both Jews and Arabs for what each side had called: disloyalty. Maybe this is the...

This session combines Israeli literary works of both Jews and Arabs. We shall explore images of Arabs in Jewish Israeli literature. We will then juxtapose them with Arab Israeli literary works depicting a society in which they feel often disenfranchised.

Poems of Yehuda...

This newly added session is a compilation of women's poetry from most of the other sessions in the catalog, with a few new additions. We will be looking at poems of women expressing their nuanced connection to the land of Israel, offering their unique way of reading To...

The session invites participants to explore a generational development of Israeli children literature.

From the early pre-state years to the present, talented Israeli poets and authors have created a treasure of stories and poems dealing with all aspects of life in Isra...

Hebrew is the language of Israel, Arabic also, officially. Yet in the background, the sounds of old country languages keep humming.

Yiddish, Yemenite, Hungarian, Arabic and Spanish, each still reverberating in dreams, hushed voices, longing as well as outspoken rebellio...

For many, so called, “secular Israelis”, singalongs have come to replace prayer. On days of commemoration, celebrations of family and life cycle events, as well as public ceremonies – Israelis sing. This session will include an in-depth study of the lyrics alongside th...

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