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Israeli Art and Culture Salon Series

Sunday, June 2 | 5:00-7:00PM | Location given upon registration

In this six-part salon series, BJ members will get to meet some of the most promising Israeli artists working in New York today. These musicians, visual artists, singers, and actors will perform in an intimate, home setting, drawing on an overarching theme that will shed new light on Israeli arts and culture. The series is curated by BJ’s music director Dan Nadel, and facilitated by BJ’s shaliah Moshe Samuels.

Featured Guests: Musician Or Bareket and writer Hila Amit

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About Or Bareket:

Born in Jerusalem and raised in Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv, Or Bareket is currently one of the most in-demand and versatile bassists in the NYC jazz scene. Winner of the 1st prize at the International Society of Bassists’ jazz competition in 2011, Or’s diverse heritage is clearly present in his playing. His approach to improvisation is informed by Mediterranean, Latin American, and North African folklore, all interpreted through his lifelong study and appreciation of the American Jazz tradition. Since moving to New York in 2010, Bareket has performed, recorded, and toured with a wide array of artists all over the world. Or’s debut recording as a leader, OB1, was released on Fresh Sound New Talent in the fall of 2017, and his sophomore album is set for release in the spring of 2019. Or is an alum of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, a multiple-time recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship for outstanding performers, as well as the Eubie Blake Fellowship. He has participated in Betty Carter’s “Jazz Ahead” at the Kennedy center, the Steans Institute Ravinia Workshop, and the Banff Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music.


About Hila Amit:

Author Hila Amit was born in Israel in 1985. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. Her first fiction book, Moving On From Bliss (Tel-Aviv: Am Oved, 2016), was awarded the Israeli Ministry of Culture Prize for Debut Authors.

About Moving On From Bliss: Dana, a single mother, and Mounir, a young Palestinian from Nablus, meet in a restaurant in a shabby Tel Aviv neighborhood where they both work. A warm father-daughter relationship grows between Mounir, who is gay, and Dana’s little girl Natalie. When Mounir travels to Canada for medical treatment and decides to live there, Dana follows him, leaves Natalie with him, and returns to Israel. Mounir and his partner bring Natalie up, and an unusual family is formed. Joumana, an Arab doctor living in Tel Aviv with her Jewish partner, leaves the city when her father dies, and goes back to her parents’ home in Umm al-Fahm. Once again she confronts what made her leave her conservative family—not only her desire to study, but also her sexual identity. Her father’s death frees her from his tyranny and heals her relationship with her mother, her sisters, and elder brother. A girl who is estranged from her strict, taciturn mother falls in love with Oshri, a neighbor, and decides to move in with her. In Oshri’s home she finds an alternative family, and in Oshri’s mother a loving substitute for her own. Jewish Adele is attracted to Tahrir, an Arab girl and the daughter of a well-known crime family, who lives near her in Jaffa. The forbidden, the alien, and the dangerous all become more familiar in this and other stories in this collection. Amit depicts gays, lesbians, Arabs, and other marginalized characters. There is much courage and talent in this book—the courage to take on big subjects, and the talent to write about them in an original way.


Interested in hosting one of these fabulous salons? Please contact Moshe Samuels.


This event is in collaboration with the American-Israeli Culture Foundation (AICF).