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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 1 [ Kibbutz-bred choreographer dances back to Israel By Abigail Klein Leichman Five young dancers in striped pajamas entice viewers into the controversial cocoon of a kibbutz "children's house" in Neta Pulvermacher's Five Beds/Children of the Dream. The award-winning chore- ographer--a 1985 graduate of New York's prestigious Juilliard School and artistic director of the Neta Dance Company--says Five Beds is one of her best-known perfor- mance pieces and exemplifies the influence of her childhood on Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan in the Hula Valley. After many years on the New York stage, Pulverm- acher is returning to Israel as dean of dance of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She has grand plans for the small but venerable institu- tion, which this year will begin offering Israel's first master's degree program in dance. "My motto is 'Think global- ly and dance locally.' I'm wildly committed to that concept," shetells ISRAEL21c. At 53, she felt the time was right to take on a new chal- lenge in her homeland. "My son just finished col- lege and I got tenured at the University of Florida last year," she'says during a break in the university's summer Swamp Dance Fest, which she founded and directs. "My dad is 93 and still on the kibbutz, and I'm kind of feeling ifthereis ever the right time to go back home, it's now. And this is the right kind of position. There is a part of me that wants the deep connec- tion to my native language, land and people." The job will allow Pulver- reacher to pursue her many interests under one roof: teaching, dancing, creating, mentoring, "re-envisioning what dance could be or could mean in the 21st century, a way to engage with the world." The kibbutz atmosphere of simplicity, equality and personal freedom was an ideal breeding ground for Pulver- macher's talents in theater, imagination, music, science and math. "We made culture out of nothing," she recalls. "We would create from our own experiences. The use of every person's creative talents is something that we grew up with. Imagining a reality or an organization or a project and then figuring out how to make it happen was very much part of our education and our lives," she says. "Dance came into my life at 13 in Tel Hal, the dance school that I went to once a week and where I met my favorite teacher in the whole world, Ariela Peled." Pulvermacher recalls wait- ing all week for Peled's class. "That was the one afternoon where something else ruled-- beauty and music and feelings, a freedom to express in a differ- ent way. I was infected by this bug of creating something remarkable in every one of her classes." Peled, now 80, was also a major influence on Yair Vardi, founding director of Tel Aviv's acclaimed Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance. The studio in which she taught them has been preserved in the Tel Hal Museum. "Dance is part of the world and is a way to be in the world, and that was first introduced by her," says Pulvermacher. "I could probably have done a lot of other things but there was no question, from age 15, that this is what I wanted to do." Pulvermacher's works are often inspired by simple ob- jects such as origami (Fold, 2009), orchids (The Orchid Show, 2004), oranges (To Bite An Orange with its Peel, 1996) and buckets (2280 Pints!, 2011). She has collaborated with musicians and composers including fellow Israelis Miri Ben-Ari and David Broza, and founded the A.W.A.R.D. Show! (Artists With Audi- ences Responding To Dance), a national series taking place in Chicago, Seattle, New York and Philadelphia. Pulvermacher has choreo- graphed for Ballet Arizona, Ballet New England, Vertigo Dance Company, the Alvin Alley School, the American Dance Festival and nflmerous university dance programs. Her company has appeared at the Israel Festival and many other international arts festivals. She brings to the Jerusa- lem Academy her experience teaching at the University of Florida, Manhattanville College, Princeton Univer- sity, Barnard College and the Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts. Pulvermacher's leadership style is influenced by the kibbutz value that every act requires collaboration of ele- ments and people. "There is a sense of hu- manity to the way I approach everything I do, looking at my students and my dancers as equals. Even though I'm in aposition of authority, I look at it as a responsibility and not an entitlement," she says. Pulvermacher is intent on expanding the "Jerusalem conservatory's role in the Is- raeli and global dance scenes, pledging to make it a"vibrant meeting space." The dance department now has about 120 students, who may study classical ballet, mod- ern dance, improvisation, and movementand movement nota- tion, a field thatwas pioneered at the academy. It also has its own dance ensemble. Pqlvermacher hopes to expand enrollment "together with the faculty and by listening to the needs of the dance community," says. "I hope it becomes an in- quiry space for exploration, study and research, not just for Israel but worldwide. Jerusalem has that potential because it's Jerusalem." Article printed from IS- RAEL21c: Walk From page 1A someone was by themselves, they found a friend in Nancye." Kobrin tells an anecdote about a time "years ago" when they attended a local fund- raiser in honor of President Ronald Reagan. "Everyone was crowding around Reagan, trying to say hello," Harvey remembered. "It was Nancye's natural inclination to give him some space. Next thing we know, Reagan is leaving the crowd and comes over to say hello to us. Nancye had that kind of effect on people." Kobrin shared that Nan= cye's interpersonal skills helped her excel as a mother of a blended family of eight, an executive at Winter Park Federal Savings and Loan, and as a community leader. "Nancye was kind but very straightforward. She was HERITAGE offers The Financial Issue This Special Issue is full of features relating to financial issues affecting you and Central Florida. Your ad in this Special Section-will reach an audience of heads of households who are qualified business and professional people who have the income necessary to live well today and invest wisely tomorrow, Publication Date: October 11, 2013 Deadline: October 2, 2013 For information--Call 407-834-8787 above board in everything that she did," he said. Nancye Kobrin served as president of the Junior League of Greater Orlando, UCF's Town and Gown Coun- cil, and as a contributor and supporter of Orlando Health. In 2001 the generous couple donated $1 million dollars to "help build the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando. In 2006 Harvey and Nancy es- tablished the Kobrin Family Foundation to solidify their philanthropic pursuits. "Nancye was all about family," said Harvey. "She knew that family, and giving back were the only things that truly mattered." The couple married in 1978, Beth Ain From page 1A is to create better communi- ties through understanding, acceptance and cooperation. He lectures widely on inter- faith and diversity issues. An RSVP to Julia Lustig, education resource and fam- ily programming coordinator at Beth Am, at jalustigcba@ is necessary since sandwiches will be served. A holiday service will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. The week of activities continues on Thursday with the Beth Am Book and Movie Club meeting at 7 p.m. in the sukka, weather permitting. The Book of the Month for September is "Checkpoints" by Marilyn Levy. It is a heart-breaking story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seen through the eyes of real families. Rabbi Jack Reimer of the Jewish News Denver said of this book, "Marilyn Levy's thesis is that the world is not black & white, that while each side may believe that its cause is righteous, they can yet somehow listen to each other, and that if they do, peace is possible. ' There will b e a special Fam- ily Shabbat Bring-Your-Own dairy dinner in the sukka at 6:15 p.m. on Friday night, Sept. 20. All members of the community are invited to at'- tend and fulfill the mitzvah of having a meal in a sukka. A both for the second time. Their combined family, now made up of eight children and twenty-one grandchil- dren, reside from Orlando to Colorado, to New York. All 38 members of the im- mediate family reunite for the Thanksgiving holiday. About nine years ago Nancye was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Harvey cared for her in their Winter Park home for six years. When Nancye required more assistance, she moved into Spring Hills in Lake Mary, and then Serenades by So- nata, a memory care center in Longwood. While at Ser- enades, Harvey took note of the services of the Jewish Pavilion. "I have known the girls who started the Pavilion for years," he commented. "I met (Pavilion co-founder) Sheryl Meitin years ago. I walk with Barney Chepenik, husband of Claire (Pavilion co-founder), every morn- ing at 5:30 a.m." Harvey continued, "The Pavilion volunteers came for just a handful of Jewish resi- dents. Suddenly, a roomful of residents were provided with both companionship and Jewish experiences. You hear about these things, but when you see it firsthand, it makes a difference." For more information about the even, visit www. "kid-friendly" Family Shabbat Service will start at 7 p.m. High School students of Beth Am, their Jewish friends and any non-affiliated high- school students in the area will meet for lunch on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m. for Sushi in the Sukka. As with all of the week's activities and meals served in the sukka at Beth Am, the food will be in accordance with Jewish di- etary laws. Notify Julia Lustig at if you plan on attending. The week of Sukkot activi- ties at Beth Am concludes on Tuesday as the Beth Am Religious School classes in eastern Seminole County will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the sukka at the home of Phil and Sara Kaprow. Beth Am- students living in the Winter Springs, Oviedo and Casselberry areas can attend weekday religious school on Tuesdays at Fellow- ship Church in Casselberry andSunday school at BethAm in Longwood. Students who attend classes at the Kaprow's will geta chance to shake their lulav and etrog in the family's beautifully decorated sukka. For more information on all of the holiday activities and school calendar at Beth Am call the synagogue office at 407-862-3505 or go to the Beth Am web site at www. 279 685 143 364 527 918 432 791 856 368145 741 932 592786 915278 683491 274653 157869 836524 42931 7