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The Arts & Torah Conference for Women, 2008/5769

November 7-10, 2008 ~ Parshas Lech Lecha ~ The Yahrtzeit of Rachel Imenu
Schedule of Events (subject to change)

Shabbat, Nov 7-8: Brooklyn Shabbaton

Candle Lighting, Parshas Lech Lecha — 4:27pm
Oneg/Tish, Home Hospitality, Socializing, Torah, Chassidut, and Music.
Havdalah — 5:30/5:56pm

Motzei Shabbat, Nov 8: Shir LaMaalote III — 8:30pm

Professional Women’s Music & Dance Performance
Old Stuyvesant High School, 345 East 15th Street (between 1st and 2nd)
Union Square subway station (4/5/6/N/R/L)
Art Vendors & CD Sales Beginning 7:30pm

Program includes performers from across the world, featuring…
  • Chanale Fellig, Songwriter, New York
  • Koleinu, Dance Troupe, Toronto
  • Canfei Ruach: Tirtza Singer & Channa Jaffe, Harp & Piano, Israel…
  • Bracha Adrezin, Opera, Portland, OR
  • Rivka Lomiansky, Songwriter, Toronto
  • Ariella Goldberg, Songwriter, Toronto
  • Ayelet HaShachar, Women’s Band, Baltimore
  • Katia Bolotin, Pianist, Cleveland
  • Polina Imas, Opera, Chicago
  • The Schwadrons! Women’s Band, Passaic, NJ
  • Aliza Dubin, Songwriter-Pianist, Passaic, NJ
  • Suffy Rudman, Songwriter, New York

$15 Advance sales, online, $20 Reserved seating and at the door
$40 Priority seating — includes complimentary CD, refreshments, and program advertising (deadline 11/3)

Sunday, Nov 9: Workshops & Film Screenings

Times Square Arts Center, 300-310 West 43rd Street (4th-5th floors) @ 8th Avenue
Port Authority (subways A/C/E/1/2/3/Q/7/S)
Registration & Coffee 9:00 – 10:00am
Visual Art Vendors available for browsing
Early Morning Stretch Class

Opening Session 10:00 – 10:30am

SESSION I 11:00am – 12:00pm
Dance: Lyrical Dance with Keri Saltzman
Music: Vocal Arrangement & Harmonization with Esther Leah Marchette
Drama: Class Act — Acting Class! with Leah Chwaiewsky

SESSION II 1:00 – 2:00pm
Dance: Modern Dance with Rachel Vernon
Music: Vocal Release for Growth and Transformation with Bracha Adrezin
Drama (1:00 – 3:00pm): From Page to Stage: Scene Study with Amy Guterson
*Special Session for Teens!
Musical Theatre Workshop 1:00 – 3:00pm
Learn Music, Dance & Drama with Neshama Theatre’s Rivka Lomiansky!–>

SESSION III 2:00 – 3:00pm
Dance: Rock On Jazz Class with Leah Chwaiewsky
Music: Advanced Vocal Technique Master Class with Elena Tal
Drama: From Page to Stage: Scene Study (continued from Session II)

SESSION IV 3:00 – 4:00pm
Dance: Torah-Dance Fusion: Blend of Lyrical Jazz, Latin Cardio, Stretching the Body and Touching the Soul with Yocheved Polonsky
Music: Raising the Bar: Transforming a Good Performance into a G-dly One with Katia Bolotin
Drama: Playback Theatre & Improv Drama with Toby Greenwald (Israel)
Cool Down 4:00 – 4:30pm

Optional programs:
Drum & Percussion Circle: Using Your Innate Rhythm & Musicality for Creative Expression with Nechama Tarlow (no experience necessary)
Visual Art Vendors available for browsing

FILM SCREENINGS 4:30 – 8:00pm

Filmmaker Frenzy: Documentaries & Short Films
Please note new film screening times

  • 4:30pm – Becoming Rachel, Short fiction film by Amy Guterson, with Q&A
  • 5:25pm – Chametz and Engaged, Experimental and documentary films by Leah Levy, with Q&A
  • 5:45pm – Selections from A Blessing in Disguise, a feature film by Tobi Einhorn, with Q&A
  • 6:05pm – Selections from Shame, Shanda, and Silence, a documentary by Esther Rachel Russell, with Q&A
  • 6:20pm – Selections from Time of My Life, a documentary by Sherrie Gershan of Passaic, NJ
  • 6:40pm – Arranged Trailer, for Yuta Silverman’s award-winning documentary
  • 6:50pm – Selections from The Chairlady, the new comedy by Y. Silverman & Lara Gedzelman, with Q&A
  • 7:10pm – Raise Your Spirits, documentary about summer stock theater in Israel, featuring Toby Greenwald


HOST: Elana Greenspan, Passaic, NJ
Dance, Theatre & Vocal Performances by
Featured Presenter: Liora Oppenheimer, Toronto

  • Marilyn Lechtman, Theatre, Toronto
  • Elisheva Raichman, Dance, Texas
  • Elisheva Ryp, Vocal, Monsey, NY
  • Phyllis Blackman, Original Music, New York
  • Rachel Vernon, Dance, Toronto
  • Leah Stitzer, Vocal, Monsey
  • Miriam Leah Droz, Vocal, New York
  • Esther Leah Marchette, Vocal, Boston
  • Ashira Morgenstern, Songwriter, Israel
  • Rachel Ravitz, Vocal, New York
  • Avigail Rosen, Vocal, New York
  • Tanya Guterson, Vocal, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Robyn Davis, Vocal, Highland Park, NJ

Monday, Nov 10: Additional Workshops & Film Discussion

Congregation Ramath Orah, 550 West 110th Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam
Subway (1 train)
Open Meeting for ATARA Development 11:30am – 1:00pm
Are you interested in joining the Administrative Team of the Arts and Torah Association? Have opinions, passion, or experience? Please join us in this exciting initiative to form a structured way to support creative and performing artists according to the values of Torah.

SESSION V 2:00 – 3:00pm

  • Music: The Relationship between Tefillah and Art with Ashira Morgenstern
  • Music/Dance: Teaching Dance to Young Children with Mara Friedman
  • Drama/Film: Screenwriting with Esther Rachel Russell

SESSION VI 3:00 – 5:00pm

  • Music/Dance: Jewish Women’s Spirituality Through Movement & Song with Nechama Cheses and Esther Leah Marchette
  • Drama/Film: Playwrights & Filmmakers Discussion Group
  • Issues that arise for scriptwriting and filmmaking, and the future of these arts for frum women

SPECIAL TRACK: Arts Education

  • Helping Kids Create their Own Material with Jessica Schecter (3:00 – 4:00pm)
  • Using Drama as a Tool for Education with Etta Abramson (4:00 – 5:00pm)

KEYNOTE LECTURE, 5:30 – 6:45pm: Integrating Art into Real Life

Keynote Lecture with Robin Garbose, founder of Kol Neshama Arts Conservatory
Traditional Values, Modern Media: An Authentic Jewish Voice in World Cinema with award-winning Hollywood film director and Chassidic Jewish woman Robin Garbose

Final Presentation, Monday Night, Nov 10

Dance & Music Performance 7:00 – 8:00pm

Creative Learning Institute of Dance • Koleinu Women • Jewish Chick Rock • Drisha Institute Arts Fellowship • Kol Isha Radio Show