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Conference

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Conference 2018

Planned for iyH March 8-11, 2018 in Ramat Bet Shemesh Aleph and Jerusalem, Israel, with additional programs in New York March 10-11 and Baltimore, March 11.

More information contact conference@artsandtorah.org.

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10th Anniversary Year Conference

ATARA Weekend for Women in the Creative & Performing Arts

Baltimore, MD

*Shabbaton for the Arts*

Learn Torah perspectives on the arts and creativity, harmonious zmirot with multiple voices, interactive theater games

*Workshops in Music, Dance, Acting, Filmmaking, & NEW! Arts Production-Business Tips*

Basic & advanced classes taught by Torah observant professionally trained women, open to all women and girls

*Two Evenings of Women-only Performance Showcase*

Featuring the most artistically gifted Torah observant women in North America in opera, original songwriting, filmmaking, dance, theatre and more

A project of ATARA: The Association for Torah & the Arts

www.artsandtorah.org

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Jan 21 – 24, 2016 – Partners in Creation

This year, we want to use our creativity to answer some hard questions:
  • What is the purpose of our talent and does it have a place in our community?
  • How do we innovate within a worldview of tradition?
  • Are modesty or the ego compromised in the performing arts?
  • How can we succeed in balancing life/kids, making an income, and making art?
  • How can we address the challenge of finding or developing morally adequate material to perform?
  • Will the community ever embrace our work?!
  • As artists, we have been given GIFTS from Hashem. HOW WELL ARE WE USING THEM?
Our workshops and events this year will focus on
  • SONGWRITERS: Meeting and discussing challenges, tips and tricks
  • THEATER/FILM: The development of original material
  • DANCE: New forms and styles! Composition and collaboration with other art forms
  • CLASSICAL MUSIC: Discussing challenges and new directions
  • SELF-PRODUCERS: Tips and Tricks for making money from your art

Thursday Night, Jan 21
Classical Music Concert at the National Opera Center America
Music director Rivka Nahari
Featuring…

  • Shari Rosen
  • Rivka Nahari
  • Fraidel Leah Kletter
  • Abby Harris
  • Yelena Borochov
  • Lori Leifer
  • Bracha Adrezin
  • Devra Seidel
  • Stephanie Kurtzman
  • & More

Friday Night, Jan 22 – Oneg for the Arts

  • Improv Theater with Leah Bassett
  • Learning to Harmonize with Esther Leah Marchette

Motzei Shabbat Jan 23 – Sunday, Jan 24, 2016
CHANGE IN LOCATION & SCHEDULE
Due to inclement weather, NYC travel restrictions and inoperability of Columbia facilities, PROGRAMMING WILL TAKE PLACE AT 433 TERHUNE AVENUE, PASSAIC, NJ 07055 (THANK YOU TO THE DUBIN FAMILY!) Classes BEGIN at 12 NOON and end by 5pm. *Please stay safe* As we say in the arts… The show must go on!. However, we do apologize for the inconvenience. and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Original Music Concert for Women
Featuring…

  • Shaindel Antelis
  • Nechama Cohen
  • Tzirel Mitzman
  • Elana Greenspan
  • Batya Perlman
  • Aliza Dubin
  • Esther Leah Marchette
  • Hannah Stern
  • Esther Berger
  • Shira Dahan
  • Tzohar Students
  • & More

Yom Iyun for the Arts
12-2pm / 3-5pm

  • Vocal Technique with Shari Rosen
  • Vocal Technique with Bracha Adrezin
  • Scriptwriting with Leah Gottfried
  • Acting with Leah Bassett
  • Dance with Hannah Stern
  • Songwriting with Esther Leah Marchette

2-3pm Lunch; Presentation by Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus & the Arts

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CONFERENCE 2012
February 10-12, 2012

Friday Night, February 10 – ONEG FOR THE ARTS

Free & Open to the Community, 8:45pm
“Torah and the Arts,” Shiur by Rav Moshe Weinberger
Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY
894 Woodmere Place Woodmere, NY 11598
www.aishkodesh.org

For full Shabbos programming, meals & hospitality, register at www.atarawinter2012.eventbrite.com
or contact devorahmenorah2004ah@yahoo.com

Motzei Shabbos, February 11 – CONCERT @ The Jewish Music Cafe

401 9th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 (F to 7th Ave, R to 9th St) www.jewishmusiccafe.com
18+ talented performers, with MC Elana Greenspan!

  • Special featured guest artists Baltimore’s Ayelet HaShachar and Chicago’s Ilana Shechter! Art from visiting & local artisans including the Jewish Art Salon, Jewish Art Now’s Elke Reva Sudin, surrealist Natalia Kadish, Kalilah Lichtenstein and more.
    www.artsandtorah.org/content/performances
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12 – ARTS YOM IYUN
Workshops 10:30am-5:30pm
  • Topics include: songwriting, dance composition, dance technique, vocal coaching, drumming, discussions of Jewish theater & arts education.
  • Feature presentation by Junior ATARA, remarkable young talent.
  • Lecturers include: Amy Guterson, director of Tzohar seminary www.tzoharseminary.com, Reina Potaznik of Ladies Got Talent, Nishmat Hatzafon Dance Troupe and more.
Networking Dinner 6-7:30pm

Mingle and Meet Creative Women

SHOWCASE! 8pm (7:30 pm Doors Open)

Shomer Mitzvot Women Wow the Off-Broadway Community
See the newest work of 2012!
The Actors Temple Theater
337 West 47th Street www.actorstempletheatre.com

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CONFERENCE 2010

Weekend for Women in the Creative, Performing & Media Arts
NOVEMBER 12-15, 2010 / Veteran’s Day Weekend

Parshat Vayetzei, 4:23 candle lighting, 5:52 Havdallah

Sunday Night Concert Tickets: http://kaufman-center.org/merkin-concert-hall/event/stage-lights-spiritual-heights
Other weekend events: http://womensartsweekend2010.eventbrite.com/

EVENING CONCERTS
Pre-conference Concert Thursday night November 11th at 8:00 p.m.

“Soul and Spirit,” acoustic music by singer/songwriter Tziona Achishena
Private home: 322 W. 75th Street at Riverside Drive. $12

Motzei Shabbat, November 13: Indie-Rock Women’s Concert

Music and dance performances followed by Women’s Dance Party.  Includes Craft Vendors
Location: Congregation Ramath Orah, 550 W. 110th St. NY, NY
$15 in advance http://womensartsweekend2010.eventbrite.com / $20 at the door

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7:30pm

Stage Lights, Spiritual Heights: An Evening for Women
Professional Music & Dance for women only
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th St, Off Broadway, 1 train to Lincoln Center 66th st.
General Seating $35 / $20 / $15 students/groups Sponsor: $50

FEATURING
  • Tziona Achishena, Singer/Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Northern Israel. Original songs with visual accompaniment by Sheva Chaya Shaiman from Tsfat www.koltziona.com
  • Dena Abergel former dancer with the NYC Ballet performing “Prayer” from Coppélia, Choreography by George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova, after Marius Petipa (1884) © The George Balanchine Trust, Music by Leo Delibes
  • Shaindel Antelis! Songwriter with original, uplifting Jewish music! www.shaindelantelis.com
  • Dages Keates Prayer Collection to original music performed and arranged by Elana Bell, Batya Schechter and Rachel Ravitz
  • Reina Potaznik original choreography
  • Creative Learning Institute original choreography to the music of Tziona Achishena
  • Raise Your Spirits original theater material performed by ML Droz and Lori Leifer, accompaniment by Bronwin Mullin
  • Orcha Dance Original choreographic excerpt from Dancing Through Torah by Gabrielle Orcha
  • Chanie Davis original soulful music with Stephanie Kurtzman on violin
  • Bracha Adrezin Opera and original song
  • Polina Imas classical & Yiddish vocalist
  • Rivka Nahari classical piano and voice
  • EstherLeah Marchette, Chassidic melody by singer/songwriter and former cantor
  • Stephanie Kurtzman on violin
SUNDAY PROGRAM
Sunday, November 14

Professional Classes in Music, Dance, Drama, Film & Visual Art
Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street $15 class / $80 full day
Discounts Available Online: http://womensartsweekend2010.eventbrite.com

Shabbat Program
Shabbat, Nov 12-13: Shine Your Light Meet & Bond with Creative Women
    • Divrei Torah on the Arts – Upper West Side, NY
    • Friday Night Dinner, Chabad of the Upper West Side, 166 West 97th St. $40
    • FREE: ONEG for the ARTS! Improv Acting, Singing and Socializing
    • Shabbos Lunch with the Artists: divrei torah, personal stories, and share their inspiration about Torah and Art.

Shalosh seudos in private home with Miriam Lieberman.

Register Online for Shabbat program and other parts of conference at http://womensartsweekend2010.eventbrite.com
If attending Fri night dinner only, register at chabad@chabadwestside.org

Members Meeting For those who wish to become involved in a volunteer organization to promote the arts according to Torah values / within the Jewish community, build resources, discuss current issues for observant artists and ways to aid development of the arts in the community, an administrative meeting will take place 10am-1pm, Monday November 15.

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November 20-23, 2009

REGISTER AT WWW.ATARA2009.EVENTBRITE.COM
Observant Women in the Creative, Performing & Media Arts

Motzei Shabbat, Nov 21 7:30pm Art Exhibit 8:30pm Performance
Sunday Night, Nov 22 7:30pm Performance

MOTZEI SHABBAT Highlights…
  • RACHEL FACTOR – Dance performance
  • SHAINDEL ANTELIS – indie rock – www.myspace.com/shaindel
  • BRACHA ADREZIN – opera vocalist
  • RIVKA NAHARI – classical piano / opera
  • The Brava Women’s Ensemble of Brooklyn – women’s choir
  • SHEVA RAICHMAN – dance performance
  • AMY GUTERSON – Master of Ceremonies
  • Learn about arts training programs & the work of theater companies around the globe
  • Visual Art Exhibit and Craft Vendors
    AND MORE…

SUNDAY NIGHT Highlights…

  • The PENI-NOTES – Women’s Choir of Teaneckand many more.
  • Comedienne ELANA GREENSPAN, Master of Ceremonies!
  • RIVKA LOMIANSKY – Indie-Rock
  • Yocheved Polonsky – dance
  • Reina Potaznik – dance

SUNDAY, NOV 22 10am-4:30pm
9-11am Registration and Coffee
10-10:50 Morning Movement. FLOW: The Foundation of Movement in languages of choreography and yoga.

11-11:50 SESSION I

  • Dance Fusion – Torah concepts fused with a mix of dance styles & FUN!
  • Music Therapy 101 – Tips & Techniques
  • Acting 101 – Improv, Games & More
12-12:50 SESSION II
  • Using Theater to Teach Children – Learning “As If” they were thereLUNCH & OPEN MIC Show Your Stuff!
  • Ear Training & Harmony Skills
  • Modern Dance with Keri Roth!
  • Acting for Film – From Script to Screen: Role of the Actor
1:50-3pm SESSION III
  • MASTER CLASS with HENYE MEYER & TOBY GREENWALD: Scriptwriting & Producing – Cover-to-Cover Production Manual for a Community Musical, with perspectives from theater directors from ISRAEL & ENGLAND
  • Bollywood Dance – Indian and other ethnic styles as seen in Indian films
  • Advanced Scene Study for Teens – with Rivka Lomiansky of Neshama Theatre
  • Vocal Training with Bracha Adrezin – Breathing & Vocalizing Techniques from the world’s leading vocalists
3:10-4:30 SESSION IV
  • DANCE AS A VEHICLE FOR SPIRITUALITY – with RACHEL FACTOR of Machol Shel Bnos Miriam, Jerusalem Women’s Center for Theater Arts
  • STORYTELLING – with PENNINAH SCHRAM, world reknowned Storyteller

Optional
4:30pm – Hoola Hooping Lessons with YOCHI
5:00pm – “Becoming Rachel” a film by Amy Guterson, with Q & A
5:00pm – Learn about the Bialystoker Shul
5:30pm – Walking Tour of the Lower East Side
6:00pm – Dinner on the Lower East Side
***7:30pm Performance***
Schedule subject to change / may be updated.
SESSIONS INCLUDE STORYTELLING – ACTING FOR FILM – ADVANCED SCENE STUDY FOR TEENS  — MUSIC THERAPY 101 – FLOW: THE FOUNDATIONS OF MOVEMENT – Visual Art Sessions: BATIKKING and ART THERAPY & MORE

From Script to Stage to Screen: Creating a Musical for Your Community
What is involved in writing a play for the Jewish community? Covering both hashkafic and practical issues, such as rabbinic approval, avoiding clichés, humor, stagecraft, amateur verses professional, problems in casting, budget and funding, venues, behind the scenes support, and creating and distributing a DVD! Includes reading list for further study. Learn perspectives of theater directors from Gush Etzion, Israel and England.

Kernels of a Pomegranate: The Art of Storytelling
Stories have the power to transform and inspire. With our voices, we can create bonds and lasting memories between people while we transmit Jewish values and traditions. In this workshop, Peninnah Schram will explore the power of storytelling and what makes a story Jewish, discuss theatre and storytelling, illustrate effective storytelling and share techniques for telling through non-threatening participatory creative dramatic exercises. We will also work through the process of learning a story and integrating stories within the classroom and in your life.

Using Theater Arts to Teach Torah to Children
Explore the role of drama in engaging children in learning Torah. Understand use of theater games, pantomime and rhyme. Learn about the teaching model of “Keelu,” – “as if” you were a character, understanding characters and text through the use of drama.

Vocal Release for Growth and Transformation
Powerful breathing and vocalizing techniques of the world’s greatest opera singers. Every woman can use these techniques to release stress, feel revitalized, and connect emotionally and spiritually. Singers can transform their voices with this approach, yet all women can connect with their inner power and catalyze their growth. Experiential,safe, and fun!.

Bollywood Dance
Bollywood dance is the dance-form used in the Indian films. It is a mixture of numerous styles. These styles include belly-dancing, kathak, classical, Indian folk, and western popular, modern, and jazz. South Asia traces an unbroken tradition of linking theatre, music, and dance to the 2nd century BCE.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING

Shabbat, Nov 20-21
The Lower East Side of Manhattan

  • Oneg and Musical Seudat Shlishit for women
  • Torah on the topic of Arts & Music
  • Improv Acting Games
  • Hanging out with creative women with a Torah lifestyle!

MONDAY Nov 23

Discussion with Industry leaders – Issues for Observant Jews in the Arts
Gender * Secular Content * Compensation * Arts in Education * More
For involvement as an artist/industry professional: conference@artsandtorah.org

MOVIE NIGHT AT STERN COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, 5-11pm

  • 5:10pm – The House on Riverside. Two young girls learn the value of honesty and hard work. Set in 1930’s NY. 74 min.
  • 6:50pm – The Chairlady. A comedy about the life of a woman struggling between community recognition and home life.
  • 9pm – Q & A with Filmmakers Panel
  • 9:30pm – Diamonds in the Dust. During an archeological dig of 2009, we return to ancient Israel just before the Churban Sheni.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: http://atara2009.eventbrite.com

Conference Prices
    • ECONOMY Full Conference $110
    • VIP Sponsor Package $220
      Per Diem
    • Performances: $20 General Admission, $36 VIP Seating, Beverages

$15 students and families 3+ Classes: $15/class, $25 Master Class

  • Full-day Sunday Workshops: $50
  • Monday at the Movies: $13/First movie, each additional movie $5

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CONFERENCE 2008

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

Admission:
$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
Refreshments

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

SUNDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE

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: 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

November, 2007 at Stern College for Women

Motzei Shabbat – Film Screening
A Light for Greytowers, feature film by Robin Garbose
Schottenstein Auditorium

Sunday Workshops in Koch Hall featuring
Acting, with Robin Garbose
Playwriting with Tara Eliwatt
Voice Technique with Judy Winegard
Dance Workshop with Rivka Lomiansky

Lunch Panel – Exciting Programs in Our Communities
Leslie Ginsparg of Girls Night On
Michal Oshman of The Binah School
Amy Guterson of Kol Isha Theater
Matt Okin of Black Box Theater

Dinner Performance in Koch Hall, 6pm
Esther Leah Marchette
Glaser Drive
And more

Shir LaMaalote II, 8pm

Performance in Schottenstein Auditorium

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February 2007

Pre-Conference Performance & Meeting

Shir La Maalote I
Women’s Concert at Stern College Schottenstein Auditorium
Produced by ATARA together with Professional Women’s Theater

Meeting at the 76th St Jewish Community Center
Attended by
Katia Bolotin of Cleveland
Rebbetzin Green of Jerusalem
Leslie Ginsparg of New York
Yocheved Polonsky of Cleveland
Robin Garbose of Los Angeles
And others