SALON 3 – Birthright as Public Choreography
March 25 2012 at 16:00
SALON 3 will invite a group of recent Birthright Israel alumni to reunite and to relate/reconstruct their experiences and impressions of their trip in the format of a documentary theater program. A sociologist will provide a commentary after the performance, followed by an open discussion with the public. The Birthright Israel program sponsors free ten-day heritage trips for Jewish young adults from all over the world (mainly from the US) to Israel. Over 300,000 people have gone on these trips over the past thirteen years. Between 2013 and 2015, the Israeli government expects 51,000 people per year (one out of every two eligible Jews in the world) to visit through this program.
Taglit Birthright Israel Bus 363: 1–14 February 2012. Presenting: Evan Drahzal-Gasster, Evan Engel, Stephanie Eisen, Daniela Errazquin, Lisa Greenberg, Alex Kimmelman, Rebecca Hartman, Leah Salditch, Zoë Salditch, Seth Zubatkin.
Birthright alumni from trips in 2009: Ariela Lovett.
Jackie Feldman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a veteran tour guide. He focuses on the performance of contemporary pilgrimages and the role of pilgrimage in the construction of cultures and identities. He has published on the trips of Israeli youth groups to Poland, on Christina pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and is currently doing comparative research on Yad Vashem and the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Courtesy the artist and New Museum, New York