Arts & Culture
Meet Erica Hartman-Horvitz and Roe Green, Co-Chairs, Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
Arts provides a common language spoken by every culture.
Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
We bring Israeli arts and culture to Cleveland by working with the finest local arts organizations and institutions. We celebrate experiences that deepen our Jewish identity and share the beauty of Israel with everyone, exploring the human condition through dance, film, music, literature, theater and the visual arts.
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We present art where art belongs. If we bring in a theater company, they perform at an established theater; visual art is presented in galleries and museums; music is heard in recognized concert and recital halls. We survey venues across the community to identify and promote Israeli art and artists they are already presenting. We share that information with you, so you can easily access the beauty of Israel and its people through art.
When the Federation turned 100 years old, we celebrated by bringing world-class Israeli art and artists to Cleveland. Interest was outstanding and the idea for Cleveland Israel Arts Connection was born.
Since this program’s inception, over 60 Israel-related arts and culture events have been presented here in Cleveland, all receiving popular acclaim.
In just one year, over 9,000+ people from diverse backgrounds explored the beauty of Israel and Jewish life through Cleveland Israel Arts Connection.
Some examples of our success
Na Laga'at Deaf-Blind Theater of Tel Aviv
Giving deaf-blind people the opportunity to express themselves, this unique acting troupe promotes tolerance, respect, and co-existence. During the show, actors bake bread and at the end of the show, share it with the audience onstage.
Did you know? Instead of applause, the audience used a touch on the arm or a squeeze of the hand to say thank you.
Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company
Dance Cleveland presented the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollack dance company, receiving rave reviews. Audience members entered a fantastic circus-world of wandering acrobats and strangely beautiful creatures through ballet, contemporary dance, mime and acrobatics!
For more than a century, Jerusalem’s famed Bezalel Academy has nurtured and inspired students in the visual arts, and in doing so, helped shape Israel’s cultural and artistic legacy. Graduates create in diverse media and are among Israel’s best-known artists, many with international reputations. Partnering with the Maltz Museum, we shared this exhibition of student and alumni work with Cleveland.
Joshua Bell and The Return of the Violin
When celebrated violinist Joshua Bell performed at the Cleveland Orchestra, we coordinated a screening of the film “Return of the Violin” at the Cleveland Museum of Art -- telling the story of the Stradivarius (the violin Bell plays) once owned by Bronislaw Huberman, founder of the Israeli Philharmonic. Bell attended the screening and participated in a conversation after, publicizing his concerts and helping sell out the film screening, with nearly 700 people in attendance.
An inspiring Israeli-Palestinian pair delighted audiences at The Cleveland International Piano Competition, noting that music-making at the highest level can transcend political and national differences. “Amal” means hope in Arabic and reflects the idea behind their playing together as an Israeli and a Palestinian. While here, they performed to a sold-out crowd, thanks in part to our partnership in marketing the event.
J’etc. recognizes Jewish-themed events
We recognize the many wonderful Jewish-themed arts and culture events in our community and publicize them through J’etc. We also collaborate with The Mandel Jewish Community Center on the Jewish Arts and Culture Lab, the brainchild of Sara Hurand and Rabbi Zach Truboff, bringing together local Jewish artists for a year of art, learning and fellowship.
The Roe Green Gallery
Located at the Federation’s Mandel Building, the Roe Green Gallery is devoted to showcasing exceptional visual art by Israeli artists. The gallery hosts a range of exhibitions including paintings, drawings, photography, collage, and prints. Some are guest-curated, like the successful exhibit Prints from Kibbutz Cabri
See images from past gallery shows
Meet our Cleveland Israel Arts Connection Staff
By becoming a Patron, you help ensure that Clevelanders will be exposed to high-quality, thought-provoking and emotion-evoking Israeli arts programming right here in our hometown. For more information about the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection Patron Society, please contact Hedy Milgrom.
Roe Green Foundation • Erica Hartman-Horvitz & Richard Horvitz • Bob Immerman • David and Inez Myers Foundation
Miriam Becker, Ph.D.
The Jean, Harry & Brenda Fuchs Family Foundation
Karen & Alan M. Krause
Toby Devan Lewis
Patricia Kozerefski & Richard Bogomolny
Robert and Eileen Sill Family Foundation
Sara Hurand & Elie Weiss
Idelle & Abe Wolf
Zeda W. Blau
Barbara & Peter Galvin
Rochelle & Harley Gross
The Nathan L. & Regina Herman Charitable Fund
Jewish Arts Endowment Fund
Stanley G. Blum
Sharon & Bruce Rosenbaum
Charna E. Sherman
David and Robert Stein Family Foundation
Jody & Herb Wainer
Trudy & Steven Wiesenberger