Erica Hartman-Horvitz, Co-Chair, Cleveland Israel Arts Connection

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Meet Erica Hartman-Horvitz and Roe Green, Co-Chairs, Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
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SEE ME explores the artist’s play on one’s identity. Chelbin’s photography attempts to capture human stories in everyday life; the identities of people not in the mainstream, many of them belonging to the edge of society and existing in the space between the odd and the ordinary. Her main themes are not social or topical, but collective and mythical; she searches for people who have a legendary quality in them. For Chelbin, the image is just the beginning; it’s the gateway to a story waiting to be told, about a life full of contradictions on the battleground between fantasy and reality.

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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

On the Grill


presented by Cleveland Public Theatre

March 14, 2024 - April 6, 2024
Cleveland Public Theatre 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland

Written by one of Israel’s most beloved playwrights, Requiem dares to tackle the big questions of “life and death” with poetry, frankness, and a lot of humor. One old man embarks on a series of journeys to ward off death failing to see the life all around him amidst the colorful characters he encounters along the way—an old medic, two drunks, three cherubs, and two prostitutes who dream of moving to Paris.

This ground-breaking United States premiere production resets the play in an American landscape and features Cleveland’s renowned actor and activist Peter Lawson Jones in the central role.

For tickets, please visit or call 216-631-2727 ext. 501.

Vertigo Dance Company

Vertigo Dance Company

Vertigo Dance Company

Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Mimi Ohio Theatre/Playhouse Square 1511 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Grounded and organic yet driven and unyielding, The Vertigo Dance Company attacks contemporary movement with an honesty that engages audience members to feel the vulnerability of emotions being unpacked onstage. One of Israel’s most highly regarded contemporary dance companies, Vertigo takes the viewer on an exciting and challenging journey into unfamiliar territories with every performance.

This performance will feature their new work, “Makom,” created by Artistic Director Noa Wertheim. The evening-length work brings audience members on an almost meditative journey that explores the tension between the center and the extremities, between form and content, between inside and outside, and between construction and destruction, and beautifully dramatizes the striving for unity and wholeness that speaks profoundly to the human condition. The movement style of Vertigo’s dancers will awe audiences as Wertheim challenges the limits of the body through dance.

For tickets, please visit or call 216-241-6000. Use code “JFED” for ticket discounts.

Shalva Band

The Shalva Band

Presented by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.
The Shalva Band, comprised of 8 talented musicians with disabilities, performed on Season Six of The Rising Star in Israel. Hundreds of thousands of people tuned into the popular broadcast to watch their performances. They united a country, and world, in support of inclusion. Their performances changed how millions of people view and embrace disability. Shalva Band performed in Cleveland in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 75th Independence Day.

Religious Women in Contemporary Israeli Cinema

Religious Women in Contemporary Israeli Cinema

Religious Women in Contemporary Israeli Cinema

A Cleveland Israel Arts Connection Forum
From ‘Fill the Void’ to ‘The Women’s Balcony’ –attendees had the opportunity to experience religious women - their lives, their loves & and their conflicts through the lens of contemporary Israeli cinema
Eran Polishuk, the Director of Film and Media at Israel's Office for Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel, New York, led an informative conversation on the current state of Israel’s film industry; dealing with controversial subject matter, up and coming directors, trends in filmmaking, and more.

Culture Fix CLE

Culture Fix CLE

Healing our community through the arts.
An installation by Tel Aviv artists Dede Bandaid and Nitzan Mintz in collaboration with local photographer Daniel Levin. More info >

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

Surface Identities
Shony Rivnay
Sigalit Landau - Salt Bride
The Desert Shall Rejoice & Blossom - Oded Balilty
Hineni: Here I Am - Israeli Works of Art in Cleveland Collections
Arie Azene - Shadow on the Beach
Commemoration - Samuel Bak
Israel Land & Identity
Amnon's Workshop: A Photography Documentary
The Chase of Thoughts - Shai Azoulay
The Way We Looked: Photographs of Shtetl Life: Shloyme-Zanvl Rappoport
Hila Lulu Lin - Absolute Naked 5
Hanoch Piven - Moses
Belief - Natan Dvir
David's Journey - Ivan Schwebel
The Landscape: Jerusalem and Beit Shean - Michael Kovner

Meet our Cleveland Israel Arts Connection Staff

Rachel Lappen

Rachel Lappen, Senior Vice President / Chief Development Officer

Debra Yasinow

Debra S. Yasinow, Director, Cleveland Israel Arts Connection

Rebecca Sattin

Rebecca Sattin, Senior Associate, Cleveland Israel Arts Connection


Patron Society

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 Rachel Lappen.

The Jewish Federation’s 2023-24 Cleveland Israel Arts Connection is brought to you by these generous individuals, corporations, and foundations:

Honorary Producer

Roe Green

Star Patrons

Roe Green Foundation, Harley & Rochelle Gross, Richard Horvitz & Erica Hartman-Horvitz, Robert & Susan Immerman, Pam & Craig Kahn, Alan M. z"l & Karen Krause

Platinum Patrons

Stanley I. and Honnie R. Busch Memorial Endowment, The John & Peggy Garson Family Foundation, Drs. Jane Glaubinger & Eric Baer, David & Francine Horvitz, Michael & Anita Siegal Family Foundation

Gold Patrons

Reneé Chelm, Matt Garson & Casey Bochenek, Sara Hurand & Elie Weiss, Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein and Barry Goloboff

Silver Patrons

Zeda W. Blau, Rebecca & Irad Carmi, Marc Freimuth, Barbara Galvin, Florence Goodman, Lilli Harris, Amy & Steve Hoffman, Jewish Arts Endowment Fund, Roseanne Kadis, Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein and Barry Goloboff, Roseanne Kadis, Rachel & Justin Lappen, Ira & Karen Levinsky, Cookie & Herb Marcus, Linda McDonald, Ph.D., Hedy & Michael Milgrom, Margie Moskovitz, Peta Moskovitz, Debbe Deutch Rabinowitz, Ashley Hartman Robin, Sharon & Bruce Rosenbaum, Linda M. Sandhaus, M.D., Charna E. Sherman, Robert & Eileen Sill Family Foundation, Marjorie Simon, Margaret Singerman, Cathy Stamler, Richard & Beverley Uria, Ximena Valdes Sessler, Herb & Jody Wainer, Susan Wasserman, Judith Weiss


The Edna & Yair Akrish Family, Leslye Arian, Ziona & Dan Austrian, Amy Budish, Deena & Richard Epstein, Jonathan Freilich, Joan Kohn, Debra S. Yasinow, Pam Young

We regret the omission of any names.

Corporate Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Cleveland Arts Foundation

Gold Sponsor

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Bronze Sponsor

Consulate General of Israel NEW YORK

Cleveland Israel Arts Connection Advisory Group

Roe Green and Erica Hartman-Horvitz, Co-Chairs

Edna Akrish, Leslye Arian, Ziona Austrian, Eric Baer, Samantha Baskind, Timothy Beyer, Zeda Blau, Richard Bogomolny, Amy Budish, Sue Cahn, Rebecca Carmi, Reneé Chelm, Joanne Cohen, Deena Epstein, Natalie Epstein, Marc Freimuth, Mady Friedman, Barbara Galvin, Matthew Garson, Jay Geller, Valerie Geller, Jane Glaubinger, Florence Goodman, Tyler Grasee, Rochelle Gross, Lilli Harris, Rebecca Heller, Stephen H. Hoffman, Talia Horvitz, Sara Hurand, Bob Immerman, Susan Immerman, Bob Jackson, Roseanne Kadis, Sue Koletsky. Susan Krantz, Karen Krause, Lisa Kurzner, Leora Lanzola, Daniel Levin, Karen Levinsky, Toby Lewis, Sarah Liska, Linda McDonald, Hedy Milgrom, Michael Milgrom, Marjorie Moskovitz, Peta Moskowitz, Katya Oicherman, Linda Olejko, Amnon Ophir, Debbe Deutch Rabinowitz, Deborah Ratner, Sharon Rosenbaum, Heather Ross, Linda Sandhaus, Nancy Schwartz-Katz, Beth Segal, Abbie Sender, Charna E. Sherman, Anita Siegal, Scott Sill, Andrew Simon, Marjorie Simon, Margaret Singerman, Patrice Moore Smith, Ivan Soclof, Marilyn Soclof, Cathy Stamler, Marla Comet-Stark, Robert Stark, Barbara Tannenbaum, Richard Uria, Ximena Valdes-Sessler, Herb Wainer, Susan Wasserman, Penni Weinberg, Elie Weiss, Judith Weiss, Israel Wiener, Trudy Wiesenberger, Ruth Wolfson, Pam Young