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

Israel Arts & Culture

Meet Erica Hartman-Horvitz and Roe Green, Co-Chairs, Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
Arts provides a common language spoken by every culture.

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The Cleveland Israel Arts Connection Presents

Open House Exhibitions

This exhibition gathers studio works by Israeli street artists to give us a sense of Israel, the place, through their eyes and hands. A cacophony of styles and colors brings you the visual noise you would encounter on the streets of Israel.

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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

On the Grill

On the Grill

Presented by Dobama Theatre
The American Premiere of Dror Keren’s “On the Grill” was a responding success. Capacity audiences were treated to an intimate look into the hopes and heartbreak, feelings and fears of an Israeli family and the community that surrounds them.

Did you know?  “On the Grill” won the 2015 Israeli Theatre Prize for Best Original Play.

The Desert Shall Rejoice and Blossom:
Photographs by Oded Balilty and Tal Shochat

The Desert Shall Rejoice and Blossom

The Desert Shall Rejoice and Blossom:
Photographs by Oded Balilty and Tal Shochat

Curated by Barbara Tannenbaum
Israeli artists Oded Balilty and Tal Shochat provide contrasting yet complementary metaphors for the spirit of their native country: the prickly pear and the fruit tree.

The Hazelnuts

The Hazelnuts

The Hazelnuts

Presented by Cuyahoga Community College
The Hazelnuts are a unique musical phenomenon in the Israeli music scene – sweeping large and varied audiences off and on their feet with the swing fever. In addition to performing before over 200 Jewish day school children, The Hazelnuts opened for The Manhattan Transfer in concert at The Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square.

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.

Vertigo Dance Company

Vertigo Dance Company

Vertigo Dance Company

Presented by DANCECleveland
An installation by Tel Aviv artists Dede Bandaid and Nitzan Mintz in collaboration with local photographer Daniel Levin.

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 >


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

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

Meet our Cleveland Israel Arts Connection Staff

Hedy Milgrom

Hedy P. Milgrom, Senior Development Officer

Israel Wiener

Israel Wiener, Israeli Arts & Culture Consultant

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 Hedy Milgrom.

The Jewish Federation’s 2022-23 Cleveland Israel Arts Connection is brought to you by these generous individuals, corporations, and foundations:

Roe Green, Honorary Producer

Star Patrons

Roe Green Foundation
Harley & Rochelle Gross
Richard Horvitz & Erica Hartman-Horvitz
Robert & Susan Immerman
Karen & Alan M. 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

Gold Patrons
Richard Bogomolny & Patricia Kozerefski
Reneé Chelm
Matt Garson & Casey Bochenek
Sara Hurand & Elie Weiss
Linda McDonald, Ph.D.

Silver Patrons
Zeda W. Blau
Rebecca & Irad Carmi
Marc Freimuth
Barbara Galvin
Florence Goodman
Lilli & Seth Harris
Amy & Steve Hoffman
Jewish Arts Endowment Fund
Roseanne Kadis
Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein and Barry Goloboff
Rachel & Justin Lappen
Ira & Karen Levinsky
Cookie & Herb Marcus
Hedy & Michael Milgrom
Ashley Hartman Robin
Sharon & Bruce Rosenbaum
Linda M. Sandhaus, M.D.
Ximena Valdes Sessler
Joseph and Marla Shafran Foundation, Glidden House Associates
Charna E. Sherman
Robert & Eileen Sill Family Foundation
Marjorie Simon
Margaret Singerman
Richard & Beverley Uria
Barbara Wain
Herb & Jody Wainer
Susan Wasserman
Judith Weiss
Trudy & Steve Wiesenberger

The Edna & Yair Akrish Family
Leslye Arian
Ziona & Dan Austrian
Deena & Richard Epstein
Jonathan Freilich
Margie Moskovitz
Barbara Tannenbaum & Mark Soppeland
Debra S. Yasinow

Cleveland Israel Arts Connection
A vibrant array of Israeli arts and culture

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
Howard Bender
Timothy Beyer
Zeda Blau
Richard Bogomolny
Amy Budish
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 Grasse
Rochelle Gross

Lilli Harris
Rebecca Heller
Stephen H. Hoffman
Joan Horvitz
Sara Hurand
Robert Immerman
Susan Immerman
Robert Jackson
Roseanne Kadis
Susan Koletsky
Susan Krantz
Karen Krause
Lisa Kurzner
Leora Lanzola
Daniel Levin
Karen Levinsky
Toby Lewis
Sarah Liska
Irwin Lowenstein
Michael Milgrom
Linda Olejko
Debbe Deutch Rabinowitz
Deborah Ratner
Barbara Robinson

Sharon Rosenbaum
Linda Sandhaus
Nancy Schwartz-Katz
Abbie Sender
Charna Sherman
Anita Siegal
Scott Sill
Gila Silverman
Marjorie Simon
Margaret Singerman
Ivan Soclof
Marilyn Soclof
Cathy Stamler
Marla Comet-Stark
Robert Stark
Barbara Tannenbaum
Richard Uria
Herbert Wainer
Susan Wasserman
Penni Weinberg
Elie Weiss
Judy Weiss
Trudy Wiesenberger
Ruth Wolfson