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Etty Hilsom

Etty Hilsom, 27, died writing a diary during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The diary, which was published 40 years after her death in the Auschwitz camp, reflects her ideas about the need for human compassion, art and aesthetics in order to overcome the many obstacles that life presents to us. Through her writing Etty Hilsom was able to cope with the great hardships of life under Nazism. Even in the darkest hours of the Holocaust, Etty did everything in her power to change the world around her, alleviating the suffering of those around her through dialogue, compassion, and an unexplained belief in the good that resides in the human heart.

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Israeli theater director, operating in Israel, France and Poland. In 2006, at the age of 19, she joined the theater group "Théâtre du soleil" under the direction of Ariane Mnouchkine. She participated in the play and creation of the theatrical production "Les éphemeres", which was a great success around the world. Afterwards, she turned to directing studies at the Kibbutzim Seminary. During her studies, she founded with the assistance of the French Embassy a theater troupe in the Hura local council for Bedouin youth; The group exists and operates even today.

In 2010, after graduating in directing, Gal won a research scholarship from Wallonie Bruxelles International. She chose to research the works of the Belgian playwright René Kalisky at the ULB University in Brussels, and to promote his plays among the Israeli public. After two years, she staged a theatrical performance in Lublin and nearby villages that had been Jewish towns in the past. The play was based on the stories of Yitzhak Bashevis Singer and the history of her family before and during the Holocaust.

Returning to Paris, Gal completed her master's degree at the University of Sorbonne, during which she worked with renowned European directors in creating an anti-war performance around the university campus in San Dani, together with students from abroad.

Concerned about the worsening of socio-political gaps in Israel, Gal decided to create a new project in the city of Jaffa. Today, she serves as the founder and artistic director of the Etty Hilsom Youth Theater in Jaffa. The theater is a unique project and the first of its kind, and was established as part of an Israeli-French collaboration.

Through the project, teenagers - Jews, Arabs and immigrants - who grow up in an environment that makes it difficult for them to dream big dreams - are given the opportunity to dream and fulfill the world of theater in all its forms. The Etty Hilsom Youth Theater seeks to provide young people with the tools that the world of theater provides to those who come through its gates, and to enable them to create a real work of art in the bustling city of Jaffa. The theater was visited by renowned theater directors from France, Israel and Poland.

Gal Horowitz

Director and founder of the association
  • I'm Ohana

    Physical theater guide

    I, a native of Morocco, grew up in Paris, where her artistic and aesthetic worldview was shaped. All her life she was drawn to the world of culture and art. Today, I dedicate my lecture to sculpture and the practice of contemporary art.

    After meeting Gal Horowitz in Paris in 2012, she joined her in building and fulfilling one of her biggest dreams: establishing an association that would help underprivileged youth.

    Today, I serve as the founder and member of the board of directors of the "Voice of Youth" association. I believe that the stage of the theater is the way to discover lofty emotions, hidden talents, and other ways of life - and there is no end to it.

  • Mira Awad

    Interpretation Guide to Voice and Poetry

    Singer, actress and songwriter.

    Graduate of the Rimon School of Music. Participated in improvisation workshops with the support of the British Council in Israel and England, and studied at the Body Theater School on a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

    Represented Israel at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, together with singer Achinoam Nini.

    The star of the TV series "Arab Work" and "Noah's Ark". Appeared in the movie "The Bubble".

    She sang the theme songs for the movie "Lemon Tree".

    She played the role of Eliza Doolittle in the production of the Israeli Opera for "My Fair Lady", and also participated in the Festigal. In 2005, Mira Awad created the song "Azini" with Idan Raichel.

    Performed with the Israeli metal band Orflandland on their fifth album. In 2009 she won the Haviva Reich Prize in recognition of her contribution to peace and dialogue between Arabs and Jews.

  • Ronen Sadis

    Physical theater guide

    After graduating from the Kibbutzim Seminary, Ronen began performing and directing at the Habima Theater, and at the Acre and Bat Yam festivals. Raised, among other things, adaptations for "aluminum" and "cuckoo's nest".

    For the past 15 years, Ronen has been working as a clown and pantomime teacher.

  • Ariel Kryzopolsky

    Teacher and principal

    A Bezalel graduate in the costume and jewelry design department. After graduation she began

    To design costumes and a stage for theater and dance in independent productions, fringe and the Acre Festival. She has also designed costumes for television and video production.
    Several years ago she began teaching design and art. She graduated with a teaching certificate in art from the Beit Berl Art College.
    She has been teaching at the Kol Hanoar association for several years in the design group, under whose guidance the students design the plays that come up within the association. She also creates art and conducts art and design workshops at the "Art Workshop - Ramat Eliyahu".

    And

  • Yaffim Rinenberg

    Practice Class Guide

    Actor, director, translator and theater teacher. Acting and directing in micro theaters, the incubator, Mankini and more.

    He teaches at the Nissan Nativ School, the Specularia Studio, the Hebrew University and the Basement Theater for at-risk youth in Jerusalem.

  • Work life

    Mask artist

    Actor, director and independent theater creator.

    Graduate of the Department of Theater at Tel Aviv University, Artistic Director of the Scapino Theater and one of its founders.

    Actor, director and independent theater creator.

    Graduate of the Department of Theater at Tel Aviv University, Artistic Director of the Scapino Theater and one of its founders.

    Specializes in body language, pantomime, masks, comedy del arte and the mechanics of comedy. He has written, directed and acted in plays at a number of fringe theaters and street performances at festivals in Israel and abroad.

    Teaches in acting schools (Yoram Levinstein, Kibbutzim Seminar, Derech, etc.), and in high schools.

    Combines masks in his work with groups with special needs. Conducts workshops as part of social and enrichment days.

  • Liat Ben-Shoshan

    Costume designer for the theater
    And creative creator

    And

    A Bezalel graduate in the costume and jewelry design department. After graduating, she began designing costumes and a stage for theater and dance in independent productions, Fringe and the Acre Festival. She has also designed costumes for television and video production.
    Several years ago she began teaching design and art. She graduated with a teaching certificate in art from the Beit Berl Art College.
    She has been teaching at the Kol Hanoar association for several years in the design group, under whose guidance the students design the plays that come up within the association. She also creates art and conducts art and design workshops at the "Art Workshop - Ramat Eliyahu".

    And

  • Yael Beacon-Lemon

    Dramatologist, artistic director and educator


    Graduate of the Department of Theater at the University of Haifa, directing
    * Works as a dramatist in the field of theater, dance and puppet theater
    * Accompanied by creative processes in writing (stage, singing and hymns) and photography
    * Artistic director at the Odessa-Tel Aviv Festival, St. Petersburg Festival (in collaboration with the Cultural Brigade), Reporter Club (in collaboration with Michal Zoran)
    * Founder of the interdisciplinary art program at A. High School of the Arts, Tel Aviv
    * Teaches theater, dramaturgy and stage composition in a variety of settings
    * Translates plays and hymns

Despite their difficult backgrounds, our diverse young people have found a sense of home, passion and a tool for life in the theater.

Our mission

Inspired by the greatness of Etty Hilsom, the Etty Hilsom Youth Theater is a non-profit organization that aims to provide a safe space for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, where they can realize their love of theater, and receive a mental, physical and intellectual response in a reality that does not always allow. The theater, located in the heart of Jaffa D., contains 470 seats and is a real house, and a warm corner. The youth come from the neighborhoods around Jaffa IV, where the institution is located. The institution seeks to breathe life into the community and place on one stage a group of youth from different backgrounds that reflect the variety of shades of Israeli society, including Jewish and Arab youth, Ethiopians and former USSR, African asylum seekers and more.

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our vision

The teens join a two-year program and specialize in one of the following three areas: acting, acting or makeup and costume design. The tools acquired as part of theater studies encourage self-expression, self-confidence, social integration, intercultural dialogue, empathy, conflict resolution, emotion regulation, listening and teamwork.

Our way

Every year, we strive to bring together a new group of youth who represent the multicultural community of the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo and of the State of Israel as a whole. Through professional theater studies from the best teachers in the field, we set an example for a diverse group of teenagers to work together to create art on stage.

Together, the teens will produce a play on their own, from writing, to choosing the music and building the set, to acting and performance, all with the guidance and support of the teachers who worked with them throughout the year. At the end of each year, students will put on a play that is the product of their own and theirs alone.

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We need your support today!

Youth Voice Ensemble

Etty Hilsom's Israeli Youth Theater

Dura: Galhur@gmail.com

Tel: 058-4404383

Address: 9 Pa'amonit Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Oshri Sahar

Tel: 053-6808699

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