Jewish Journal

Teaching Americans to dance like Israelis

By Avishay Artsy

May 28, 2014 | 11:14 am

Choreographer Idan Cohen is a guest artist at UC Irvine. Photo by Eran Abukassis

Being an Israeli in the United States can have its challenges. Social customs are slightly different, you miss your friends and family — and the coffee’s not the same.

“I want really... read full article

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  • Groups set boycott of Israeli troupe in N.Y.


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