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Connection with Israel

How it all began

The formation of Or Chadash (in the Spring of 2005) resulted from the impact of the visit of Kiryat Shemona’s Hora Goel dance group on the participants of the JCC Festival Ha’Rikud - the initial Mifgash.

Thanks to the support of the P2G (Partnership Together), the JCC was able to establish the what was to become the long-lasting connection between Hora Goel and Or Chadash. The two groups first performed together at the opening ceremonies at the JCC Maccabi Games® in August 2006. Through the continuous support of the P2G committee the JCC was able to continue the Mifgashim (exchanges) between Or Chadash and Hora Goel.
Learn more about UIA Federations Canada (UIAFC) Partnership 2000
 

Israel Connection Timeline

2005:

  • Hora Goel visits Vancouver and are billeted for 2 weeks with local teens and their families inspiring lasting friendships.
  • Hora Goel delights audiences at the Festival Ha’Rikud, Louis Brier and community schools – including workshops for teachers and students.
  • Hora Goel inspires the formation of Or Chadash.

2006:

  • Hora Goel escapes their war-torn home town of Kiryat Shemona to spend 2 weeks in Vancouver for the JCC Maccabi Games®.
  • Hora Goel and Or Chadash perform together for the first time at the Kitsilano Showboat and JCC Maccabi Games® opening ceremony.

2007:

  • Or Chadash travels to Israel for two weeks.
  • Or Chadash and Hora Goel perform together once again at a gala performance in Kiryat Shemona.
  • Or Chadash and Hora Goel travel to Israel’s world renowned “Festival Karmiel” where over 100,000 people gather from all over the world for this annual Israeli dance festival.

2008:

  • New members of Hora Goel visit Vancouver and are billeted for 2 weeks with local teens and their families. Many of the teens are already acquainted from their previous summer together In Israel – this translates into a deep, lasting relationship.
  • Hora Goel and Or Chadash perform together once again at the Festival and throughout the entire community.

2009:

  • Or Chadash travels to Israel for two weeks. Many of the teens are already acquainted from their previous summer together In Israel – this translates into a deep, lasting relationship.
  • Or Chadash and Hora Goel spend two days working on an original choreography with renowned Israeli choreographer Shuki Hoffman.
  • Or Chadash and Hora Goel perform together at a gala in Kiryat Shemona.
  • Or Chadash and Hora Goel travel to Israel’s world renowned “Festival Karmiel” where over 100,000 people gather from all over the world for this annual Israeli dance festival.

2010:

  • New members of Hora Goel visit Vancouver and are billeted for 2 weeks with local teens and their families. Many of the teens are already acquainted from their previous summer together In Israel – this translates into a deep, lasting relationship.
  • Hora Goel and Or Chadash perform together at the Festival and throughout the entire community.

2011:

  • New members of Or Chadash travel to Israel for two weeks. New friendships are formed between the younger members of both groups
  • Or Chadash and Hora Goel travel to Israel’s world renowned “Festival Karmiel” where they perform on the main stage at the closing performance in front of an audience of over 20,000
  • Or Chadash and Hora Goel spend two days working on an original choreography with renowned Israeli choreographer Shuki Hoffman.
  • Or Chadash and Hora Goel perform together once again at a gala performance in Kiryat Shemona.

2012

  • Hora Goel travels to Vancouver for 10 days and are billeted with members from Or Chadash and Or Atid. Dancers continue with their friendships made from the previous summer and new friendships are formed between the younger members of both groups
  • Or Atid, Or Chadash and Hora Goel perform at the Chutzpah! Festival February 26, 2012. This performance includes Or Chadash and Hora Goel dancing Shlomo Maman's piece they had performed in Karmiel Festival the previous summer
  • Hora Goel performs and conducts workshops throughout the community

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CONTACT 
Hofit Sabi-Indyk
Festival Ha'Rikud Coordinator
604-257-5111 ext. 242
rikud@jccgv.bc.ca