Who's Who at the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston
The Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston is produced by a committee of 12 volunteers, some of whom have been organizing this show for over thirty years. Together we have hundreds of years of experience performing, choreographing, and presenting Israeli folk dance. None of us is paid.
Our goal is to ensure the future of Israeli folk dancing in the Boston area by providing resources and presenting an annual show in which new generations of dancers can learn from their fellow dancers in an exciting and cooperative environment. The committee members work through the year to plan the Festival. While all of us participate in reviewing audition tapes from our performing groups, individually we focus on the specific activities it takes to make this show happen.
Aaron Beckman cuts, splices, and edits the music used by our performing dancers, and is responsible for the video record we make of each show. He also runs the dance party we hold the night before the Festival to welcome our out of town performers.
David Beckman runs the lighting during the show and coordinates with the facilities staff at Kresge auditorium.
Janie Chefitz processes ticket orders and runs the box office.
Shira Frager sends out press releases and publicity.
Susan Gruber prepares all our printed materials and is the Voice of the Festival.
Ruth Leah Kahan is one of our liaisons to the performing groups, getting them the information they need and collecting what we need from them.
George Kirby compiles all the individual dance groups' music into a single musical program, and manages the sound system during the show.
Alexis Maharam is one of our liaisons to the performing groups, getting them the information they need and collecting what we need from them. She also choreographs and teaches the show's opening and finale.
Renee Myers organizes ticket sales to groups who want to attend the performance, and sells t-shirts.
Lianne Philipp extends our outreach efforts to the next generation of Israeli folk dancers, and serves as special liaison coordinating logistics for performing groups traveling to us from far away.
Ira Vishner prepares the agenda for our meetings, keeps the day of the show on track, and solves problems.
Rina Wagman manages our Festival Honoree of the Year and other fundraising programs.