Hebrew Language and Arts Week

Each guest's event is being held via Zoom at day/time noted and requires a link to participate. To get a link, email the name of the guest artist you wish to see to Naomi Kielar (naomikielar@brandeis.edu) at least 1 day prior to the event.

2020 Event Schedule

Guy Sharett: Text and the City: A virtual walk through Tel Aviv

October 19, 2020

In HebrewGuy Sharett holding a chicken

10 - 11:10 a.m. 

Guy Sharett teaches Hebrew in the Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai China. He has degrees in Linguistics of Hebrew Language. Guy, who was born in Ashdod, Israel, speaks seven languages, including Arabic, French, Thai, Indonesian and Italian, and is the presenter of the Streetwise Hebrew podcast, where he teaches Hebrew using music and pop culture, talking about slang, intonation, grammar and identity.

His presentation is called: Text and the City: A virtual walk through Tel Aviv, where we’ll decipher modern Hebrew texts. From textual graffiti, lost pet ads and stickers to manhole covers, we’ll celebrate the different cultural and linguistic layers of Israeli society. We’ll also talk about inclusive language in Hebrew, a gender specific language.

Ady Cohen, Award-Winning Film Composer

October 19, 2020

In EnglishAdy Cohen sitting in a room with computers and other music production equipment

12 - 1 p.m.


Ady Cohen is an award-winning film composer who also composes music for the stage, TV and the concert hall. Coming from a family of musicians, most of them with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Ady was naturally drawn into the music world and became a protégé of the late Maestro Leonard Bernstein at an early age. He is the recipient of many awards for his film scores. He currently is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production at the Berklee School of Music.

Maya Zinshtein: "Forever Pure" Documentary Filmmaker

October 19, 2020

In HebrewMaya Zinshtein

2 - 3:10 p.m.

Maya Zinshtein began her career as a journalist and while on assignment to follow two Chechen football players on their first day in Israel, she realized that their story was not going to end with this assignment. She started a four year journey of making a feature documentary called “Forever Pure”. The movie depicts the controversy that erupted when Beitar Jerusalem F.C., a popular Israeli football team, brought two Muslim players from Chechnya. The deal inspired the most racist campaign in Israeli sports. The movie tells a story of Israeli society and the destructive aspects of racism

This program is being supported with a grant provided by the School of Arts and Sciences Co-Curricular Fund

Maya Zinshtein: "Forever Pure" Documentary Filmmaker

October 22, 2020

In EnglishMaya Zinshtein Forever Pure poster

12 - 1:10 p.m.

Maya Zinshtein began her career as a journalist and while on assignment to follow two Chechen football players on their first day in Israel, she realized that their story was not going to end with this assignment. She started a four year journey of making a feature documentary called “Forever Pure”. The movie depicts the controversy that erupted when Beitar Jerusalem F.C., a popular Israeli football team, brought two Muslim players from Chechnya. The deal inspired the most racist campaign in Israeli sports. The movie tells a story of Israeli society and the destructive aspects of racism.

This program is being supported with a grant provided by the School of Arts and Sciences Co-Curricular Fund

Playwrights Daniel Botzer, Noa Shechter, Roey Maliach-Reshef, Shay Shabtay and Ido Setter

November 15, 2020

10 - 11:10 a.m.close up images of the playrights
Room: Mandel G11 for HBRW 164

“The Playwrights in Tzavta” is an experimental project for promoting new Israeli playwriting which expresses original, new and young creativity.

If interested, contact Sara Hascal at hascal@brandeis.edu