Anna Morochnik is the Exhibition Director of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art from 2009 to 2014 and co-founder of the “Spasibo” studio.
We spoke about what a Biennale is and its meaning in Russian, which is different than an art fair. Why the Curator is the leading figure. and what are the most famous bienniales in the world?
It was interesting to hear about the art world and the impact of such exhibitions on countries. Thank you, Anna and Shishi Shabbat Yisraeli!
Psychologist and journalist Eva Levit spoke about the importance of words and speech in our lives.. We listened to interesting examples of this in the Torah, and how words can change outcomes and channel positive energy. We learned why the Jewish sages believed that silence is good for the body, about the power of intention in prayer and positive thoughts. This online talk gave us a charge of positive energy and methods to develop and preserving it, based on examples from Jewish history and tradition.
A lot of people studying a foreign language face issues with writing. This fear of a white sheet does not depend on students' knowledge of the language knowledge, but lack of useful strategies. We organized an excellent lecture with the English teacher Polina Dokutovich to help people with this challenge. She gave excellent tips regarding overcoming our insecurities and writing good text in English.
What is balance in life, how do we divide our energies among the different areas of life, and what are the signs that we are balanced? And how do physical balance exercises benefit both our bodies and our minds?
Margarite Soskina, and new Olah herself, gave us practical advice and showed us exercises to begin and advance with.
The history of the development of a city not only about architecture, roads, and infrastructure, but the rhythm of its socio-cultural development - changes in its people who breathe the same air, walk the same streets. On this excursion we got acquainted with the cult places of Tel Aviv from a new perspective. Inna Gorstein shared Tel Aviv’s history through the eyes of its people – including public protests, trends in seeking freedoms and their boundaries.
I think it is very important to raise such complex issues. As a recent new Olah, I have practically no other opportunity to learn about these events. And knowing about them is important to properly understand peoples’ intentions and actions.
Our excellent tour guide Max Izikson gave us a webinar on different attitudes towards Zionism and the State of Israel, from the radical Neturei Karta to Religious Zionists, secular Jews and post-Zionists.
He reviewed the history of each controversy, their appearance in Israel, and changes in their relationships over time.
We learned about Zionism in the 19th Century and each groups’ decisions to move to the Holy Land. Then he spoke about the modern attitudes towards Israel, the separation of religion and state, and famous, influential rabbis on Israeli society, such as Rabbi Kook, Moshe Zvi Sigal, Chazon Ish and others
This webinar allowed participants to understand different populations, their commonalities and their differences.
Haim Neimark has degrees in theoretical maths, sociology, economics and 22 years of informal educational teaching.
It is hard to understand your present without knowing your past. That is why Haim started his lecture from the times of the Second Temple, talking about the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the Essenees. To make it easier for us, he built a tree with one trunk and many many branches, which grew for centuries up to the present, explaining to us why now we have so many streams of Judaism and what role they play in our history and present life.
It's amazing how little we know about the history of our ancestors. For me, it was especially interesting to learn about how Jews lived during the times of the first Muslim dynasties. I am also grateful for learning the differences between the Orthodox and Conservative streams.
I learned that stretching is a multifunctional tool for developing body and mind. We discussed the benefits, how to stretch correctly and how it helps to cope with stress. We learned how to stop slouching, and reinforced the theoretical knowledge with practice exercises. Margarita gave us simple, useful, and interesting techniques for inner work and physical work with our bodies.
Famous psychologist and writer Lea Wedensky spoke to us about how to build healthy boundaries in relationships, and what criteria is needed for this. When to say yes and when to speak firmly, and in problematic situations, how not to offend your partner, but at the same time remain true to yourself. She showed us how boundaries in relationships can actually bring us closer.
Thank you! This was very interesting and useful for everyone! I learned a lot of valuable things about building boundaries and now just have to start practicing!.
In the 21st century, Tikkun Olam has become known as a universal theme in Judaism, calling for the correction of the whole world, for everyone’s benefit. But what are this term's Kabbalistic roots? How did it gain worldwide popularity?Anna Steingart spoke about this and much more during an interesting 2-hour webinar. Together with Anna, we traced the concept of Tikkun Olam through various Jewish sources over hundreds of years. Anna presented views from different sides and answered many questions.