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Master Poetry Class with Dr. Rachel Korazim: “Shirim BeAshdodit: The Poetry of Sami Chetrit”

Thursday, February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

In the newly established state of Israel in the 50s and 60s of the previous century Jewish immigrants from Arab countries were met with hostility and degradation by the majority of Israeli society. Sami Chetrit, in his poems, portrays the identity conflicts these immigrants encountered and the ways the Arab-Jewish identity is still a complex model in modern Israel (though much more present and expressed in recent years by poets, philosophers, and artists in the Israeli cultural space). Join us for another amazing program with Rachel Korazim and our special guest Sami Shalom Chetrit.

Sami Shalom Chetrit is a teacher, poet, writer and filmmaker. Chetrit was born in Morocco, raised in Israel and lives in New York City. He’s been writing and publishing poetry for thirty years, and published five books of poetry in Hebrew and one translations collection in English – Jews, by Cervana Brava, Boston. His poetry book Shirim BeAshdodit (Poems in Ashdodian) became a best seller in Israel where a musical show has been conducted based on the poems. Chetrit also published a novel, Doll’s Eye, by Hargol-Am Oved, Tel-Aviv (2007). Doll’s Eye was published in English translation by Xlibris in the US (2013). Chetrit’s known scholarly book in English – Intra-Jewish Conflict in Israel: White Jews, Black Jews – was published by Rutledge, London 2011. Chetrit produced and directed three documentary films. The recent one – Shattered Rhymes: the Life and poetry of Erez Bitton – is about the renowned Moroccan born Israeli poet, inspiration to Chetrit’s generation in Israel. Chetrit teaches Hebrew and Middle Eastern studies at Queens College, CUNY.

Dr. Rachel Korazim is a powerful speaker and a freelance Jewish education consultant specializing in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education. She is involved with Jewish education worldwide; creating and implementing in-service training programs for educators, writing educational materials, counseling and teaching. As one of the founders and directors of a special program for Israeli soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds, she was responsible for creating the educational framework and training teachers for the implementation of the program. Born in Israel, she served in the I.D.F. as an officer in the central training base for women and was later a member of the I.D.F. delegation to Niger (West Africa). She is a graduate of Haifa University with a Ph.D. in Jewish education.

There is no fee. This event is held virtually on Zoom. For more information, contact Program Director Ilene Tatro at itatro@cbisd.org.

ZOOM LINK INFO, PASSWORD: 866817: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89113942336?pwd=U2tnMElhZXhoRGlrUEFSOEswSFIxZz09

CSP Partners: Beth Israel (San Diego, CA), Brotherhood Synagogue (Gramercy Park, NYC), Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, CA, Shomrei Torah Synagogue (San Fernando Valley, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), University Synagogue (Irvine, CA), Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA) & Walnut Street Synagogue (Chelsea, MA)


Thursday, February 3
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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