As the water level of the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) continues to drop over the years, it is increasingly risky place to swim The shape of the lake makes it get deep really fast and extremely hard to return to the shore.There were 97 potential drownings at the Kinneret in 2018 where Hatzalah medics rushed to the scene on their lifesaving boat. I edited this video for United Hatzalah of Israel and as a mother, I got very emotional while handling this story.
Please share this video to remind everyone how important water safety is all year long.
I usually don’t get to share the videos that I make with with United Hatzalah of Israel because most of them are private for donors, but from time to time I get to make an important, public video such as this one, where stories like Sanaa’s are not regularly shared in the mainstream media.
Sanaa Mahameed is one of 330 Muslim volunteers of United Hatzalah who save lives daily all over Israel. I hope she inspires you with her enthusiasm and dreams, as much as she inspired me through the making this clip. Even though we haven’t yet met personally, kol ha kavod סנאא מחאמיד for all your work and letting us share your story.
Since 2015, Café Avra Productions has been working with the Cardozo Lecture Series, filming inspiring and sometimes controversial lectures on a variety of topics in Jewish thought from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo.
As written on the Cardozo Academy’s website, “Today, more than ever, Judaism should be an anchor and an inspiration. But excessive emphasis on dogma and ritual has led many to view Judaism as irrelevant and oppressive. The David Cardozo Academy was established to imbue Judaism with a new spirit – in fact, revitalizing Judaism’s original spirit as embodied by Abraham our Forefather – providing meaning and relevance to Judaism today.”
“Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo has emerged as one of the most thoughtful voices in contemporary Orthodoxy. He is a man of deep faith and wide intellectual horizons, unafraid to confront the challenges of the age with the quiet confidence of one who is attuned to the music of eternity”
Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Britain and the Commonwealth
In light of what is now taking place around the current and future status of Jerusalem, and the uncertainty in the air, I truly hope that all the wonderful initiatives that have been taking place in recent years to connect all the cultures that live here will continue strong.
I am very grateful that only two months ago, the Leichtag Foundation let me join their visits to Bethlehem, Ramallah and Jericho through a very special lens. Through the arts. Through gallery tours and museums. Through contemporary art and thinking in these three cities. I was only able to catch a small glimpse of what I saw, but the trip was inspiring and eye-opening at the least.
I wish the Leichtag Foundation a lot of success with their future work in this arena, and I hope we can all continue to connect on cultural grounds.
It was wonderful to join the team of the 3rd Jerusalem Biennale at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on November 7, 2017 where their recent exhibition “Balfour at 100” was showing to coincide with the Balfour Centennial conference.
We made a small clip to highlight the exhibition and to share the Biennale’s perspective on why it was important that British-Jewish artists could give their interpretation of what the Balfour Declaration meant to them.
It was a truly special day and conference, with an extraordinary lecture from Professor Simon Schama. (As seen above in the photo with British artist Beverly-Jane Stewart.)
We are so happy to start working again with the amazing non-profit Friends by Nature – Community Empowerment who create community garins in 8 locations around Israel, for Ethiopian-Israeli families. (You must, must visit their thriving community garden in Gedera!)
We have subtitled in English this short, recently aired news clip to introduce their very own, inspiring, Yuvi Katz on her way to the Jewish National Fund – JNF conference in New York last week.
I am very humbled to share this emotional video we produced to promote and fundraise for the upcoming “Art of Motherhood” exhibtion as part of the 2nd Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art which opens this Sukkot (Sept.24-Nov.5 2015).