After earning his BA with special distinction (summa cum Laude) in P.P.E (Philosophy, Political Science and Economics) and an MA in Economics, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rami worked for a few years as an economist. At the age of 30 he decided to make a change in his life: He signed up and got accepted to the Fine Art department of Bezalel. Four years later Rami founded The Jerusalem Biennale.
Prior to that, Rami was active in the art scene of Musrara and was one of the founders of Muslala, an active artist group in Jerusalem. Read more about Muslala and Rami here. He combines in his current work entrepreneurship, curation, management and writing. Rami lives with his wife Amy and their three children in the San-Simon neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Dr. Ido Noy is an art historian and curator who specializes in Jewish art. Dr. Noy's passion for Jewish material and visual culture goes back to his first encounters with "Judaica" in the Department of Jewelry & Fashion of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (B.F.A. 2006). Since then, he has devoted himself to Jewish studies in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, first focusing on ancient Jewish art (M.A., 2012), and later on material culture associated with medieval Ashkenazi Jews (Ph.D., 2018).
Since 2012 Ido has been a member of the Center for Jewish Art at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, working on the digitalization Jewish Art database, and serving as the head of the of "Bezalel School" Documentation Project, with special interest on the creation of ritual objects before the establishment of the State of Israel and through the current 21st century in Israel. In recent years Dr. Noy has published numerous academic articles, taught at Bezalel and curated a number of Jewish Art exhibitions in Israel, including ones for the Jerusalem Biennale.
Eitam is definitely one of the most talented souls in the Jerusalem young and vibrant artists community. With specialization in branding within the arts and culture scene of Jerusalem and in Web and Print Design, Eitam is involved in almost every project in the city.
Lydia is passionate about Israel and has worked for many years with the international media, promoting tourism, culture and lifestyle in the country. Part of the founding team for the Jerusalem Biennale, Lydia is proud to represent the Biennale as it takes its rightful place in the international contemporary Jewish art scene.
Binyamin has been involved in sales, marketing, and business development for over twenty years. He has developed and implemented strategies that have helped start-ups, nonprofits and small businesses achieve greater visibility, revenue and access to new markets.
His goal for the 2019 Jerusalem Biennale is to insure that it will be the biggest artistic event in the Middle East.
Writer, Researcher and Curator
Bilski is an expert of Nineteenth and Twentieth-century art and cultural history; contemporary art; and art and Jewish culture. Bilski has published on modernism and on the interface between art, cultural history and Jewish experience, and on Contemporary Art. She has served as curator and consultant to museums in the United States, Europe and Israel. A graduate of Harvard University, she is the winner of two national Jewish Book Awards. She is editing the volume of Martin Buber's writings on art for the complete edition of his work.
Curator of Jewish Art and Life, The Israel Museum Jerusalem
Weiser-Ferguson curated many shows and has published books and articles, among them: "Divine Image: depicting God in Jewish and Israeli Art" (2006), "Forging Ahead: Wolpert and Gumbel, Israeli Silversmiths for the Modern Age" (2012), and "Pointing the Way: Women Design Ceremonial Objects" (2013).
Founder and Owner, Rosenbach Contemporary, Jerusalem
Rosenbach served as the CEO and main auctioneer (licensed in New York) of a leading auction house in Israel. His understanding of the makeup and potential of the U.S. market led to the establishment of Stein Rose Fine Art in New York. Rosenbach decided to concentrate his efforts on strengthening the conversation surrounding contemporary Israeli art in Jerusalem and established Rosenbach Contemporary on King David St., one of the only private galleries in Jerusalem to exhibit and promote contemporary Israeli art.
Senior Consultant for Arts and Culture, Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat
Dissenchik served as the CEO of Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center and a personal Consultant of Tel Aviv's Mayor Shlomo Lahat. After she had successfully completed a few major arts and culture projects in Tel Aviv, Dissenchik was hired by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
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Independent Curator and writer
Cardozo, who grew up in New York City as a member of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue community, has curated shows for the Bronx Museum of Art, the Yeshiva University Museum and more. As Curator of the Cecil Roth Collection at the Beth Tzedec Museum in Toronto, she helped to create the Judaica gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum. She is one of the founders of Toronto's Ashkenaz Festival of New Jewish Culture, that showcases the work of leading contemporary artists from Canada and around the world working in music, film, theatre, dance, literature, craft and visual arts.
Founder and Director, The Jerusalem Biennale
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Shaike El Ami was born in July 1959 on the religious kibbutz Sa’ad. He is married with four children. He has a BA in History and Jewish Philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MA in Jewish Philosophy from Schechter Institute. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the IDF. He has been the Director of a Community Council since 1998, and of Ginot Ha’ir Community Council since 2001.
Dani has been the director of BEIT AVI CHAI in Jerusalem for 7 years and previously- deputy director of AVI CHAI Israel. Dani is married and the father of three. He has a B.A. and an M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Dani worked for many years as a consultant for educational systems and as a group facilitator. The positions he has held include: director of a central educational unit and personnel development and training officer at Melitz; director of educational planning in the Jerusalem municipal education department; team leader at the Association for the Advancement of Community Education; and coordinator of educational projects for the Jerusalem Foundation.
Bracha has extensive experience in growing organizations, working with lay leadership, fundraising and connecting Americans and Israelis. She is a Founding Partner at E.B. Zuriel Solutions, Inc, serving Israeli and US organizations as well as Jewish federations and non-profits in project management, creating cross cultural connections, improving their fund raising, volunteer development, strategic visioning, etc.
Dov Abramson is Jerusalem-based designer and artist whose work explores the tensions in contemporary Jewish and Israeli identity and culture. A graduate of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, he was awarded the Felheim Typography Award for his attempt to re-design the classic Talmud page. Dov's work can be found in the collections of the Israel Museum, the Jewish Museum in New York, and The Ein Harod Art Museum. He lives in the Katamonim neighborhood with his wife Sarit and their three daughters.
Originally from Manalapan, New Jersey, Emma is The Jerusalem Biennale’s Wikipedia Platform Designer. Emma currently attends Temple University where she will receive her Bachelors degree as an English major. This is Emma’s second time in Israel, in accordance with Jinternship. Emma has been working with The Jerusalem Biennale since May and will continue her work until July where she will return back to Philadelphia to work at the Museum Of The American Revolution.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Hailey is The Jerusalem Biennale’s Website Designer. She recently graduated from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelors in Psychology, Art and Business. This will be her third time in Israel in accordance with the Onward Arts & Culture program.
Originally from the Bronx in New York, Eliana is The Jerusalem Biennale’s Archive and Demographics Platform Designer. Eliana currently attends Tulane University in New Orleans where she works at The Newcomb Art Museum on campus. Eliana plans to graduate with a Bachelors in International Relations. She is 20 years old and this is her third time in Israel in accordance with the Onward Arts & Culture program.
Originally from Southfield, Michigan, Audrey works as The Jerusalem Biennale’s Social Media Coordinator. Audrey is 19 years old and currently attends Brandeis University in Boston. She plans on graduating with a Bachelors in Psychology and Art History. This will be Audrey’s second time in Israel in accordance with the Onward Boston program.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Andrew is The Jerusalem Biennale’s Marketing Planner. Andrew recently graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a Bachelors degree in Arts Management. Andrew recently worked with Screen Vision Media with a concentration in film. Being his second time in Israel, Andrew is a part of JIntership and will continue to work for The Jerusalem Biennale through August.