Presented by Ilan Vitemberg 

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Yehuda Amichai’s first book of poetry, published in 1955, created a revolution in Israeli poetry, using common language to delve deeply into the most profound subjects: war, memory, and love. This session will explore how Amichai’s experiences informed his poetry, and how his poetry influenced a generation of Israeli composers who turned his poetry into popular Israeli songs.

Ilan Vitemberg was born and raised on Kibbutz Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley in Northern Israel. He graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a degree in theatre arts focusing on the use of drama in informal education. During his decades of work with children, teens, and adults, he has served as the director of the Diller Teen Fellows program, director of the Israel Education Initiative, and director of education support services at the Bureau of Jewish Education/Jewish LearningWorks. He is currently an independent educational consultant at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. He lives in Oakland with his husband, Peter, with whom he also performs as a member of the Up A Tree Puppetry duo.

This program is made possible, in part, by Anne Germanacos.