At Temple Israel, we dance for fun and celebration, and you are welcome to join our circle.
Dance with us on Sundays from 10:05am-11am, on Wednesdays from 6p-7p, and after services on Family Shabbat nights. Beginners are welcome at all sessions. Please check our online calendar for exact dates.
Israeli Folk Dancing was designed to be inclusive and accessible. Many early dances revolved around biblical stories (all Jews share the Torah as their common religious text), around Eretz Yisrael (the land was communal; a homeland for all Jews), or around the solidarity of the community. The early choreographers of Israeli Folk Dancing borrowed from many cultures. The debka, an energetic dance done in short lines, is originally Arabic. The Hora comes from Romania. Some other Eastern European styles also found their way into Israeli Folk Dancing, especially the dance styles preserved by the Hassidim, a sect of ultra-orthodox Jews. Because these dances were designed to encourage community and equality, most had relatively simple structures and a circular formation. (adapted from “A Brief History of Israeli Folk Dancing” by Aaron Alpert.)