The future of Israeli dance!… a humble plea :)

Hello my dancing friends,

Many of you know about the work I do all year to engage children and young adults in Israeli dancing and to inspire in them a love of Israeli dance that will remain strong throughout their lives. I’m dedicated to exposing them to the larger world of Israeli dance even they meet me in the context of summer camp or hebrew school or wherever – I don’t want them to walk away from the summer or semester thinking, “That’s a camp thing,” or “That’s a kid thing”… As just one instance of recent, local proof, any of you who were at David Dassa’s Thanksgiving marathon in L.A. last month know that I managed to bring SIXTY YOUNG ADULTS to dance!! There were literally two kids in the room who were under 25 years old that were not there because of my efforts!

If you support this work, and me, and the future of Israeli dancing, I hope you’ll consider making a contribution to New Community Jewish High School, earmarked for the Israeli dance program. This way, your money goes directly to supporting our shared passion AND you get the benefit of the tax deduction!!

I have big plans and many ideas for how to increase youth involvement in Israel dance and I appreciate your help – donations of ANY size are sincerely appreciated!!

You can send a check to:
New Community Jewish High School
22622 Vanowen St
West Hills, CA 91307
and be sure to write “Israeli dance program” or my name on the Memo line…

OR you can donate online at and remember to put “Israeli dance program” or my name in the Comments section or under the “In Honor Of” field.



About Erica

Erica Goldman began Israeli dancing in New York as a child alongside her father, another folk dance fanatic. After many years performing with several New England area Israeli dance troupes, she branched out into other kinds of folk dance as a member of the Mandala Folkdance Ensemble and then the Collage Dance Ensemble, with whom she competed at the Golden Karagöz Folk Dance Competition in Turkey in 2003. In 2004, Erica spent the summer as the Dance Director of Camp Alonim (at the then Brandeis-Bardin Institute), a Jewish overnight camp where Israeli dancing is truly an obsession among the campers. She was hooked; after working for nearly eight years for a software company in Boston, she quit her job and moved to L.A. and has been teaching Israeli dance nearly full-time ever since, both in the US and abroad. Erica was the Israeli dance teacher at New Community Jewish High School in Los Angeles and also coordinated their Israel exchange programs with three high schools in Tel Aviv until 2014 when she returned to the East Coast for grad school. A grateful Wexner Fellow, Erica earned her MBA from the Heller School and her MA in the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University, and now is Director of Program and Operations at JPRO Network. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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