Tag Archives: israeli


Shabbat Khayal

The informant is an Israeli American who grew up practicing traditions from both her Israeli and Persian culture. She describes a custom surrounding the sending off and return of teenagers who are drafted as soldiers. The informant recalls one of these parties that she attended when she was young. Shabbat Khayal is an Israeli tradition… Continue Reading »

Henna Celebration

The informant is an Israeli American who grew up practicing traditions from both her Israeli and Persian culture. She describes an Israeli bridal shower and all of her favorite parts of it. Around a wedding time, a few weeks before there kind of all that build up around the bride and groom and the wedding takes a lot of… Continue Reading »

Israeli Folk Dance: Hora Aggadati

Link to Video: Hora Aggadati My informant currently teaches Israeli folk dancing on a volunteer basis at Congregation B’nai B’rith, a synagogue in Santa Barbara, California. Every Friday night, after services, some of the congregants will participate in Israeli folk dancing. Informant’s description of dance: “Hora Aggadati is possibly the first true Israeli folk dance, whose origins… Continue Reading »

Israeli Folk Dance: Mayim, Mayim

Link to Video: Mayim, Mayim My informant currently teaches Israeli folk dancing on a volunteer basis at Congregation B’nai B’rith, a synagogue in Santa Barbara, California. Every Friday night, after services, some of the congregants will participate in Israeli folk dancing. Informant’s description of dance: “‘Mayim, Mayim’ (Hebrew for ‘Water, Water’) was created in 1938 to commemorate… Continue Reading »

Israeli Folk Dance: Shir Al Etz

Link to Video: Shir Al Etz My informant currently teaches Israeli folk dancing on a volunteer basis at Congregation B’nai B’rith, a synagogue in Santa Barbara, California. Every Friday night, after services, some of the congregants will participate in Israeli folk dancing. “Shir Al Etz” is Hebrew for “On the Road.” Informant’s description of the dance: “The first… Continue Reading »