Celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut The Victory of Israeli Music: From “Hallelujah” to “Toy”

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Presented by: Bender JCC of Greater Washington, Edlavitch EDCJCC, Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, and the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island 


Israeli Society historically built its narrative on war and conflict, when suddenly at the end of the 70’s their narrative began to change. Culturally, Israel was growing and evolving in many ways, even landing them two consecutive victories in the Eurovision song contest.


How does culture reflect Israeli society and how do you create change via culture? Can culture change a narrative?

Join us for a special Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration as we host Doron Medalie, a key figure in the Israeli music industry, as he tells us the story of Israel, the culture and the music that put Israel on the map.


About Our Featured Speaker: 

An Israeli songwriter, composer and artistic director, Doron Medalie’s song “Toy” won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018Throughout his career, he held senior positions in the television and music industry in Israel including Artistic Director of the Israel’s “Pop Idol”; Director of the Israel’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, Director of “Israel’s Grammy Awards” and many more prominent roles. Over the years, Medalie has become one of the most successful song writers in Israel, having written over 480 songs, among them smash hits like “Tel Aviv Ya Habibi Tel Aviv”, “Golden Boy”, “Mahapecha Shel Simcha”, and “Shevet Achim Yeachayot”. He has won numerous prestigious music awards at Israel’s Cultural enterpriseMedalie lives in Tel Aviv and continues to create, write and compose the soundtrack of Israel.


This program is proudly supported by the Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator, made possible by the generosity of several committed donors. 

Cost: No Cost

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