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last updated on 8/11/20...


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Hey everyone!

So many things to share with you!  Let's start with last week. 😊😊😊😊

Last week, August 6th (in North America), Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual (Global) was thrilled to dance Down Under with many of our friends from Australia!  THEY WERE AWESOME!!!

One of the good things that has come out of the current world situation is our revitalized connection to vibrant Israeli dance communities all over the globe.  Australia is a fantastic example.  We were honored to have the following wonderful leaders running part of our program: Zooz (Richelle Arber/Cindy Berg), Nirkoda (Judi Banky/Denise Borghi), Hora (Diane Grosman), and Perth (Roberta Shuchman by way of Brazil and Argentina/Gila). 

These ladies, and their supporters from Australia and all over the world, rocked the house.  There were many great moments.  But one of my favorite was when Cindy had us all "touch hands" as you can see below:

But don't just take my word for it.  Watch the recordings:  Speaker View

or Gallery View (about 34:50 in to find the Aussie portion).  Thank you so much Team OZ!

Thanks also to Marcos Abulafia for leading your new dance, Bat Shel Melech.  And to Daniela Welch for leading your new dance, Muchacha

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Next in the news department:

Chicago Israeli Dancing – Virtual Has Added A Night!

During this time while we can’t dance together physically, we have opened up an additional weekly session which began on Tuesday, August 11.  It is called Chicago Israeli Dancing – Virtual (Local) under the direction of Penny Brichta.  It runs from 7-9PM Central time.  Penny has moved her highly successful Israeli Dance Beginner’s Virtual class from Wednesday nights to Tuesdays.  From 7-8PM, Penny will continue to run her Beginner’s class which is focused on easier dances and beginner level teaching.  Starting at 8PM there will be segments led by local Israeli dance leaders.  Included in the session will be the teaching of one intermediate/advanced dance, with an emphasis on the Chicago repertoire.   (new flyer  below).  Thanks and Kol Hakavod Penny for your leadership and all that you do for Chicago Israeli Dancing!

Meanwhile, Chicago Israeli Dancing – Virtual (Global) will continue on Thursday nights under the direction of Phil Moss.  The times will remain the same, (7PM-11:30PM Central), and we will continue to start off with a segment led by Penny that will include many of the dances she has been teaching in her Beginner’s session.  And we will continue to feature segments run by Chicago leaders, as well as markidim/markidot from across the US and from various places around the world.  The excitement continues with participants from all over!!!

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Global Marathon 2! - Now seems like as good a time to ask you to save the date for Machol Merkaz 2020 - Virtual/ Worldwide Israeli 24 Hour Dance Marathon 2!  ❤❤❤  I am very sorry to say that Machol Merkaz 2020 has been cancelled. 😢😢.  So plan to experience Machol Merkaz Virtual during the marathon with leaders from all over the world!  October 24th-25th (Chicago time).  Much more to follow.

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This Week - this week, August 13, we look forward to dancing with almost the entire CID-Virtual (Global) project team.  It is great to be getting the band back together.  We will also be honored to have Rina Rinkewich present her new dance (see below) and to have a return appearance by Shira and Michael!

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A New App For Sending Us Your Dance Requests
Chicago Israeli Dancing is piloting a new app for making Israeli Dance requests, courtesy of
David Karger
. The app runs from your browser. You don't need to download anything. All you have to do is follow the link below. Go ahead and enter your requests for this week's August 13th session. We will try to incorporate some into this week's playlist.
David writes:
"We're trying out a new app to let you manage requests at your dance sessions. We'll collect requests for the two days before the session, and use them to help us choose what to play. The link is . Once you log in and choose your session (Chicago Israeli Dance), you'll be able to mark dances you'd like to request---as well as seeing everyone else's requests so you can upvote them.  Additional detail: make sure to check in to the session as well, so the leaders see your requests."
David Karger is a dancer and computer scientist in Boston; he thought this would be a good lockdown hobby project. He'd love feedback and feature requests to
Thanks for your efforts David!
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Program To Honor Yonatan Karmon z"l
Hey all, a few weeks ago at CID-Virtual, in conjunction with preparations for this program we made: Haro'a Haktana - Danced at CID - Virtual on 7/2

The program was simply wonderful!  Kol Hakavod to all who were involved in it.  Here is the video that was prepared for the occasion:
Yonatan Karmon z"l Memorial Program  If you go about 14 minutes from the end, you will see the segment with our 15 seconds of fame.  But I strongly encourage you to watch the whole thing.  Simply wonderful.  And when the Zoom recording is available, I will share it here.
Origins Of Israeli Dance - The Yemenite Step

If you haven't yet seen this 10 minute video by Shmulik Gov-Ari, I strongly encourage you to check it out.  He did a great job and it is very informative.  Shmulik Video

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Looking forward to seeing you all Thursday night.
Be safe

In this section:

Announcements/Shout Outs

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At Chicago Israeli Dancing - Virtual, you'll have noticed greater participation from Chicago leaders.  We'll still have a great mix of dances as chosen by all our national and international leaders, but more of the dances will be known to those who dance with us in Chicago.  Penny will continue to lead classic/beginner dances starting at 7PM Central time.  Oldies will be sprinkled throughout the program, rather than in a dedicated set.

And speaking of beginners:  BEGINNERS VIRTUAL SESSION - in other great news, Penny is continuing her beginner's virtual session that she started on April 29th.  But on August 11, she moved it to Tuesday nights and in a new format.  It runs from 7-9PM Central Time!  Please spread the word!


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This week's shout outs: 

 What you Need to Know About This Week's Virtual Session (8/13/20)

NEW SECURITY MEASURES: Please update to the latest version of Zoom.

Effective immediately, we are using a new zoom link, or meeting ID and pswd.  But before you try to enter, please make sure that when you log in, you enter your name and location.  You will be placed in the waiting room, but you will only be admitted if we can verify your identity.

With major thanks to Aaron Alpert, if you need help in figuring out how to enter the right information (which you must do before you actually try to join the Zoom), please go to the following link, which he prepared for Zoom Cali.  But the same principles apply for us.  Zoom Help Doc

If you find yourself stuck in the waiting room, you can reach out to Phil via WhatsApp. (info below in the Our WhatsApp Group section)

 zoom link Or if you log in from the app, Meeting ID: 898 8860 6377  PSWD = 376030

Here's the plan/schedule/hope:

7PM:         Classic Israeli dances presented by Penny
7:30PM:    Segments led by most of the rest of the CID - Virtual team including: Rina R., Stuart, Nina, Gabi/Mayla, Sarah, Latishya and Aaron.

Deb will be on LOA but will be back soon.  😊

Rina Rinkewich will be teaching her new dance, Scalerica De Oro.  Here is your homework!  video

Leaving these up for another week, here is Muchacha, a new line dance created by Daniela Welch (Carina's daughter) and danced with MajolMX.  Here is the video.
  And here is Bat Shel Melech, by Marcos Abulafia from Argentina.  Here is the video.

We'll continue until 11:30 or so.


We'll take schmooze breaks between segments.  And we'll also try getting to requests as well.

A few reminders:

·       open the chat window as soon as you get in the room so you can reach out publicly and/or privately.  And enable yourself for closed captioning.  We post the dances being played both in CC and the chat...

·       please please please open your video if at all possible.  So much of this whole endeavor is about community and being togethe Even if you don't dance, it is way better when we can all see each other.


If you can't log in, go to the end of this post to see my approach to communicating with everyone.


If you feel like making a financial contribution to help support this endeavor, you can use PayPal or Chase Quickpay (Zelle) ( or Venmo (PhilipBMoss)


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On behalf of our entire team, thanks so much for participating and being part of our virtual community at this time.

Be Safe,

Phil Moss


When there is plenty of time, I send you newsletters through this  And I update this website,

My fastest and easiest (and INTERACTIVE) way to communicate is via our Facebook group, Chicago Israeli Folk Dancing 

And also, for brief text messages, I use our WhatsApp group. (If you want to be added, please send me a message on WhatsApp to 3125198669.)

So please keep these tools in mind when you look for information from me.  To reach me, please use my email address or my cell (located in the flyer at the top of the newsletter.)

Find Out How To Order The 24 Hour Worldwide Israeli Dance Marathon Commemorative T-Shirt!

Order Your T-Shirt Here Using This Link!

Hello Israeli Dancers from around the world!  What a thrill it was to dance with you during the first ever 24 Hour Worldwide Israeli Dance Marathon, which was held on April 13-14, 2020. Thank you for being part of this global community.  And thanks to those of you who made contributions to the charities selected by the marathon leaders.

As a charitable follow-on, and for some additional fun, we are very pleased to offer you this opportunity to order the 24 Hour Worldwide Israeli Dance Marathon t-shirt.  With your purchase, not only will you be getting a nice keepsake, you will also be helping the World Health Organization (WHO) as it combats the pandemic.  We’re looking forward to seeing lots of you wearing this shirt in one of the upcoming dance sessions!

These most excellent t-shirts
 are made-to-order (in your selected size, color, and t-shirt style). It takes between 7 and 14 business days after a campaign closes for shirts to arrive. By the way, Bonfire, our awesome vendor, CAN SHIP INTERNATIONALLY, so be the first one in your village to get this great shirt.

The campaign has reopened.  It will take 7-14 days from the next campaign end date for delivery. 

Please share this message with others. This offer is open to the Worldwide Israeli Dance community, and for anyone who wants to participate in our fundraiser!

(PLEASE NOTE that the proceeds will flow through Machol Merkaz and then be gifted directly to WHO)

How To Order Our Way Cool T-shirt: Chicago Israeli Dancing - We Dance Virtually Anywhere

Be the first one on your block to get yours! (Even if you don’t see anyone on your block.) 😀😀😀
Courtesy of ‎Carol Lezberg Neiger‎
Hi everyone. As well all now know, painfully too well, the ever-changing developments related to the Coronavirus have been devastating and challenging for all of us. Businesses and communities around the world have had to change plans, close-up shop, cancel events, work from home, etc.
In an effort to keep us all safe, and still together virtually, Chicago Israeli Dancing has begun to hold its weekly Thursday night session via Zoom conferencing. By all accounts, our, inaugural session on March 19th and follow up on March 26th were great successes. People were thrilled just to “be with each other,” to interact, lift their spirits, and to get their Israeli dance fix. So we plan to keep it going.
And to add some additional fun, as well as to support our camp, Machol Merkaz (which we are praying to be able to conduct starting on October 22), we are very pleased to offer you this opportunity to order our new Chicago Israeli Dancing T-shirt. With your purchase, not only will you be getting a nice keepsake, you will also be helping people to participate in our great camp, whenever we will be able to conduct it. (You can be sure that the need for scholarship assistance will jump dramatically this year.) In addition, we’re looking forward to seeing lots of you wearing this shirt in one of our upcoming dance sessions!
These t-shirts are made-to-order (in your selected size, color, and t-shirt style). It takes between 7 and 14 business days after a campaign closes for shirts to arrive.The campaign has reopened.  You will receive your shirt  7-14 days from the end of the current campaign.  Please share this message with others. This offer is open to the world-wide Israeli Dance community who we now welcome as members of Chicago Israeli Dancing – Virtual. 📷
Thanks in advance and stay safe.
Phil Moss and Penny Brichta (session leaders), Carol Neiger (Marketing Director

Important Info About Our New Home, Beth Emet Congregation
Parking is on the west side of the building (1224 Dempster in Evanston).  Overflow street parking is available on Asbury.  Entrance is on Dempster (use the first door you get to just east of the parking lot).  Press the doorbell and stay in front of the camera, and be prepared to use the door on the right once you are buzzed in.  (Hold the door carefully so that it doesn't slam shut.)  Go up the stairs, turn to the left and then go down the stairs to the Weiner Room.

Someone will be available to buzz you in until 10:30PM.  If you come after that, you can try the doorbell, and if that doesn't work,you can try calling me but there is no guarantee that I'll see the call.  Try reaching me at 312.519.8669 because my other number does not work in the Weiner Room. Or try reaching me via email,  I do receive that in the room, but I can only check it occasionally.

Regarding the floor, please make sure to wear non-scuff shoes like you would on a wood gymnasium floor (this one is vinyl).  We need to take good care of this floor and building!


Our Whatsapp Group

I have concluded that it would be a good thing for me to have a way to reach everyone quickly from time to time.  So I have created a group called Chicago Israeli Dancing.  I plan to use this group very sparingly.  It is meant for instant communication, without requiring people to be looking at FaceBook.  I have added people who are already WhatsApp contacts of mine, but I am missing many of you.   So if you would like to be included, please find me on WhatsApp at 312.519.8669.  Then message me and ask to be added.  Also, I will use this group only for messages that I intend for everyone to see.  I ask that you all do the same.  Thx

Our Facebook Group

I wanted to remind you all to make sure to join our Facebook Group, Chicago Israeli Dancing. This is the easiest way for me to quickly reach you and it is also the way that you can interact online with the rest of the group.

Chicago Israeli Dancing on Facebook