Presented by The Jewish Federations of North America

  Israeli Artist Spotlight from The Jewish Federations of North America  


The America-Israel Cultural Foundation has long history of partnering with the Jewish Federations to bring Israeli art into communities across the United States and Canada. This month's artist spotlight is on a forceful young Jazz pianist, Roy Assaf, who shows off his musical range. (More about him.)

With its recently launched International Events Calendar and fast-growing Israeli Artist Network, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) is quickly becoming the premier online guide to Israeli artists and arts events worldwide. AICF’s International Calendar makes it easy to find Israeli events in your community. Its Artist Network already features media-rich profiles of more than five hundred Israeli artists, and will soon include information on thousands more. The AICF staff is also well versed in the latest happenings in Israeli culture, so if there is anything you don’t yet see online, just ask us about it.

From art exhibits to elegant dance, extraordinary classical music  to innovative underground jazz, there are hundreds of Israeli cultural events occurring throughout the United States and Canada every month, many of them sponsored by AICF.

Recent U.S. events featuring Israeli artists include:

  • Multi-platinum singer-songwriter David Broza’s sold-out concert at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue  in Washington DC
  • Artist Maya Barkai’s “Men at Work” installation, currently on display at the World Trade Center construction site in New York.
  • Israeli Musicians Play Paris, a concert program at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts featuring AICF artists Sivan Magen (harp), Renana Gutman (piano), Linor Katz (cello), Moran Katz (clarinet), and Itamar Zorman (violin)
  • Jazz trombonist Rafi Malkiel performing with Folklore Urbano in Detroit

AICF has been the lifeblood of Israeli arts and culture for more than seven decades, and has helped to establish Israel as one of the world’s richest resources for artistic talent. The thousands of artists who have benefited from AICF scholarships and other resources now work everywhere in the world—and  they share the vibrancy of their Jewish heritage wherever they go.

If you want to get involved in bringing Israeli art to your community, AICF can help! For more information, please contact Elisa Spencer-Kaplan, AICF Associate Director, at or (212) 557-1600.

Or contact Nadine Schneider at the JFNA speaker's bureau to line up AICF artists or other speakers or entertainers for your Federation-affiliated events. or 212-284-6543.

Israeli artists represented by the AICF