SALON 3 will invite a group of recent Birthright Israel alumni to reunite and to relate/reconstruct their experiences and impressions of their trip in the format of a documentary theater program. A sociologist will provide a commentary after the performance, followed by an open discussion with the public. The Birthright Israel program sponsors free ten-day heritage trips for Jewish young adults from all over the world (mainly from the US) to Israel. Over 300,000 people have gone on these trips over the past thirteen years. Between 2013 and 2015, the Israeli government expects 51,000 people per year (one out of every two eligible Jews in the world) to visit through this program.
About “SALONS: Birthright Palestine?”
Organized by Public Movement, “SALONS: Birthright Palestine?” is a series of performative public debates, specifically staged as congressional sessions, summit meetings, visioning sessions, diplomatic consultations, secret gatherings, and demonstrations. Extending the exhibition beyond the museum, each salon takes place in different locations throughout Manhattan.
About Public Movement
Public Movement is a performative research group which investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. In the last five years, Public Movement has explored the regulations, forces, agents, and policies, formations of identity and systems of ritual which govern the dynamics of public life and public space. Public Movement has organized events, rituals, and political situations through consultation and collaboration with scholars, experts, and ongoing group debates and discussions. The Movement was founded in November 2006 by co-leaders Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi until August 2011 when Yahalomi assumed sole leadership. Public Movement actions take place in public space and in collaboration with art, theatre, dance, and academic institutions in Israel and abroad.
Birthright Israel participants at the Dead Sea, 2011
Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 4:00 PM