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Michael O'Malley  |  December 18, 2011

Jewish Federation helping to bring Israeli artists to Cleveland

The Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company from Israel, a colorful troupe featuring ballet, contemporary dance, mime and acrobatics, will perform at the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29.

The show is presented by Dance Cleveland with support from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Through corporate and private donations, the federation last month established a program to help bring Israeli arts to Cleveland, working with the city's academic and art venues.

So far it has helped bring the following artists from Israel: singer Yasmin Levy, who performed at the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Alon Yavnai jazz quintet, which performed at Severance Hall; and novelist Amos Oz, who lectured at Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University.

In March, the Cleveland International Film Festival will feature films from Israel.

"We want to let our neighbors know that Israel is a very culturally vibrant place," said federation President Stephen Hoffman. "It's not just about the headlines you see about the conflict."

For ticket information on the Israeli dance troupe, call the PlayhouseSquare box office at 216-241-6000 or 1-866-546-1353.

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