Our Teachers

Avital Burg

Avital joins us from Israel and is a painter, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. She attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, and completed a master class program at Hatahana School of Figurative Painting and Drawing, Tel Aviv. Burg currently attends the New York Studio School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Her work deals with both traditional genres and subjects from Israeli current media reports. Feel free to check out some of Avital’s work at: www.avitalburg.com

Michal Geva
Michal is an Israeli artist, living and working in New York. She was born in 1980 in Kibutz Ein-Shemer. At 2003 she attended the BFA program in Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and completed it in Beit Berrel School of Art “Hamidrasha” in Israel by 2008.
Check out some of Michal’s art at www.michalgevaart.com

Yonatan Gutfeld
Born in Jerusalem. Served as a pianist and vocalist in the IDF Air Force band. Studied music composition at the Jerusalem Music Academy and Rimon School Of Jazz, and literature at the Tel Aviv University. Collaborated as a song writer and music arranger with many artists, among them Aya Korem, Eric Berman, Miri Mesika and Dana Berger. He released his debut album, “Hamatos Shel Ha’atid” with the Eighth Note record label at 2011. Yonatan writes, performs and teaches music in NYC since 2012. He uses his singer songwriter’s love for the Hebrew language and music as much as he can as a teacher.

Eyal Hai

Eyal is happy to be teaching his second year at the School of Creative Judaism. He has been teaching both Hebrew and music in the past 6 years in many different schools and settings in NYC, and he has been enjoying the process of discovering the jewish traditions around the world, while teaching it. Growing up in Israel as a saxophone player, he played in many different settings including the Israeli funk band “Portrait”, The IDF Orchestra, the Tel-Aviv big band lead by Amikam Kimelman, and “Babetov” – his own Jazz sextet. After winning the “Jazz Player of the Year” competition, he moved to the U.S to pursue his musical career and went studying at Berklee College of Music where he got to perform with some the leading jazz musicians in the scene. He has branched out into other genres including singer-songwriter, and he created my own record label RabbitRabbitRabbit. You can see some of Eyal’s music videos at eyalhai.com

Yoni Kretzmer

Before moving to NYC in 2010, Yoni, a Jerusalem born tenor saxophonist and composer was an active member in the growing Tel Aviv nu-music scene leading various groups such as “New Dilemma” (chamber/free jazz string quintet) and “Far From Home” (free/folk quintet with two acoustic guitars). He has performed and curated many shows and festivals including October Jazz Fest, RedSea Jazz Festival and Tel Aviv Jazz festival.

Ran Livneh

Ran is a musician, upright and electric bass player, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised in Zichron Yaaqov, Israel. He graduated the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Ran is a music eductor, as well as a teacher in a number of Brooklyn and New York City synagogues.



Gal Cohen

Gal, a visual artist, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised in Israel. Gal is currently persuing her MFA in Fine Arts in Parsons: The New School.Over the last years, after graduating the B.F.A in Fine Arts from Bezalel Academy of Art&Design, Jerusalem, she studied Gender studies in Tel-Aviv University, exhibited and showed her art in exhibitions and art projects, took part in artist residencies, and curated various exhibitions. During all this time, Gal has been constantly teaching in different working frames, such as art museums, studio practice, external invited workshop, and afternoon school.



Arnan Raz
Arnan Raz was born in Kibbutz Merchavia, a small village in the north of Israel to a musical family- his grandfather was a music teacher and a painter, his uncle a famous conductor and his mom and his brother both are professional guitar players. However, until the age of 13 Arnan’s passion was soccer. Suddenly, out of nowhere and without much reason, Arnan decided that he wanted to play the saxophone. You can listen to some of Arnan’s music at arnanrazmusic.com



Dana Herz

Dana Herz is a singer, composer, and arranger, born in Jerusalem to a family of musicians.  Graduated from  the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Since a young age Dana dedicated years to explore the human voice and its power to heal and connect between people. Dana is currently leading her own band and has performed with her original music in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in Europe, Israel, and United States. Dana has been working for the past few years with groups of Israelis and Palestinians youths musicians to create safe environments and build understanding, listening, critical thinking, and break fears and prejudices.