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

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.

Eli Schoenfeld

Eli Schoenfeld is an American-Isreali multidisciplinary actor, singer, musician, and theater-maker. Eli trained at the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in Jerusalem and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, where he completed his MA in Theatre Lab. His work has received numerous awards, and he has worked in various performative modalities in Israeli television, theatre, and film.

In addition to performing, Eli is also an experienced educator, and has taught Hebrew and Jewish themes to groups and individuals of all ages at Ulpanim, schools, and privately in Israel, the UK and the US. Eli teaches using unique, personal, student-focused approaches while drawing on his extensive performance training. Eli is also a RYT, and has taught Yoga, meditation, and performance in a variety of settings. He recently moved from Israel to NYC, and makes his home in Brooklyn.

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.

Ali Spechler
Ali Shrago-Spechler is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator from Hollywood, Florida and the recipient of the 2017 Naomi Anolic Emergent Artist Award. Through painting, performance, and installation, her work explores the tradition and ritual of religion, nationalism, and bureaucracy and the allegiance required to participate. She founded A Whole New Megillahan annual Purim party series that incorporates her paintings, interactive sculptures and musical collaborations into an adapted Megillah reading performance and was featured in Time Out New York Magazine.Ali Shrago-Spechler received her BFA in Painting and Art History from Pratt Institute and her MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2016. She has taught lectures, workshops, classes, and camps at various institutions in South Florida and NYC, including the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, MASS MoCA and the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Ali lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Yonatan Mishal

Yonatan H. Mishal is an urban explorer, writer and art journalist. Born in Chicago, raised in Israel, now living and working in New York City.

Yonatan studied at Minshar in Tel Aviv, and received his diploma in photography studies, then competed his degree at Hamidrasha school of fine arts.

His art projects connect art, education and urbanism, using the city landscape as a platform to introduce ideas and create discussions, such as his ongoing project “found on the streets”, showing notes and symbols people leave behind in the city.

Mishal is a staff member of Erev-Rav online art magazine and ‘Banditka’ art and culture magazine in Israel, and has interviewed over 50 Israeli artists and curators throughout his years of work.

Aside form teaching, Yonatan gives tours in New York, and is part of www.CTLV.org.il in Tel Aviv

You can follow him and his whereabouts on the photo-blog “where have I been today” or @spaceb0y1 on instagram