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Israel's History Through the Lens of the Eurovision Contest with Ilan Vitemberg

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St San Francisco, CA, 94115 US (map)
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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy (click here for a map)

The Eurovision Song Contest, the most popular song contest in the world, is an event filled with political intrigue and high drama. Over the years, many of the songs that Israel has chosen to submit to the competition have contained secret cultural and political codes that not even all Israelis are familiar with. As a result of winning the 2018 contest, Israel is now scheduled to host the 2019 competition.

In this entertaining program, Ilan Vitemberg will explore past Israeli entries through a historical lens and explain why the Israeli government coalition almost fell three times because of the Eurovision contest.

Ilan Vitemberg, who grew up on Kibbutz Meggido, holds a degree in theatre arts focusing
on the use of drama in informal education. For the past twenty years he has been working
with children, teens, and adults in both formal and informal settings and is a proud member of the Up a Tree Puppetry duo.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.