Yara Kassem Mahajena
Dr. David Sperber, the head of the Curatorial Studies Program at the Schechter Institutes in Jerusalem, is a curator, art scholar, and critic of contemporary art. He specializes in contemporary Jewish art and art created in Israel, and in the relations between art and religion. Until recently, he served as a postdoctoral associate at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University where he also taught in the Art History Department. Dr. Sperber is currently a research fellow at the David Hartman Center for Intellectual Leadership at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and a member of the HUC-JIR Israel Rabbinical Program in Jerusalem. In 2012, he curated the international exhibition ‘Matronita: Jewish Feminist Art’ at the Mishkan Le’Omanut, Museum of Art, Ein Harod in Israel. His book ‘Devoted Resistance: Jewish Feminist Art in the US and Israel’ will be published by the Hebrew University Magnes Press.
Nurit Jacobs-Yinon, the owner of ‘Aluma Films’, is an artist and curator, film director and producer, and co-founder of the Women in Film and Television-Israel Forum. The trilogy of exhibitions she created ‘Inclusion and Exclusion’ – ‘A Tale of a Woman and a Robe’ (2013), ‘Mamzerim: Labeled and Erased’ (2017), and ‘Hebrew Suffragists: 100 Years’ (2019) – is an activist-artistic quest that included exhibitions, films, books, and social activity. Her films have been shown at numerous festivals and screenings in Israel and worldwide and won many awards. Her film ‘Nazareth Cinema Lady’ won Best Film Award at the 2016 Epos Film Festival, her film ‘Covenant-Brit’ won Best Documentary Award at the Religious Film Festival in Trento, Italy in 2007, and the film ‘A Tale of a Woman and a Robe’ was awarded the Best Free Style Award of the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum in 2013.