Art & Culture in Israel: Nalaga’at Center

Have you heard that the Mizel Museum has crafted a one-of-a-kind art and culture trip to Israel? The trip is scheduled for October 23- November 2, 2011 and we’re currently taking reservations!

The itinerary is distinct from other trips to Israel in that an Israeli insider, our tour guide Ayelet Danielle Aldouby, has carefully selected destinations — art studios, collections and galleries — that are off the beaten path. Those who feel inspired to make art will have the opportunity to participate in several hands on art workshops, too.

Almost immediately upon arrival we’ll be propelled outside of our American comfort zone to experience the extraordinary Nalaga’at Center, where we’ll eat dinner in the dark while watching and listening to blind and deaf theater performers. The Nalaga’at (meaning “do touch”) Center was founded on the basic belief that every human being has the right to contribute to the society he lives in. So it is a place for deaf people, blind people, deaf-blind people, and the seeing and hearing public to meet and conduct an artistic, experiential, cultural and egalitarian dialogue. In learning about the Center, I read testimonial after testimonial, of how truly awe-inspiring the performance and experience at Nalaga’at is.

If the idea of eating dinner and watching a performance in the dark sounds slightly distressing to you, you’re not alone. The premise of the Nalaga’at Center is based on that very probability, and they assure you that your experience will be only positive and maybe even transforming. They tell us, “The Nalaga’at Center enables the visiting public to connect with the difference and deficiency inherent in each and every one of us, and develops values of attentiveness, observation, and tolerance that lead to personal and social change and acceptance of the different from a position of power and strength”

Personally I’m looking forward to resting my eyes and letting my nose and taste buds do the work. When you see me with a spot on my shirt, you’ll know where it came from.

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