Ayalah Goren-Kadman

Ayalah Goren-Kadman teaches, choreographs and researches the folk culture and dance of Israel’s ethnic groups (Arabs and Jews). Since 1988 she has directed the ethnic dance program of the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem.

Since the establishment of the Ethnic Dance Project, founded by Gurit Kadman in 1971, Goren-Kadman has played a leading role in its activities. From 1978 to 1990 she directed the annual regional and countryside festivals of the performing arts. She is a graduate of Hebrew University in sociology and anthropology, has delivered papers at international conferences in Israel, Hawaii, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C., and guest taught at Julliard, Barnard College, City College of CUNY, Connecticut College, University of California Los Angeles, and Stanford University. Her numerous articles about ethnic and folk dance in Israel have appeared in Hebrew and English in journals in Israel and the U.S. She has co-produced a series of ethnographic films on the traditional dances of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa.

Articles by this author

Gurit Kadman

Gurit Kadman earned fame as a pioneer of Israeli folk dancing. In Germany, she joined the Wandervogel, a youth movement that focused on German folk culture, and after she moved to Palestine she continued to learn, teach, and preserve Israeli folk dance.

Community Dance Practices in the Yishuv and Israel: 1900-2000

In order to examine the subject of women in ethnic dance in Israel (as well as pre-State Palestine), one must define the various categories that come under this heading and explain what distinguishes and what unites them. The unique mode of ethnic dance in Israel is more properly referred to as dances of various ethnic communities, encompassing both Jewish and non-Jewish ethnic groups. This article, devoted to the role of women in ethnic dance, may be divided into two primary topics: the first concerns the role, state and function of women in the dances of the various ethnic communities, and the second, individual women who contributed to the cultivation and development of ethnic dances through their work in creating, studying and organizing this field.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ayalah Goren-Kadman." (Viewed on October 21, 2020) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/goren-kadman-ayalah>.


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