Research & Production of materials
IDI produces dance materials related to Jewish Festivals and educational topics (e.g. the environment, peace, Jerusalem – the holy city, Respect and Dignity, Dancing the Songs, Colours of Israel, Bereishit - Creation) as well as general materials for use by folk dance teachers. IDI has now produced a "core curriculum" for use in Primary/Elementary Schools.
Workshops and Courses
IDI runs both occasional weekend workshops (not on Shabbat) and the Machol Europa summer course, which provides an opportunity for teachers and enthusiasts from the UK and more than 20 countries worldwide to come and learn together and share their passion for Israeli dance. IDI also runs INSET (In-service Training) for school teachers.
IDI sponsors Israeli Dance performing troupes – Oranim, Alonim, Nitzanim & Nevatim – which perform at many inter-faith and multi-cultural events as well as at functions for the Jewish community. These troupes provide a community outreach function, introducing many thousands of people each year to the vibrant nature of Israeli and Jewish dance.
IDI depends on volunteers to help organise and facilitate many of its activities. You are welcome to become one of them.
Organisational status & Trustees
IDI is a UK registered charity (no. 279801). Our trustees are responsible for running the charity. They are Adrian Andrusier (Vice-chairman), Nicole Craig, Brian Plen (Treasurer), Maurice Stone (Chairman & Hon. Director), Susannah Fox & Keffi Wyse.
Our patrons are: Luciana Berger MP & Lee Scott MP (House of Commons), Iris Ambor (Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Israel), Nicholas Hytner (Director, National Theatre), Brian Kerner (BICOM chairman), Lady Deborah Kestenbaum, Arlene Phillips (Choreographer), Lady Elaine Sacks (Wife of former Chief Rabbi Sacks), & Chaim Topol (Israeli Actor).