Genevieve has combined her love of singing and passion for education, with her experience as an olah to give rise to the project. She has experience founding and managing charitable arts initiatives in Uganda, as well as a dentist and university lecturer in Australia and as a high school teacher in Spain.
This varied background has enabled her to seize the opportunity provided by Ra'anana Municipality to develop the project across Israel, and to provide a fresh approach to the challenges of oleh absorption.
Genevieve holds a MEd as well as graduate and postgraduate degrees in dentistry.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
- Albert Einstein
Hedya has a rich and diverse international background in music study and performance, event and choir management throughout Israel and abroad. Her many years of experience building, leading, conducting and managing choirs for both children and adults give her a unique ability to bring joy to those who sing with her.
Hedya’s passion for Israel and Aliyah has led her to establish, in cooperation with the Raanana municipality, a choir that has brought joy to olim in that city. Hedya is drawing on this success to develop and comprehensive artistic and musical program for Oleh Oleh choirs all across Israel.
Her own experience as a foreigner in France enables her to relate to the oleh experience in a personal way. Hedya holds a MMus from Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem, as well as a BEd Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul." - Angela Monet.
Tzipi’s long and distinguished career as a Hebrew language educator spans multiple media and has benefitted Hebrew students all over the world.
She is currently editor of 'HADSHON be' Ivrit Kala', the Ministry of Education's simple-Hebrew news site, which is internationally well known and taught in Hebrew language courses all over the world. For 16 years, Tzippy was the editor of the simple-Hebrew weekly bulletin, "Sha'ar La' Matchil", through which many generations have learned Hebrew from within Israel and in the Diaspora.
Tzippy was a linguistic and pedagogical consultant of Hebrew language education series on the Israeli Educational Television channel and has extensive experience guiding teachers and writing instructional and Hebrew enrichment materials.
As part of her long-standing work for the Department of Adult Education in the Ministry of Education, she has taught, produced events and singing at the Ra'anana Absorption Center Ulpan. During her military service, she conducted programs in the IDF Radio station, Galei Tzahal.
Tzippy is a graduate of the Department of Hebrew Language and the Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University, and for many years has combined her love of the Hebrew language with her love of music, Israeli song and the piano.
Tzippy brings her unique expertise to the project with language enrichment and historical context, and her precise recordings aid diction and understanding of normative Hebrew.
Yvette is a widely experienced Hebrew language teacher with many years of experience of Ulpan programme and coordination for both children and adults. She has designed and implemented numerous Hebrew language programs in France as well as Israel, for synagogues, Jewish community centres and governmental organisations. Yvette’s unique teaching philosophy, aided by personal experience learning a foreign language away from home, is deeply embedded in the project.
Yvette has drawn on her love of the Hebrew language and rich musical heritage to create the language and history pedagogy that supports the repertoire. Yvette holds MA in Hebrew from University of Paris 8.
"Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did."
- Sarah Caldwell
Hadar is a musician who works with singing, teaching music and voice development, conducting choirs, arranging and composing. She shares her love of choral singing as an instructor of vocal ensembles for children and youth, and teaching voice workshops at the Nissan Nativ acting school. Hadar is co-founder and co-leader of the female gospel ensemble "Born & Raised" and sang in the Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir under the direction of Stanley Sperber.
A number of choral works composed by Hadar have been performed at music festivals, composition competitions and other concerts. Hadar holds a bachelor's degree in composition and a teaching certificate from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Hadar's parents are Olim from both North and South America and so she grew up in family with many languages and rich melodies from all over the world. This created her desire to integrate these cultures and to create new roots in Israeli culture. For Hadar, leading of a choir of Olim is an opportunity to meet diverse people and create a new home where the Hebrew language and the language of music can produce an experience of joy, closeness of hearts and shared learning.