Honing your craft in the Holy City

By Ayelet Firstenberg, Young Judaea Year Course Jerusalem madricha
I have been living in Jerusalem for almost a year now. Something really special about the city, and especially our area of Talpiyot, is the fact that you are always a ten-minute walk or bus ride away from being able to pursue your artistic interests. For music, art, and dance lovers like myself, consider this a brief guide to the arts in Jerusalem.
There are no end to concerts in Jerusalem. The Lab (Hama’abeda) is a smaller venue, a twenty minute walk from campus with shows ranging from strange alternative dance shows to big-time performers like Hadag Nachash. Another favorite is the Yellow Submarine, less than 10 minutes from campus and a great place to hear free jazz music every Tuesday night. Colorful posted signs all over the city are constantly announcing new shows (in Hebrew) and are definitely worth looking over. 
Also a ten minute walk from campus is Studio 6, a women-only dance studio with classes in ballet, jazz, Broadway, modern, pilates, hip-hop, and more. They cater to a lot of English speakers and will gladly email you a copy of their schedule in English. I find the other students and the teachers there very friendly and welcoming.
Recently I discovered The Jerusalem Studio School in Talpiyot, just a few minutes walk from campus. While they generally cater to long-term students, they also offer continuing education classes for adults. While the classes are rather expensive, you can take any of their 7 evening classes for free if it’s your first time. I tried a charcoal class there and was really impressed by how professional they are. If you’re more of a viewer and less of a drawer, I recommend the Museum for Islamic Art, a gorgeous art museum only a bus ride away.
For you Year Course participants, don’t let the search stop here! There is so much to discover in Jerusalem and living here for three months is more than enough time to take advantage of all of it. Enjoy!

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