Meet The Musician: Franciska

Franciska is a composer, producer and podcast host. She creates her masterpieces by weaving eternal words of prayer into soulful guitar melodies. Raised in religious school and in musical academy, Franciska’s compositions reflect her commitment to bridging both worlds. Franciska started playing the piano at six years old. She began composing after she mastered the […]

Meet The Musician: Reuben O’Dell-Barkow

Based in Toronto, Reuben O’Dell-Barkow has been making music all his life. He got his first guitar at the age of thirteen and has dreamed of rock and pop superstardom ever since. After releasing numerous albums and singles, and appearing on countless stages, he took a five-year hiatus to start a family. With his two […]

Meet The Theatre Photographer: Brian Negin

Born in 1951. Brought up in Southern California. Studied photography in junior high and high school. Earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1972. Made Aliyah in 1973. Lived on kibbutz for five years. Left the kibbutz and earned a law degree from the Hebrew University of […]

Meet The Director: Robert Binder

Robert Binder (Artistic Director, Encore!) is a project consultant in Jewish education and has been involved in the creation of educational media for Israel television, the JNF, JeMM Productions, the Gesher Foundation, and others. As artistic director of Bimadaf (“Page on the Stage”), he produced and toured in puppet-and-people performances of Jewish tales throughout Israel […]