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Beit Midrash:
Lecture on Art as
Social Change

Beit System Ali is a cultural educational movement whose activity is based on the belief in the power of artistic action to promote equality and generate socio-political change. What began as the hip-hop ensemble System Ali during the 2006 housing rights movement against the eviction of 500 Arab families from the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa has grown over more than a decade into an exceptional cultural engine for community building. Alongside the ground-breaking artistic work of our collective of artists (men, women, LGBTQI+, Muslims, Christians & Jews of diverse backgrounds), Beit System Ali develops and runs unique educational programs that encourage brave multicultural discourse, cultivate in-depth encounters, and enable shared society between different cultural groups. Our diverse activities have a clear goal of raising awareness of social issues such as segregation, racism, gender-based violence and police brutality through music, performances, tours, lectures, conversations, and the mentoring of emerging artists.

 

The lecture “Beat Midrash” presents the story of Beit System Ali through a historical study of Jaffa as an urban and cosmopolitan city and identity, the historical overview of hip-hop culture and the understanding of artistic creation as an effective avenue for socio-political change. 

 

Lecturer Neta Weiner is a musician, actor, director, poet and activist. Soloist of the Arab-Jewish hip-hop band System Ali and Artistic Director of the cultural educational movement Beit System Ali in the Jesse Cohen neighborhood of Holon. Winner of the Schechter-Rabinoich Prize for original Israel artistic creation in 2020. Lecturer at the Literature Department of the Kibbutzim Seminar and the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in Tel Aviv. 

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