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Sunday, December 10:
Deadline for payment from waitlisted people to hold their spot ($400 domestic/$300 international)

Sunday, March 18:
Early Bird application deadline for all applicants ($400 domestic/$300 international)

Sunday, April 15:
Payment due for Early Bird deadline and flights booked

Sunday, May 6:
Final deadline for all applicants

 Through to May 1:
Cancellation receives 100% refund

May 2 – May 12:
Cancellation receives 50% refund

After May 12:
No refunds given

Ask Alumni

These alumni have volunteered to answer your questions about the BCI experience.

Nicole Wasilus (BCI '14)
Hillel Professional

Shani Hazan (BCI '13)
Art and Production in Israel

Victor Gonzalez (BCI '14)
Student, Guatemala

Dani Blake (BCI '14)
Student, Barnard College

Josh Orol (BCI '14)
Student, UNC Chapel Hill

Diana Abrahams (BCI '14)
Multi-faith and Intern Coordinator


BCI Staff

Morris Panitz

Morris Panitz - BCI Program Director

Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Morris attended the University of Maryland, where he earned a double degree in Philosophy and Jewish Studies.  Following completion of his undergraduate studies, Morris participated in the Adamah Fellowship at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, and served as a farm apprentice at Ocean Air farms.  In 2011, he joined the team at the Pearlstone Center, where he served as the Program Director, overseeing a wide array of educational programs, including farm-based field trips, conferences and retreats, immersive programs, and service learning.  Morris earned a certificate in Jewish experiential education from Yeshiva University and is a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.  He is currently completing his rabbinical studies at the Ziegler School in Los Angeles.  Morris enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Elana, and daughter Ziva.  With his family, he loves hiking, camping, and visiting new places and communities.  He is a pianist, gardener, and he enjoys playing basketball and chess. 

BCI 2016 Artists-in-Residence



DANCE: Josefa Briant

Born in Kibbutz Yagur in Israel, Josefa was a soloist in Israel's famed Bat Sheva Dance Company. In New York, she worked as a dancer with Merce Cunningham and Maggie Black, and an assistant choreographer at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She also danced in the movie, Jesus Christ Superstar. Josefa now lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she teaches "Creative Movement" to pre-school children, prepares B'nei Mitzvah students, and teaches Hebrew and Kabbalah at UNC-Asheville. BCI 2016 is Josefa's 13th year at BCI.


Ami Yares

MUSIC: Ami Yares

The Isaac D. Sinaiko BCI Endowed Chair in Music

Ami Yares is a New Jersey-born, Philadelphia, world traveling folk musician with a knack for making music that moves you physically, spiritually, and politically. Influenced by the spectrum of Americana music, Ami's music merges his Jewish Jersey roots into Israeli and Arab culture in a yet-to-be-named fusion of styles, inspired from over 10 years of work with Israeli and Palestinian peace building efforts. Ami thrives off the energy of staged performances and takes this energy into formal and informal educational settings as well. Audiences worldwide have taken to Ami's music and workshops. Ami tours solo and often with his brother, Gavri Tov, in the roots fusion duo, The Brothers Yares. This year Ami and Sagol 59 brought their Hebrew language tribute to the Grateful Dead to the US. Today, Ami is the founder and director of AltNeu Arts, a social entrepreneurial effort to create social change and empowerment via music and the musicians who make it. This fall, he will be studying Social Policy and Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Ami couldn't be happier to have the privilege to harvest hope and action though music. You can see and hear Ami's work at www.amiyares.com and at www.altneuarts.com.


Spencer new

FILMMAKING: Spencer Garfield – spencergarfield@gmail.com

Spencer Garfield is a Boston-based artist and teacher, with specialties in film, music, and theater. After graduating from UMass Amherst in 2012 with a BA focusing in communications, linguistics, and education, he taught for several seasons at a Jewish outdoor learning center, followed by a couple of years teaching in the Jewish day school and public school systems of Greater Boston, all while working ceaselessly at his various art projects. Currently, Spencer works as an independent video editor, Hebrew school teacher, and DJ with a Boston-based entertainment company. Other sporadic gigs have included visual effects on a feature film, vocal arrangements for a cappella, and lyric writing for Six13 and their recent hit parodies "Chanukah (Shake it Off)" and "Uptown Passover." Spencer's recent English adaptation of Israeli musician Matti Kovler's musical "Ami and Tami" will be featured this summer in Boston's Outside the Box festival. His favorite ice cream flavor is Cherry Garcia.


Andrew Lustig

SPOKEN WORD: Andrew Lustig - lustig.andrew@gmail.com

Andrew is a Spoken Word performance artist. In the past few years Andrew has performed and offered keynote addresses in 100's of communities around the Jewish world. Andrew was recently commissioned to create Annual Campaign films for both JFNA and UJIA. Andrew has opened up for President Shimon Peres, PM David Cameron, Seth Meyers, Matisyahu, David Broza, and Henry Winkler. A 2013-2014 Dorot Fellow in Israel, Andrew studied mindfulness meditation under Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels and co-created the One Wish Film Project. Andrew also spent a year at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Andrew enjoys pickup sports, cuddling with kittens, and rock climbing. Recently, Andrew learned to scuba dive! Andrew was a BCI participant in 2011 and on Staff in 2013, 14, 15, & 16. They have been the happiest 5 summers of his life.


Rachel Weber

FINE ARTS - Rachel Weber

Rachel Weber is a native Southerner, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Her earliest attempts at art-making were on the tiled floor of her parents' home. She continued a more serious pursuit of art at Brandeis University, where she immersed herself in Russian Literature as well, devoting herself to Tolstoy and Dostoevsky whilst covered in oil paints. Moving to New York City, she completed two years of post-bac work at the New York Studio School and then decided an MFA, at Parsons, was the lucrative degree she was lacking. In the last 9 years Rachel taught drawing at Parsons; received and worked on a Fulbright Grant in Jerusalem— photographing and then creating drawing installations of families throughout the country; created 3 small humans (Alexander, Lev & Felix); trained and attended births as a certified doula; and voyaged across the country to settle in the fair city of Los Angeles, California with her husband, Ephraim Pelcovits. Rachel loves cooking and baking, meandering around museums, and talking all things childbirth and childrearing. Running and singing are passions, as are reading and dance parties with her kids.




Yavni is a puppeteer, which means he doesn't have to choose between being a performing, visual, or literary artist. He has performed traditional Italian masked comedy in Bangkok, Czech revolutionary theater in New York, and street clowning in Israel. He has created rod puppetry accompaniments to contemporary classical song cycles, and built a shadow puppet tale using a sukkah as the shadow screen. As a writer, his plays have been staged in New York and Boston, and his poetry has been printed in the U.S. and South Africa. Originally from Boston, Yavni recently moved to Israel, where he works as a teacher, writes, and has been learning new media of expression and getting to know the artistic scene. He has also been known to approximate quantum wave functions using the WKB method, and to approximate airplanes using small or large people on his feet.