David Dassa's Arts and Culture Retreat

Memorial Day Weekend

May 25 – 28, 2018

Join us in beautiful Malibu
at Camp Hess Kramer
For An Incredible Weekend of


Did we mention the beautiful accommodations and
gourmet food?

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This weekend is a retreat designed specifically to excite and advance Jewish arts to those with a love and fascination for creativity and community. Throughout the weekend, you will have a chance to experience singing, dancing, fine arts, and theater, and then choose the specific arts workshop which interests you most. We will offer adult and childrens’ workshops separately, as well as arts activities in which families may participate together. In addition to all of the weekend’s exciting activities, you will be able to enjoy a climbing wall, ropes course, tennis, basketball, gaga, sunbathing on the beach, and beautiful hills for hiking.

All-Inclusive From Start to Finish


Evening programs will include our amazing Friday night Shabbat, with services, singing, dancing and fun party games; a special Saturday night costume theme party (once registered, we will send you information about what to bring/wear); and a special Sunday night arts festival gala (please bring festive attire for this special event). Lastly, you will need to bring warm clothes as we will be having a campfire on our closing evening. Each of our evening parties is truly special, including a late night dance party every night, all of which you will remember for years to come.


All meals, accommodations and activities are included in the price of the weekend!! Meals are Kosher-style with vegetarian options available. The food is truly gourmet, offering a wide assortment of options –something for everyone. In addition, if you are still hungry after the meals, the coffee/kumsitz room is open 24 hours serving coffee, tea, and even more snacks/fruit.

Exceptional Instructors

David Dassa

David Dassa – David is a world renowned Israeli folk dance teacher, is now in his 41st year teaching Israeli dance, having spent 36 years of those years running the largest weekly Israeli dance session outside of Israel. David has spent 39 summers as dance director at children camps, the last 14 of which have been at Camp Hess Kramer. David has also been teaching for decades at both Brawerman elementary school and Milken Community Schools middle school and high school. David is also the director of the Los Angeles Israeli Dance Company (now in its 14th year). David choreographed several biblical dance scenes for the Dreamworks film, “The Prince of Egypt”.

Becca Licha

Becca Licha - Becca is a multi-talented artist. She works primarily in clay, but also makes jewelry and weaves tallitim. She earned her B.A. from UC Santa Barbara, majoring in Studio Art. Becca worked with world renowned artist, Laurie Gross for 11 years. During those years, she was involved in the Torah Cover project and the etched glass windows for the Wilshire Blvd. Temple Sanctuary . Becca has exhibited at the Contemporary Craft Market, Temple Isaiah Festival of Jewish Artisans and other all Judaic art shows in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

Danna Hyams

Danna Hyams - Danna has been working in theater and film for over 35 years. Beginning as an actor, and receiving a degree in theater from UCLA, Danna shifted to directing and producing, including nine years as Producing Director of The Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles. Danna particularly enjoys developing new work and has created numerous critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. Most recently, Danna has been developing a new musical that had its first regional production in the summer of 2017. Currently, a freelance creative consultant, she works with playwrights, screenwriters and novelists. She is also excited to be involved in a new company called Wondery, creating a new generation of original audio dramas.

Nachum Peterseil

Nachum Peterseil - Nachum is the founder of Automatic Toys, a band that plays Electronic Rock music while promoting peace. Automatic Toys has played stages in Toronto, Montreal, NY, LA, Atlantic City, and Israel. In 2011 Automatic Toys won best new indie band on The Edge (the biggest rock station in Toronto, Canada). Nachum played a show in LA, inviting a Palestinian band to share the night with Automatic Toys. Nachum has been involved in the special needs program in Ramah Canada and Ramah California from 2005-present. Nachum hopes to continue promoting peace through music the universal unifier.

Orly Star

Orly Star - Orly was born in Israel and moved to the US at the age of 7. She graduated from UCLA in 2002. Orly has been creating and teaching Israeli dancesfor 19 years at various temples and camps all over California. She currently teaches at Heschel Day School, Valley Beth Shalom, University Synagogue, Ilan Ramon Day School, Sephardic Temple, Brawerman Elementary School and taught at Milken Middle School from 2001-2013. She has worked with David Dassa for 19 years. With a combination of historical tradition of Israeli dance and modern music and movement, Orly inspires the younger generation to folk dance. Orly's is a choreographer, performer and rehearsal director for the Los Angeles Israeli Dance Company. Orly runs weekly Israeli dance sessions every Monday and Wednesday at the Westside JCC. Orly is committed to helping young dancers express their connection to Israel through dance.

Shirley Smith

Shirley Smith is one of Southern California's leading Israeli folk dance leaders. Orange County residents will recognize Shirley from her popular Sunday night sessions. She is also known for her incredible talent as a DJ.

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