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"Ashangolit"

‏יום רביעי ‏17 ‏יולי ‏2019

"Ashangolit" (አሻንጉሊት – Amharic for "doll"), is a new and unique venture of the Kehillat B'Rosh Pluralisti in Rosh Pina which establishes 

a circle of Galilee women around their stories and life experiences. This project is a combination of art and creativity that imbues personal 

and identity processes together with group and communal belonging. As part of this unique program, new immigrants from Ethiopia and 

veteran Israeli women from the Tzahar region meet in Rosh Pina and engage in art – creating "Ashangolit" dolls.


This initiative of the Reform Jewish community in Rosh Pina and the surrounding area works in conjunction and in cooperation with the "Tzahal 9" Immigrant Absorption Center in Safed.


Dolls are a representation of a reduced human body and therefore are a convenient vehicle through which to tell deeply human and personal stories. 

It is a pleasant process to make puppets and it is easy to forge a personal connection and communicate through them. The participants learn to make 

cloth dolls, work together and share their stories with one another. The challenge is to create meaningful contact and acquaintanceship, even though 

most new Ethiopian immigrants do not speak Hebrew. The joint activity creates a space of nonverbal communication, mutual help and familiarity for

 understanding the disparate worlds of culture, knowledge and experience. Each participant prepares a doll that represents her, her life and her personal story. 

The doll is a product of the processes of introspection and dialogue. The product – the doll – is a self-portrait.















The project has 3 main steps, or layers:

1.       The physical layer of creation – creating the product of the personal doll.

2.    The spoken layer of storytelling – the doll is a product of the personal story of each participant (each creator tells the story behind the design 

of the doll and the process of self-discovery while reliving the story through creating a physical manifestation of the story).

3.    The archival layer of documentation – the product is a film that accompanies the meetings and interviews with the participants.

Project Structure

• Each cycle lasts for four (4) two-hour sessions, followed by an exhibition documenting the process and presenting the final products.

• Up to 20 women (10 women from Ethiopia and 10 women from our Kehillah) will participate in each cycle, producing dolls made out of a variety of fabrics and materials.

• The creative process is filmed and a film documenting the entire process is produced.

• In tandem with the creative process, interviews are held with the participants about their personal stories and their expression through the creation of the puppet. 

The stories will be written in Hebrew and Amharic and will be translated into English.

• At the end of the process, an exhibition will be held in which the puppets will be displayed and next to each doll will be the story of the dolls creator. 

The film documenting the process will also be screened and a catalog will be produced.

The project team:

- Tali Ilani - Chairperson of Kehillat b'Rosh Pluralisti, project director

- Rabbi Tlalit Shavit - a multi-community "pluralistic leader responsible for written documentation.

- Galia Chai - artist and puppet designer, graduate of the Bezalel and Shenkar art schools, teaches and accompanies puppet creation.

- Yossi Levy - Video Photographer and Stills, the film's editor.

- Hani Biton – Director and staff of the absorption center.