American Friends of Batsheva (AFB)

supports the Batsheva Dance Company’s continued artistic excellence and promotes Batsheva to international audiences

American Friends of Batsheva (AFB)
Photo by Gadi Dagon

AFB Board

Deborah Goodman Davis

Ella Baff
Gina Gibney
Mary Grossman
Tamara Harel-Cohen
Libby Lenkinski
Lisa Mendelson
Liz Gerring Radke
David Roll
Mary Sanders
Saul Sanders
Andrew Shiva
Danielle Spiegel-Feld

Nathan Hevrony,
President Emeritus

About American Friends of Batsheva (AFB)

AFB was established in 2002 as a nonprofit organization to fundraise in the United States for the benefit of the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel. AFB is a critical partner in sustaining Batsheva as a world-renowned contemporary dance company, contributing to Batsheva’s general operations, including staging productions and the development of new works. Additionally, AFB supports programs that provide for the dancers’ wellbeing and Batsheva’s educational initiatives in Israel, which introduce dance and movement to school children from across Israel, regardless of their religion or socio-economic status. AFB also works to promote Batsheva internationally to grow its global audience.

Read More from AFB

Winter Newsletter 2023, 12.11.23

Spring Newsletter 2024, 03.13.24



AFB brings a piece of Batsheva to you through carefully curated events.

A Very Special Evening: Ohad Naharin and Jonathan Safran Foer in Conversation on Wednesday, May 29. Click here for details.

Click here to view our photo gallery from past events.

Support American Friends of Batsheva

Batsheva Dance Company is a nonprofit organization which relies on its donors worldwide to supplement ticket income and touring revenue. AFB relies on the generosity of our donors to accomplish our mission of supporting Batsheva Dance Company’s continued artistic excellence and promoting the Company’s exposure to international audiences. Make your impact today by donating to one of the following funds:

Annual Fund: Sustain Batsheva as a global cultural beacon and inspirational source of creativity and research, learning and exchange.

Education: Dance Outreach and Social Activism Programs – Batsheva is committed to the community with an array of activities, from discounted tickets, projects of community involvement, special educational initiatives for young professionals, public programs, and performances in Israel’s peripheries.

Wellness and Welfare Programs: Care for Batsheva Dancers – Batsheva is committed to the dancers’ physical and mental wellbeing and to the professional and personal processes they undergo as performing artists.

New Works Fund: Batsheva is committed to creative practices and producing new creations annually.

Ways To Give

Give by Mail

Click here to download a donation form. Please mail it with your check, made payable to American Friends of Batsheva Dance Company, Inc., to:

American Friends of Batsheva Dance Company
PO Box 750974
Forest Hills, NY 11375


Give by Donor Advised Fund

You may recommend grants to American Friends of Batsheva Dance Company, Inc. directly from your DAF. Please notify Melissa Kerbel ([email protected]) when making your recommendation.

Give by Wire, Securities, Mutual Funds, or Stock

Please contact Melissa Kerbel ([email protected]) for information on how to make your gift by wiring funds or making gifts of stock, securities, or mutual funds shares before initiating the transfer. AFB must be notified of asset transfers in order to credit gifts to you. 

Give Online

Give Online to our Annual Fund through our donation portal by clicking here

Contact Us

To join AFB’s mailing list and receive information about upcoming events and Batsheva behind-the-scenes reports please contact Melissa Kerbel at:

[email protected] | +1-914-531-3614