IJPA is an extensive arts network that advances the growth of Jewish culture by linking the presenters of culture with the artists, distributors, and booking agents of musicians, dancers, theatre companies, filmmakers and other talent. IJPA offers an online forum for bookings, industry-wide trainings and a national Jewish culture conference called Schmooze, providing cutting-edge tools for sharing best practices, addressing common concerns and working economically. We facilitate excellent Jewish programming into your communities while bringing presenters and artists together into one powerful association.

IJPA Advisory Board

Michael Dorf, Chair
Geraldine Auerbach, Jewish Music Institute, London
Lisa Alcalay Klug, Schmooze Assistant Director, San Francisco
David Chack, Association of Jewish Theatre
Sonia Cummings, Los Angeles
Marge Eiseman, Jewish Educator, Milwaukee
David Franklin, IJPA, Cleveland
Ken Gould, International Jewish Music Festival, Amsterdam
Robbie Gringras, Makom: Renewing Israel Engagement, Israel
Lenore Naxon, Friend Center for the Arts, JCCSF, San Francisco
Karen Sander, JCC in Manhattan, New York
Ari Roth, Theatre J, Washington, D.C
Lori Starr, Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto
Jenni Person, The Guava Rugelach Festival
Kathryn Spitz Cohan, Pittsburgh Jewish-Israeli Film Festival
Jonty Zwebner, Tight Rope Productions, Israel

What they are saying

IJPA and Schmooze opened up to me a whole new network of colleagues and expertise, most of them thousands of miles from Amsterdam. As a festival director, I am occupied with tasks such as programming, marketing, funding, audience development, board relations, etc. IJPA membership has provided met with valuable insight into how similar organizations grapple with similar problems, and in some cases I’ve been able to help other colleagues as well. It’s great to help each other and, where possible, avert ‘reinventing the wheel’.” - Ken Gould, Director, International Jewish Music Festival

“The most successful Schmooze yet! The range and quality of the speakers, and of the talent exhibited, was consistently impressive. Schmooze is a must attend event.” - Bob Goldfarb, Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity

“As a creator of Jewish culture, in my many roles as program presenter, singer/songwriter, spiritual leader and writer, I am looking to membership in the IJPA as a way to help me find new venues, organize more economically sane touring schedules and get support to continue on this Jewish journey. It’s a worthy investment.” - Marge Eiseman, Award-winning Jewish educator

IJPA provides a critically important centralized mechanism for meeting colleagues, sharing ideas, block booking, and above all, seeing what’s new in Jewish culture. It takes me away from my desk, off my ipod and brings me face to face with other culture makers and presenters. I need it!” - Lenore D. Naxon, Director, Friend Center for the Arts, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Who We Are

Michael Dorf, Chair
Michael Dorf is a builder. In 1986, at the age of 23, he started the Knitting Factory in the East Village of New York using his Bar Mitzvah savings. The Knitting Factory, named an Inc. Magazine 500 best companies, has grown into a globally recognized brand name with clubs in both New York and Los Angeles. He has produced numerous festivals during his 15 years running the Knitting Factory/KnitMedia. This included festivals sponsored by Bell Atlantic, Intel, Apple, Texaco, and Pontiac among others. In 2002, Michael left the Knitting Factory to pursue more meaningful entertainment projects such as developing Music for Youth fundraisers and creating Downtown Arts Development in 2004. In addition to producing numerous Jewish music concerts, he has produced over 30 Jewish recording projects and is widely considered one of the world’s prominent Jewish music producers. www.michaeldorf.com

David Franklin, CMSW, IJPA Director
David Franklin has been a consultant to a number of Jewish organizations and the founder of Strive for Five, a non-partisan online voter registration program. He has worked at San Francisco Hillel, American Jewish Committee-New York, UAHC/URJ and the Jewish Coalition for Service. He was the lead consultant developing Min Ha’Aretz, Hazon’s Family Education program, a food curriculum for Jewish day schools. He is a founding Board member of Brooklyn Nonviolent Communication.

Lisa Alcalay Klug, IJPA Web Contributing Editor
An award-winning journalist, Lisa is a contributor to the New York Times, The Forward and many other publications. She earned a masters of journalism from UC Berkeley and is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press. Lisa was recently named “Erma Bombeck Humor Writer of the Month” by the University of Dayton and has been featured in the Jerusalem Post, San Francisco Chronicle and many other media outlets. She is the author and art director of the bestselling humor book, Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe (Andrews McMeel, September 2008), a loving and irreverent embrace of Jewish identity,culture and kitsch. www.cooljewbook.com

David Bias, IJPA Webmaster
Mr. Bias is a rare hybrid of graphic designer and web-builder, responsible for both the look and feel of this site, including the logo, but also overseeing and in some cases, actually programming the code that makes it work. Over a nearly 20 year career, he has worked closely with Michael Dorf, first at the Knitting Factory as Creative Director, and later as designer, builder, editor and man-about-the-office for the Oyhoo Festival, Downtown Seder and Dorf’s much-lauded tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall. In addition, he has worked extensively in the music business providing everything from photography and CD packaging designs, to full identity and branding services for a long list of clients too numerous to mention. www.thisdesignstudio.com

Megan Warner, IJPA Administration

Shlomo Lipetz, Oyhoo Festival Director

Jordan Bleckner, Schmooze Conference Coordinator