Nirkoda Le'Chayim



Overview

Nirkoda Le'Chayim ("let's dance for life") is an Israeli dance session organized and led by Aaron Alpert and Latishya Steele. We believe in exploring the full variety of the Israeli dance repertoire to connect our community in joy and celebration. We started as Nirkoda Ba'Gan, an outdoors, socially-distant adaptation for the COVID-19 pandemic and moved indoors in June 2021 to Etz Chayim (hence the name, Nirkoda Le'Chayim). Take a look at our playlists to see what a typical night is like.


COVID-19 Safety (last updated Jan. 2, 2022)

The health and safety of our Israeli folk dance community is the most important consideration in all of our planning. The following rules were developed in accordance with guidance from public health experts, with California's legal framework, and with dancers' preferences in mind. We believe these rules mitigate the risk inherent to Israeli dancing to a very low level. Anyone not following the rules will be told to leave.

Rules (as of Jan. 2, 2022):

  • Proof of vaccination and booster: You must show us proof of vaccination. If you are eligible, you must also have a booster dose. We will allow a one month grace period to give you time to get your booster (i.e., 7 months after Pfizer/Moderna initial series, 3 months after J&J).
    • How to submit your proof:
      • Email aaron@nirkoda.com or text/WhatsApp +1 (818) 687-9717 with an image of your proof
      • Show a paper record upon entry
      • Show an image of the record on your phone upon entry.
    • Forms of proof that we accept:
      • CDC vaccination card
      • California Dept. of Public Health digital record
      • Record issued by a government entity or health care provider
      • Israel's Green Pass
      • Apple Wallet, Clear Health Pass, or other traceable app-based record
    • We will record your name, date of most recent dose, type of dose (initial series or booster), and, if initial series, the period of validity. If you have concerns or unusual circumstances, please talk to us.
    • We will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
  • Masks: In accordance with the Santa Clara and California health orders, everyone must wear masks while indoors, including while dancing, regardless of vaccination status. Masks should meet CDC guidelines.
  • There are no capacity or pre-registration requirements.
  • We are resuming partner dancing.
  • Please stay home if you have a fever over 100°F or any other COVID-19 symptoms.
  • There will be no food or beverages provided. You are highly encouraged to bring a bottle of water (or two) from home.
  • Please sanitize your hands often. Even better, wash your hands with soap and water in the bathrooms.



Details


Schedule

We meet on Thursdays, 7:30-11:00 PM. In general, we begin with easier and older dances, moving to more challenging and contemporary dances as the class progresses. We alternate between teaching new dances and then reviewing them. See the list of dances taught. Requests are welcome and encouraged!

We are closed on the following dates:

  • Jan. 13, 2022 — Closed due to COVID exposure at Monday's session
  • Feb. 17, 2022 — Most likely, Aaron and Latishya will be in Los Angeles for the SheLAnu pre-party, but we haven't finalized that yet


Entrance Procedure

Per Etz Chayim's new safety policy, we are not allowed to leave the front door unlocked. Press the doorbell, which is a small, white, rectangular transmitter we will leave on a chair by the door. Please give us a minute or two (or three) to come let you in.


Price

  • Regular admission: $12
  • Full-time students up to age 25: $6

We believe that finances should never be an obstacle to dance. If you are not able pay the admission price, please talk with Aaron or Latishya about a special accommodation.

We accept:

  • Cash
  • Checks made out to "Nirkoda"
  • PayPal to @alpert8 or QR code below, please select "friends & family"
  • Venmo to @Aaron-Alpert or QR code below, please turn off "goods & services"
  • Zelle to alpert1988@gmail.com or QR code below
  • Any credit card (add $0.70 for processing fees), online at nirkoda.com/pay


Location

We meet at Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto, CA 94306 (map). Parking is free, easy, and plentiful.