We Love Israel © Ofer Waldmann
13.10.2018 Sat
5 pm

free admission


ID Festival: We love Israel

Live Podcast

A radio-play podcast on the German love for Israel (and Israelis). Yet who are "we", and what kind of love is that? How is this love perceived, even instrumentalized? What about the Palestinian protagonists of the Israeli reality? Two Israelis on behalf of SWR2 intent to approach these questions: be it through interviews in Berlin, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, or through fictional characters, who are in the position to say everything that is not allowed to be uttered in the German-Israeli context. From gay German tourists to frustrated Jewish-Yemenite cooking teachers in Berlin - selected episodes are presented and accompanied by a conversation with Ofer Waldman and contributor Tobias Herzberg, artistic director of Gorki STUDIO Я. You can find the festival ticket here: Tobias Herzberg, born in 1986, studied directing at the Drama Academies in Hamburg and Zurich. He has supervised several youth projects at Schauspielhaus Hamburg, among others, and has worked as an assistant director for Jürgen Gosch, Karin Henkel and René Pollesch. His graduation piece "Life Is A Dream" by Calderón was invited to the 2014 edition of young director'’ festival Körber Studio at Hamburg's Thalia Theatre. His solo performance "FEYGELE" - developed for the "Desintegrationskongress" - has been staged at the Studio Я of the Maxim Gorki Theatre since May 2016. In 2017, he staged the Swiss premiere "Muttermale Fenster blau" by Sasha Marianna Salzmanns Schauspielhaus Zürich and curated the Queer Weekend "Pugs in Love" at the Maxim Gorki Theatre. At the start of the 2017/18 season, Tobias Herzberg became the artistic director of Studio Я. Born 1979 in Jerusalem, Ofer Waldman moved to Berlin in 1999 as a member of the "West-Eastern Divan Orchestra" of Eduard Said and Daniel Barenboim. In 2006, he received his musician's diploma as a French Horn player from the University of the Arts in Berlin. Subsequently, he played with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Bavarian State Theater in Nuremberg, the New Israeli Opera and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. After moving to Israel in 2009, Waldman received his M.A. cum laude in German Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since returning to Berlin in 2014, he is a DAAD fellow and Ph.D. candidate of the Cotutelle-Program of the Hebrew University Jerusalem and the Free University of Berlin, writing in the field of German literature history. Since 2015, Waldman works as a freelance author for the public radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur, composing political feuilletons, articles and features. Since late 2016, he serves voluntarily as Chair of the New Israel Fund Germany.


  • Script: Noam Brusilovsky und Ofer Waldman
  • Sprecher: Stephan Wolf-Schoenburg, Orit Nahimas, Jerry Hoffman, Anna Stieblich, Aviva Joel, Dor Aloni, Tobias Herzberg, Jeff Willbusch, Manfred Hess, Noam Brusilovsky und Ofer Waldman


SWR 2018 mit der Hilfe von ARD, Tel Aviv, in Kooperation mit Deutschlandradio.


We Love Israel © Ofer Waldmann

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12.10. - 14.10.

ID Festival

Israeli German Festival

After successful past editions, ID Festival is taking place at Radialsystem for the fourth time, embracing a fresh start: a future-oriented "next generation" of artists is invited to explore the topic of Israel-Germany within new formats and forms. Some of this year's highlights include "Cinderella", a ballet-rendition of an opera by acclaimed 13-year-old composer Alma Deutscher, an alternative cabaret shabbat celebration complete with a buffet by Micki Weinberg, new formats from pianists Tamar Halperin, Kai Schumacher and Matan Porat - combined with light design, electronics or yoga, the debut performance of a documentary theater piece about Israeli life in Berlin, a new episode of the award winning SWR podcast "We Love Israel", as well as the exhibition "L'Chaim - To Life". Ancestry, tradition, identity, the future and cohabitation: since its formation, ID festival has been examining important topoi of the Israeli-German community through the lens of diverse artistic formats. The festival provides a forum for artists of Israeli descent living in Germany, while encouraging discussion, exchange and cooperation. Artistic director ID Festival: Ohad Ben-Ari You can book the festival ticket here: You'll find further information on the festival here: A production by ID Festival. In cooperation with Radialsystem, WABE e.V. and the English Theatre Berlin / International Performing Arts Center. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Szloma-Albam-Stiftung and KIgA - The Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism.