Lectures and Workshops
An experienced educator, Eli Kaplan-Wildmann is available to be booked for experiential lectures and workshops in the USA during the weeks before Pessach. See below for available sessions as well as a bio. Feel free to inquire about availability via email.
  • The OVERSIZED Haggadah +
    Using a huge version of the 12 haggadah cards, a variety of activities can take place that are perfect for educational settings. Participants can tour through the seder in a group, learning about the secrets of the Unbound Haggadah but also the structure and traditions of the seder. Or each card can be a station with an activity (as long as additional educators are available to implement the activities), and participants can experience seveal or all of the activities. See below for an image of the Oversized Haggadah.
  • An Unbound Workshop +
    AGE: 8-15. In this session, participants will begin by looking at a copy of UNBOUND. After understanding the ways in which graphics and design can both convey interpretations and generate questions, each participant will come up with a new design for a seder plate. Their seder plate will emphasize ideas that are important to them personally, and when showing it at their own seder they will have a chance to get the adults asking them questions.
  • Creation of a Haggadah +
    AGE: High School/Adult. In this participatory lecture, Eli will give an overview of the creation of UNBOUND, showing the elements of research that went into its design as well as sketches and other stages of the creative process. The haggadah contains some secrets and "Easter eggs" (it's that time of year), and this lecture is a chance to show them all.
  • Structure and Storytelling in Jewish Ritual +
    AGE: Adult. The seder is a structured storytelling event - an evening of experiential theater, containing elements that would be welcome in avant garde arts circles. The creation of UNBOUND involved using structure to convey story. How can we capture this creative spirit in our seder? Can the same principles be applied to other moments of Jewish ritual? This workshop will explore answers to all these questions and more. Participants will leave with specific ideas to implement in their seder and also in other aspects of Jewish life.

Bio

Eli Kaplan-Wildmann creates saturated, exciting images as he directs and designs for plays, musicals, events and installations. He is based in his favorite city, Jerusalem, and works in New York and Israel.

In New York, where he received his degree in design and directing for theater from the Tisch School at New York University, he worked extensively on design for television, theater and events.

Eli is a creative consultant for the Schusterman Foundation’s ROI Summit; he taught design to theater students at the High School for the Arts in Jerusalem, and has been on faculty for the learning retreats of Nehirim, Hadar and Limmud as well as the Prague Quadrennial design conference. Eli was an artist in residence at the National Havurah Committee's Summer Institute, he led the parents and children joint study program at Manhattan's Rodeph Sholom Religious School and taught a graphics class at Tisch at NYU.

He was the chairman of Havruta – Religious Gays, and currently organizes Sod Siach, an egalitarian community in Jerusalem. He served as a designer for the NYC Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab and was a recipient of the Artist Fellowship at the NYU Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, a Tisch Drama Department Dean’s award, and upon returning to Israel was recognized as an artist of the highest excellence by the Ministry of Culture.

Aside from future books published by Unbound Jerusalem, projects coming up include “Sacrifices,” a musical about the fall of ancient Jerusalem, being written by a team from Israel and New York.

Haggadot are not yet available for purchase online. If you are in Israel and can pick up the haggadah from Jerusalem, please write eli@unboundjerusalem.com to see if there are more available. Also, if you would like one in the future, please write eli@unboundjerusalem.com, or follow us on Facebook to be the first to hear about the opening of sales for Passover 2019.