Nalaga’at is a non-profit cultural and arts center, unique in the entire world. The center is home to the Nalaga’at theater, BlackOut Dark Restaurant, Kapish event center and workshops center.
Nalaga’at presents an innovative model in every facet of integrating people with disabilities in society, and provides an equal stage for meeting between deaf, blind and those that are both deaf and blind and the wide public.
We are happy to invite you to a unique artistic experience that includes a varied cultural journey that will cause you to feel like have never felt before.
The Nalaga’at Center, a stage for culture and the arts, creates and advances an equal and leading dialogue for social change with the belief in the spirit of mankind and its ability to reach out and make a change.
Values: Openness, tolerance and acceptance of difference, in others and in ourselves.
Prosperity: The cultural and arts center supplies to the wide public an empowering experience
Leading model: Presenting a model for integrating people with disabilities into society, in Israel and the world.
Beit David, the deaf-blind center, established a theatrical group whose entire cast of actors were deaf – blind. The director, Rina Padva, was selected for this mission and she brought along Adina Tal.
After one year of labor, the performance “Light is Heard in Zig Zag” went on-stage.
The show was performed 15 times throughout Israel.
In December 2002, Adina Tal and Eran Gur founded the Nalaga'at association, which would operate the first theatrical group in the world composed solely of deaf-blind individuals, and the show " “Light is Heard in Zig Zag” continued to be acclaimed by the public and critics both in Israel and the world.
In order to deepen and expand the activity, the organization decided to establish a home. After a continued period of search, a warehouse that had been rented to the Armenian Church was found, in the Port of Jaffa, and adapted for the organization's use. The building was renovated and at the same time rehearsals for what would later be called "Not by Bread Alone" began.
The Nalaga'at Center opened its gates to the general public with the show "Not by Bread Alone" performed by deaf and blind ensemble of actors, events site Kapish, with a staff of deaf and hearing impaired servers inviting its guest for a meal and communication beyond the spoken language, and the dark restaurant BlackOut with blind and visually impaired waiters accompanying the guests to a meal in total darkness.
The show "Give a Sign" premiered in the children's theatrical sign language workshop.
The children's play "Prince Rooster" premiered and sign language workshops were developed together with activities in the dark for the general public.
Pony Bejejinski began her role as CEO of the Nalaga'at Center and led many and varied business and artistic development processes, that included amongst others the development of the interactive workshops center that are moderated by the center's employees.
Two new shows premiered with deaf-blind actors: the one woman show "Say Orange" directed by Sarah Siboni and the play "Through the Spirit" directed by Moshe Malka and staring new ensemble consisting of deaf – blind actors, seeing and hearing actors and translators.
A new ensemble was assembled for the new production of "Edgar", directed by Ofer Amram.
Oren Itzchaki was appointed as the new CEO of the Nalaga'at Center, and led a policy of expanding the repertoire of the center with the creation of "The Nalaga'at Festival for the Groundbreaking Arts". The festival included music concerts in the dark, shows from the theater repertoire and lectures in a variety of subjects. Likewise, the Nalaga'at Center's general activity was expanded even outside of the center – holding special workshops in schools throughout Israel.
During the annual international Saterday Fair in Spain, Center Na Laga'at receives an award for being one of the leading theaters and cultural organizations that generate social impact.
people have visited our center and were fortunate to break their boundaries with a cultural and artistic experience.