Oren Baratz, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, is responsible for overseeing the Department of International Operations, as well as the departments of Government Relations and Community Relations. He also oversees all Security issues for the Jewish Federation and its community agencies. Additionally, he is on the Board of Global Cleveland, a community initiative for welcoming immigrants to Cleveland, and a member of the 2018 Leadership Cleveland Class.
Oren leads the Strategic Planning Process of the Federation and the focus of its work in Israel, spearheading the development and implementation of the Federation's STEM education initiative.
Prior to joining the Federation, Oren was Project Director for an organization called Atidim, which focuses on closing the socio-economic gap among youth in Israel. He retired after 28 years of service from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, in which he held a variety of positions. Oren also served as the Vice Consul of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto for three years.
Oren has an Undergraduate Degree in Middle-Eastern studies from Tel Aviv University. He has an Executive Masters in Business from Kellogg Business School.
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GroundWorks DanceTheater is IMAGINATION YOU CAN SEE. Critically celebrated as an "artistically significant" ensemble, GroundWorks explores the nuances of the human experience through unique and adventurous choreography. This exciting, eclectic work brings audiences face-to-face with fresh, fascinating performances of passion, intellect and humor.
From its Northeast Ohio base, this group of outstanding artists has introduced dance lovers and neophytes alike to an experience that is unconventional, yet deeply human and resonating. From performing in unusual settings, collaborating with composers of new music, and featuring live musicians onstage, GroundWorks enriches its work with subtle layers of meaning that deepen the impact and enjoyment for the audience.
GroundWorks' repertoire includes works by selected guest choreographers and interdisciplinary artists. GroundWorks has commissioned 27 premieres from nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers - some of the most creative voices in the field - as well as 36 new works by Shimotakahara and 11 by Artistic Associate Amy Miller.
GroundWorks believes in developing its repertoire with work that challenges the range of its exceptional artists and in establishing a working relationship with guest choreographers interested in creating new work with the group. It is also interested in creating an audience that supports this work, through an understanding of its influences and sources built over time and learned from a variety of experiences with GroundWorks.