Ma’ale Adumim is a hub for the arts
The George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center reaches over 42,000 residents of Ma’ale Adumim and beyond.
“Ma'ale Adummim loves culture and the hall will provide a great space for creativity and creators, and a home for lovers and supporters of the culture that is intertwined with each and every one of us.”— Mayor Benny Kashriel, Mayor of Ma’ale Adumim
The George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center provides a venue for a plethora of musical, dance, and theatrical performances, movie screenings, comedy sets, and a variety of celebrations and presentations. Art and culture have always been a vital part of the city of Ma’ale Adumim, but this venue was the first to house such a strong offering of cultural performances within the city itself – before, residents mainly had to travel to Jerusalem to see such high-caliber art.
Ma’ale Adumim is a city of approximately 42,000 people, located near Jerusalem. It serves as an anchor for other communities further east, whose residents rely on Ma’ale Adumim’s commercial center, library, and other cultural venues, many of which were funded by Bnai Zion Foundation. In 2015 The George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center was created to provide residents of Ma’ale Adumim and the surrounding areas with more local access to the arts. Located in downtown next to the George W. Schaeffer Music Conservatory and near the Bnai Zion Library of Peace, the cultural center was created to further cement Ma’ale Adumim’s status as a hub for the arts. The center draws talent from around the country while also providing a venue for local productions and student performances.
Since its opening performance of Fidder on the Roof in 2015, its 574-seat hall has housed hundreds of performances of all sizes, drawing talent from Ma’ale Adumim, Jerusalem, and throughout Israel. The center is also accessible for people with disabilities and others who need specific accommodation’s; headphones are available for people who are hard of hearing. Membership opportunities and subsidized ticketing help make the performances more financially accessible as well. Even people outside of Israel may be familiar with some of the Cultural Center’s guests. In 2016, actor Michael Aloni and producer Dikla Barkai visited for a special discussion of their TV show, Shtissel. Musical guests have included Rami Kleinstein, Keren Peles, and Danny Sanderson.