One of the earliest Hebrew folk dances

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We are proud to reproduce the original sheet music and the words, dance notes, performance photographs and dance position drawings to Mayim Mayim, one of the earliest, and still one of the most popular, Hebrew folk dances.

The dance was choreographed in 1937 by Else I. Dublin to music composed by Emanuel Pugashov Amiran.

These treasured documents were published for the Zionist Organisation Youth Department in 1946 by "Lion the Printer" of 7 Hamagid Street, Tel Aviv.

To our knowledge this is the only place on the internet to view these historic documents. We are grateful to Howie Goldman of New York for sending them to us.

And we are especially grateful to the Jewish Agency, of which the Zionist Organisation Youth Department in 1946 was already an integral part, for their ongoing and dedicated work in spreading and illuminating Jewish culture and the Hebrew language via the internet. Their example provides the role model for Hebrew and Israeli

Letter to the Jerusalem Post by the choreographer Else I. Dublin about the origins of Mayim Mayim. Dec. 25, 1972, p. 10**

**Thanks to Roberta Saltzman (at the Jewish Division of New York Public Library), and Judy Fixler (Hebrew Cataloger at The Leo Baeck Institute at The Center for Jewish History) for researching the date.

The letter can be found in Machol Ha'am. Dance of the Jewish People, written by
FRED BERK  and edited by Susan Reimer (U.S.A.) 1978, page 37.**

The citation for the the article by Dora Sowden referred to in the letter above:
Sowden, Dora. "Gurit Kadman: 'Mother of folk dance,'" Jerusalem Post, Dec. 3, 1972, p. 6.

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**Thanks to Gary Fox of the Rikud chat list for sending in the article.

Special thanks to Ruth Schoenberg for following up on the citations.

our special thanks to ImageWorks for resizing the documents and making them web-ready.