Group of Thirteen

Who were the first people to be trained by Moshe Feldenkrais?

Like much of Feldenkrais Method history, all the facts are known – to someone, somewhere. But who, and where?  Here is some information, which may or may not be fully correct.

First there was Mia Segal in the late 1950s.

From 1969 to 1971 he trained 13 others in Tel Aviv.

Alon Talmi (1914-2001, chemist)
Batya Fabian (studied the teaching of dancer Isidora Duncan)
Bruria Milo (died 2007)
Chava Shelhav (formerly gymnastics teacher, still active teaching)
Dvora Hasdai
Eli Wadler (still active teaching)
Fanny Loc (physiotherapist)
Gaby Yaron (musician and yoga teacher, died 1995)
Myriam Pfeffer (key to the establishment of Feldenkrais in France. Died 2015)
Ruthy Alon (still active teaching)
Dr Shlomo Bracha (psychiatrist)
Shlomo Efrat

Yochanan Rywerant (maths teacher, 1922-2010)

Seven out of those thirteen disciples participated in a “Group-13” reunion, in 2007, filmed by Sheth Haim Levy, whose film trailer can be seen on youtube.  These were Ruthy Alon, Shlomo Efrat, Dvora Hasdai, Yochanan Rywerant, Chava Shelhav, Eli Wadler and Bruria Milo, who passed away during the making of the film.
Some of the 14 were active in the internet age (Ruthy Alon, Eli Wadler, Chava Shelhav, Mia Segal), some left only a light digital trace (Yochanan Rywerant, Myriam Pfeffer), and others little or nothing at all (such as Efrat, Fabian, Hasdai, Milo, Bracha, Talmi, Yaron, Loc).
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Talmi Alon, Feldenkrais, Yochanan Rywerant, Chava Shelhav

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Feldenkrais, Batya Fabian, Chava Shelhav, Yochanan Rywerant, Myriam Pfeffer


Certain photographs available on Face Book (Child Space/Chava Shelhav) show that some were of a similar age as Moshe, such as Alon Talmi and Batya Fabian, meaning they predate the internet age.
It might be possible to learn more about these pioneers and their fascinating lives and legacies, but it may require a knowledge of Hebrew and time spent in paper archives.
It would be nice to know more about these remarkable people, and the remarkable times and experiences that they lived through.

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