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Native New Yorker Vanessa Hidary, AKA The Hebrew Mamita, grew up on Manhattan's culturally diverse Upper West Side, graduating from LaGuardia High School of the Arts and Hunter College. Her experiences as a Sephardic Jew with close friends from different ethnic and religious backgrounds inspired her to write "Culture Bandit," the nationally toured solo show that chronicles Vanessa's coming of age during the golden age of Hip-Hop and her dedication to fostering understanding and friendship between all people. From the Bronx to Tel Aviv, Vanessa can be found at high schools, Universities, Jewish Federations, poetry loundes, and cultural centers performing and speaking about Jewish identity - tackling stereotypes and dissecting the complicated question of "What does Jewish look like to you?" Vanessa received an M.F.A. in acting from Trinity Rep theatre Conservatory. She lives in Manhattan, where she recently published her first collection of poems and stories titled "The Last Kaiser Roll in the Bodega."
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