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Fred Berk (1911-1980) was long known as "Mr. Israeli Folk Dance" and "the Father of Israeli Folk Dance in America".
A few of Fred's creations and when they first started, many of which continued for many years:
- published 11 records of Israeli folk dance on the Tikva label (1962?)
- edited the dance newsletter "Hora" (1962)
- wrote and edited numerous books on Israeli folk dance, six of which are listed in Publications (1948)
- founded the Jewish Dance Division at the 92nd Street Y (1951) 
- created the annual Israel Folk Dance Festival in New York City held at Hunter College (1952), Carnegie Hall (1962), the Felt Forum (1970), Lincoln Center (1975)
- started the first Israeli folk dance camp at Blue Star that was one week long, later expanded to two week-long sessions (1961)
There is a collection of over 270 letters, writings, books, etc in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center 
Fred and Katia Delakova became the first American dancers to perform in Eilat in 1949.