Itzik Hanina is the only actor within the ensemble who was not born blind. He became deaf at the age of 11 after contracting meningitis. He still remembers the songs and music he loved to listen to on the radio before becoming deaf. He writes and publishes poetry, and enjoys meeting new people and communicating with them. "I'm an actor at Nalaga'at because I have a creative personality; I enjoy expressing myself through artistic means. Dreams, happiness, and sorrow." Since there is no state-funded housing solution for deaf-blind individuals in Israel, Mr. Hanina lives in an elderly care home in the south of Israel.
Current as of March 2014