2008-2009 Museum Exhibit
(Opening Friday, May 15, 2009)
In this exhibit we honor our matriarchs and patriarchs, our founders and our parents, following
the mitzvah of kibbud av v’em"And you shall bestow honor upon the face of the elder"
-- Leviticus 19:32
This exhibit features The Book of Ruth paintings and prints
by Michael Krasowitz. Working with oil on linen, he applies transparent glazing over an
under-painted canvas. The result of this layered process is more intense colors and
contrast, similar to historic paintings from the late-19th century. To learn under-painting,
Michael studied fresco painting and egg tempera, processes predating the Renaissance.
His work in poetry is an extension of his painting. In 2001, he combined both his
talents at an exhibit in London with “The Book of Ruth,” a collection of drawings
with narrative poems. “As a visual artist, I tend to struggle with words,” he explains.
“I thought poetry would help give context to the visual work I’m creating.”
(Opening Friday, March 6, 2006)
From Purim’s Matanot
Laevyonim to Pesach’s Maot Chitim, and throughout the year, we are commanded to fulfill
the mitzvah of "You shall surely open your hand unto him and shall surely give him sufficient
for his need which he lacks." --Deuteronomy 15:8
This exhibit includes our world-renowned Tzedakah Box collection and feature David Wander's
The Whole Megillah: New Images from an Old Story. Wander's work is a complete Megillat
Esther and accordion book, measuring 30 feet, which Wanter has rendered and
inscribed. David Wander's complete Megillat Esther is an accordion book, measuring
55 feet when fully extended, in which Wander has rendered and inscribed contemporary
and ancient interpretations of the story of Purim. Wander's Megillah begins with a cover
in low relief that depicts a black and white checkerboard. This motif permeates the 12
illuminated panels that follow, signifying that we are about to enter a deadly game, one in which there
is a confusion of good and evil, God's hand is hidden and nonetheless a game the Jews must
win to survive.
"The Lights of Our People"
(Opened Friday, December 19, 2008
Light will convey the
essence of the following mitzvot: Lighting the Eternal Light, Pirsum Ha Nes - Telling of the
Chanukah Miracle, and remembering that we should treat everyone equally-
"You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block in front of a blind person." -- Leviticus 19:14
See outstanding instruments of light from around the world, spanning the centuries, depicting the
festival of Chanukah, Shabbat, and life-cycle events, all from our own TBS collection, as well
as "Creating Light" - silk panels created by our own talented congregants. Our Sisterhood joined
silk artist Elizabeth Yaari from Explora-Torah, as we searched for the light within us and translated
it onto silk panels. Ms. Yaari took us step by step through a workshop, where we created
multiple, spectacular, translucent silk panels to “illuminate” the synagogue during Chanukah,
the Festival of Lights.
Shtender (shten'der): a stand used to support books as an aid to prayer and study
while standing upright. Traditionally used in the Jewish home, study hall or house of
prayer.[Yiddish, f. G dial. stand - upright] The shtender is the traditional accessory of
both prayer (representing the spiritual and emotional aspect of Judaism — the service
of the heart) and study (representing the great intellectual tradition of Talmud
Torah — service of the mind). What was lacking, thought Moss, was the aspect of Ma'aseh,
the physical acts of Judaism — the service of the hand. A special kind of shtender was
envisioned which would appear quite ordinary from the outside, but would in fact be a
compartmentalized treasure chest for all the ritual objects of daily, weekly and yearly
use in the hands-on practice of Judaism.
Memories, Reflections & Beginnings
(Opened September 18, 2008 at 7pm)
This is a threefold exhibition which embodies the Rosh Hashanah mitzvah - remembering,
reflecting, and starting anew - experiencing a time of Cheshbon Hanefesh and
reconnecting with oneself and the Creator. Memories - "Capturing Memories"collages
by Marilyn Cohen z"l"Collage, like memory and dreams is made up of fragments-
and for me, collage is both the medium and the message: layers of memories find
form in layers of paper. - Marilyn Cohen z"l Marilyn Cohen's work is a reflection of
collage - layers of lives and families, images and memories. The colors and textures
are like the colors and textures in each life. The layers of paper echo the layers of
generations that create a family while she creates a celebration of life.
Reflections - "Scripture As Sculpture"
continuity with past generations. Sometimes this is reflected in a design element, or a
quotation, or a repeat of a line that gives the sense or the atmosphere or the feeling of
the Jewish past. At the same time it is always clear to me that the pieces have to
be functional for ritual purposes." - Moshe Zabari
Beginnings - "Creation Series"
seven years to create her "Genesis Series." The critically acclaimed work, consists of
eight three-dimensional compositions that utilize etching, printing and embossing as
well as torn paper to depict the story of Creation.