Read all about Kol HaOt's upcoming "Illuminated Haggadah Fair" in The Jerusalem Post. Don't forget to stop by the Inbal Hotel (Bistro Room), April 20 & 21, 5:30 pm to 10 pm. Many of the artists themselves will be at the fair, and will discuss their diverse works and the creative journey they personally underwent to visually interpret the Haggadah text. Visitors will enjoy a visual feast for the eyes and soul, as they view these high-end, fine-art facsimile edition Haggadot, and trade editions.
Save the date! Come to the Kol HaOt “Illuminated Haggadah Fair” on April 20 & 21, from 5:30 to 10 pm, at the Inbal Hotel, 3 Jabotinsky St., Jerus. Internationally renowned artists will be exhibiting their exquisite Haggadahs • Avner Moriah • Maty Grünberg • David Moss • Eliyahu Sidi • Matt Berkowitz • Ya’akov Daniel • Ilya Gifter • FREE entrance! A feast for the eyes and soul!
During their March mission to Israel, participants in Hazak – the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s organization for mature Jews – had a smorgasbord of Kol HaOt programs from which to choose. One option was to prepare for Passover, where participants delved into the deeper meanings of magnificent illuminated haggadot in the “Haggadah Illumination” unit, presented by Rabbi Matt Berkowitz.
“This Passover, I will be explaining the rabbi’s art work to my family,” said one participant. Rabbi Berkowitz’s “appreciation, joy and enthusiasm for the topic”, and his “amazing talent” made striking impressions on other Hazak group members.
The “From Text to Symbol” workshop had participants busy exploring Genesis 22, which describes Akeidat Yitzchak (The Sacrifice of Isaac). Then they “translated” a chapter of the Scroll of Esther into a visual word-less story. The participants shared their creation with the entire Hazak group the following Shabbat. “Everyone, at any age, could benefit from this program,” remarked one woman.
Those opting for Kol HaOt’s musical track found that the program “The Song in Me”, with Yehudah Katz, unleashed their own musical talents, as they wrote holiday songs using traditional Jewish texts for inspiration. “As a former teacher, [the program] was hard to improve. The facilitator was very special!” commented one participant. For another Hazak member, the program had an emotional element as well: “It lifts your heart.”