Don't miss this year's Kol HaOt Sukkot Artists' Fair at the ballroom of the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, Oct. 16 & 17, from 5:30 pm -10:30 pm, during Chol HaMoed. Five leading Israeli artists will share their inspiring works with the public at the free 2-day fair, on the theme “Jerusalem in the Eyes of the Beholder: Contemporary Artists Portray their Jerusalem”.
Participating in the fair are Maty Grünberg, Avner Moriah, David Moss, Yoram Raanan, Archie Granot, and Yitzhak Greenfield. The works of many of these artists are part of the collections of such prestigious institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum, the Israel Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The public will be able to meet the artists, and hear first-hand how they intertwine traditional and modern Jewish themes into their art.
The event will also feature a collage of the city’s distinctive musical sounds and sites in a screening of “Thru Jerusalem,” by video artist Kutiman, an internationally acclaimed musician and YouTube sensation, whose short film was originally commissioned by the Jerusalem Season of Culture. Storytellers will also present live performances about Jerusalem at the fair.
Save the date - Oct. 16 & 17!
to Kol HaOt co-founder Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz discuss how art can have a powerful impact on Jewish education. Here are some excerpts from her interview with Tera Greene of GenToGen during the recent ROI 2011 Summit
“I would love for Kol HaOt to be a very successful venture and really become a hub of activity. I don't mean just a physical space but really a buzz where the idea of using the arts for Jewish content is sort of trickled out to the whole Jewish world via the kind of tools and education that we're building and creating.
“Art is a very strong and powerful way to bring people together, to make people consider their Jewish heritage and culture, not necessarily in a practicing way, but just in a value-based, identity aspect.
“If people had one ‘ah-ha!’ Jewish moment because of me, I would be very happy. Meaning that they'll remember that I helped them learn, experience, grapple with, something Jewish. That's a success for me.”Tune into
the full interview.
Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz, a Kol HaOt co-founder, heads to the week-long ROI Summit in Jerusalem on June 12, where she will be discussing Kol HaOt’s misson: How to use the magical power of the arts in transformative, interactive programs that convey Jewish ideas, texts and values.
Stay tuned for her reports!
ROI is a global community of young Jewish leaders created by Lynn Schusterman. Its objective is to cultivate a prestigious international network of young Jewish leaders in their 20s and 30s who are at the forefront of local, global and virtual initiatives that offer innovative and diverse paths for connecting to Jewish life.
What does a Mentsch look like? What color represents the Children of Israel standing at Mount Sinai?
These were just some of the visual challenges a group of 80 eight-graders from the Hillel Day School of Detroit were confronted with at a Kol HaOt session on May 15 in Jerusalem, where they depicted both Jewish values and Biblical scenes.
“It was remarkable to see how quickly the children engaged in serious learning and in the hands-on projects,” noted Rabbi Matt Berkowitz, one of Kol HaOt’s facilitators, and a founder of the organization. “Their enthusiasm and energy was contagious, and the experience demonstrates the transformative power of Kol HaOt’s programs.”
The group was divided into two; in the program “Mentschmaker, Mentschmaker, Make Me a Mentsch” the students explored the middot (qualities) of Compassion, Truth, Humility, Justice, Holiness, Gratitude and more. Through paired and small group learning, they discussed a specific value, and the role it plays in their personal life. By the time the session was done, the participants had created their own folder, identifying their own middah, with their own poem and visual collage.
“The students took up the challenge with enthusiasm, grace, creativity and talent, and presented to each other their new and amazing creations, made in Jerusalem!” Rabbi Berkowitz recalled.
The second group immersed itself in the Kol HaOt program “From Text to Symbol.” During the session, they studied Exodus 19 and 20, in which the Children of Israel stand at Mount Sinai; then they identified the most important 10 elements in the story, and assigned them different colors. The result was a remarkable mural they created that reflected a powerful and animated visual interpretation of the story.
By engaging in this hands on piece, the narratives of Exodus 19 and 20 became unforgettable experiences for the Hillel Day School students, who then presented their murals to the entire group. The response was both heartening and inspiring.
Noted Rabbi Berkowitz: “It was clear that it was a new, innovative approach for teachers and students alike. . . . and of course, the magic of this happening in Jerusalem makes the experience all the more invaluable!”
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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.”
Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz has been chosen to speak about Kol HaOt on the upcoming joint Nefesh B'Nefesh and PresenTense road trip in North America.
Visiting Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York, the event is titled:Innovation Israel: Shaping Israel's Future Today
The evening will begin with a networking session followed by a panel discussion where Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz, Romi Shamai and Chaim Landau will introduce their projects and the impact they are making on Israel, as well as their vision for the country over the next few years. Following the panel discussions, the floor will be open for participants to share their own thoughts and experiences. While on the trip, Elyssa is looking forward to meeting with Jewish professionals and lay leaders in the various communities and sharing the Kol HaOt vision with them.
For the entire schedule click here
. Matt Berkowitz has been invited to present Kol HaOt at the Jewish Artists Initiative in Los Angeles
, followed by a residency in the Los Angeles community.