The dazzling fair will be styled after a “Jewish Art Salon”, in which several Jewish art experts will present explanations to the public on artistic themes in illuminated haggadot, such as Miriam’s Cup; the 4 Questions; ‘You Shall Teach Your Children’, and Slavery and Freedom. Several prominent local artists – such as Moss, creator of the renowned Moss Haggadah – will be at the fair to elucidate the stunning images in their renowned works.
“This exciting new ‘salon’ format, which we are introducing to the Illuminated Haggadah Fair this year, allows the public to have a more personal, intimate interaction and engagement with the art work and its message,” notes Kol HaOt director Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz.
“By choosing a few select themes, visitors will gain a broader perspective of the role of the artist as interpreter, since the facilitators will explore the breadth and variety of how that theme is portrayed in various haggadot,” adds Yair Medina, a co-founder of Kol HaOt. “This approach will inspire visitors to consider how they would personally understand and express that same theme.”
Among the other artists represented at the fair will be Ya’akov Daniel, Asher Kalderon, Eliyahu Sidi, Tamar Messer, and Ben Simon.
Kol HaOt, a Jerusalem-based organization established in 2009, sponsors a variety of interactive programs, such as the Illuminated Haggadah Fair, which combine the magic of the visual and performing arts with Jewish texts and ideas, history and values.
“Our mission is to expose the general public – whether they are tourists to Israel, or the local population – to the depth and creativity of Judaism and Jewish sources through the engaging and accessible prism of the arts,” notes Rabinowitz.
Kol HaOt’s offerings, in addition to its annual Illuminated Haggadah Fair, include interactive, Jewish educational art workshops for tourists; musical and theatrical performances on Jewish themes; as well as films on contemporary Israeli moral issues.
For more details about the Kol HaOt Illuminated Haggadah Fair, visit www.kolhaot.com