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PJCC Art Gallery Exhibits
The Art Gallery at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center is committed to showcasing the works of talented Jewish artists as well as presenting exhibits that explore Jewish values, themes and ideas. It is our hope that along with adorning our walls, the exhibits will serve to stimulate personal thought and lively conversations among our members and guests.
During your next visit to the PJCC stop by our gallery located in our lobby and in the Koret Learning Center hall. Exhibits are free and open to the public!
The PJCC Art Gallery presents
Mi Polin/From Poland
Judaica, Jewish Design and Community-Based Art by Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar
April 1 – June 25, 2015
About Mi Polin
Based in Warsaw, Mi Polin is the first Polish Judaica brand. “Polin” (Poland) comes from the Hebrew words “Po - Lin” which means “rest here.” According to legend, a few hundred years ago Jews looking for a place to live perceived these words as a sign sent from heaven. They interpreted that as a sign and began to settle in Poland.
Helena Czerneck and Aleksander Prugar’s works express elements of remembrance of the thriving Jewish community in Poland devastated by the Holocaust, and the hope for its revival. Concentrating on three directions, Mi Polin creates contemporary Judaica based on their own interpretation of Hiddur Mitzvah which refers to the aestheticism and the beautification of a ritual object. They conceptualize graphic design for a variety of Jewish events and hold workshops for Jews and non-Jews of different ages.
Mi Polin turns to Jewish history, literature and the Torah for inspiration. Recent projects include the opening event for the commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the 2014 March of Remembrance, the creation of the Christmas and Hannukah “Trees of Light” in Krakow, and more.
Special Judaica designs include “Menokia,” an oil lamp that is divided into two meaningful parts - a double branch for Shabbat candles and a Menorah with seven lights. Putting the two together creates a nine candle Hannukia series of drawings entitled “From My Home” with corresponding quotations taken from the old Jewish texts. Mi Polin has been designing unusual mezzuzot for the blind and has developed the project “Mezuzah from This Home” which brings together with great sensitivity a remnant of an abandoned Jewish home in Poland with the descendants of the family who lived there before the Holocaust.
Read the PJCC interview with the artists >>
Installed April 2015
You may have noticed a multitude of butterflies hanging throughout the Center.
Inspired by the book I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children's Drawings and Poems from the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944, the Butterfly Project was initiated by two teachers in the San Diego Jewish Academy in 2006 to remember the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.
The butterflies in our atrium were created by hands of all ages. Our youngest artists learned that every butterfly is unique, fragile and beautiful for its individuality.
Since the start of the project more than 200 communities have participate in countries including Israeli, Mexico, Canada, Austria, Cuba Tanzania, Morocco and Poland.
This type of community-based art goes hand-in-hand with the emotional work by Mi Polin, on display now the PJCC Art Gallery.
Visual Midrash Torah Series
July - October 6, 2015
On display in the PJCC Art Gallery July - September, will capture an image-laden scene from each of the 54 weekly Torah readings.
Art with the Artist: Visual Midrash with Scott Switzer
Switzer's Torah Series, on display in the PJCC Art Gallery through October 6, captures an image-laden scene from each of the 54 weekly Torah readings. Participants will begin the workshop with a brief study of this week's Torah portion led by Rabbi Lavey Derby. Then, with guidance from Mr. Switzer, students will complete a painting of their personal interpretation of the passage. No prior religious study or artistic experience necessary. Materials included.
Return in the evening for a free reception and tour of the exhibition by Mr. Switzer. 5:30 - 7:00 pm.