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2016 Community Art Show
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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
Biblical Women Who Shaped Our Tradition
April 6 - June 29, 2016
A Brief Overview
You may ask who is Huldah? We are knowledgeable about our first women, Eve and her reviled rival Lilith. However, who is the last mentioned woman in the Tanach? It is Huldah, a woman who prophesized. She is one of seven prophetesses including Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, and Esther.
In the time of King Josiah (3285 – 3316 according to the Hebrew calendar) Huldah was married to Shallum ben Tikvah, grandson of Haras and keeper of the king’s wardrobe. Living in Jerusalem, she spoke with authority and examined the scrolls of Law, scrutinizing the texts as to the validity or flaws. She conducted a school for women teaching them the word of God as it pertained to females. King Josiah summoned her rather than the acknowledged prophet Jeremiah, when the Book of Law was discovered in the Temple. The text of the newly found book (possibly Deuteronomy) depicted the coming wrath of the Lord against his children, the Hebrews. Huldah proclaimed its authenticity and prophesized that because preceding generations had disobeyed God, the Lord would bring upon them disaster and ruin. Prior to this, Huldah interpreted a scroll of the prophet Isaiah predicting that ultimately the people would again rise, rebuild, and restore their heritage.
Biblical materials frequently impact attitudes and policies that affect women’s lives to this very day. By engaging us visually with an interpretation of biblical women, artists find ways to creatively examine their many attributes. In doing this they try to reach an
understanding of the wisdom imbedded in the texts. Who’s Huldah? places fine art by modern and contemporary artists alongside three 18th century masters. Each art work offers an unexpected exploration of behavior. This exhibit offers divergent aspects of
several women. There are multiple versions of the apocryphal Judith, each deals with the physical effects on the heroine in achieving the decapitation. We share our compassion for the ‘un-named’ women: Lot’s wife, Potiphar’s wife, and the daughters of Zion. And we reconsider the fate of the women after their moment of glory. Interpretations of biblical women lie someplace between history, myth, legend, and reality but continue to be referential as role models in our own time.
Monday, May 16 •
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Food for Thought presents
Women of the Hebrew Bible
Miki Raver presents a beguiling journey through the rich tales of the women of the Bible. The stories come to life through a vivid slide show featuring magnificent paintings and fascinating commentary from her book Listen to Her Voice: Women of the Hebrew Bible. Book signing to follow lecture.
Wednesdays, May 18 – June 8 • 7 - 8:30 pm
Complicated Lives of Biblical Women
In this four-part series, each week the class will examine and develop a deeper understanding of a female Torah character. Through text study, rabbinic interpretations, fine art and music samples, participants will gain knowledge and insight into these often underexplored matriarchs.
- May 18: Tamar
- May 25: Yiftach’s Daughter
- June 1: Hannah
- June 8: Ruth
This participatory course will be team-led by Rabbi Lavey Derby, PJCC Director of Jewish Life and Shir Kohavi, PhD Candidate in History of Art and Jewish Cultural Studies University of Leeds, UK. Curriculum developed by Girls in Trouble
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Happier Hour: 5:00 pm • Free Concert: 6:30 pm
“Girls in Trouble” Concert
Spend the longest day of the year mixing, mingling and noshing, 5:00-6:30 pm, at Happier Hour. Then, at 6:30 grab a seat for our free concert with Alicia Jo Rabins in a solo presentation of her “Girls in Trouble” song cycle inspired by female Biblical characters.
Registration is available at the PJCC Welcome Center.
This exhibition is on loan from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum.
Community Art Show Reception and Awards Presentation
Celebrate extraordinary talent, purchase works of art, enjoy refreshments and watch as ten local artists are honored with awards. Arrive early to nominate your favorite piece for the Community Choice Award! Ballot box closes at 2:30 pm. Reservations appreciated.
The PJCC Community Art Show is on display from July 14 - September 25, 2016.