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The PjCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood presenting educational and cultural programs that explore Jewish heritage, identity, and community. This initiative is co-funded by the Koret Foundation, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and other Bay Area funders.

 

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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

Middot Art Exhibit

Middot
September 28 – December 4, 2017

Middot  (singular is middah) Hebrew for “measure,” in loose translation has come to mean “character traits,” or more literally, how a person “measures up.”  At the PJCC, we take a holistic approach to wellness, embracing our guiding principle of Shleimut, wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.  Where a member might initially join looking for an adjustment in the measurement of a waistline or bicep, we hope it will also be interesting to see how we all measure up on middot, qualities such as bravery, love, humor and social responsibility.

The inspiration for this gallery show came from a "Periodic Table of Being a Mensch," created by filmmaker Tiffany Shlain & Rabbi Avi Orlow. Where they identified 24 middot, other Jewish text cite varying amounts (13 attributes are commonly referenced).  We used this source not as an ultimate guide to study middot, but as a launching point for a conversation.  We invited artists to visually interpret a middah that spoke to them.  Each of the 24 values are represented in the gallery.

This exhibition was intentionally scheduled to open during the 10 days from Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.   These days are often referred to as the “Days of Awe,” and with them come a call for a deeper level of self-reflection and inner improvement.  A time to ask, “How can I be my best self?”

If you’ve been around the PJCC for any length of time, you’ll have heard the Hebrew phrase Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.  This fall, join us in a line of learning and engagement we’re calling Menschville Academy, where we’ll examine Tikkun Middot, repairing character.

Taking time to consider our character makes us stronger individually and collectively.  I believe we all want to be surrounded by mensches (good people). As you view the art, ruminate on which middot you have in abundance (your superpowers) and which you need to exercise.  Remember, we’re made of more than muscles and bones, we also have the capacity for wisdom, kindness and gratitude.

 

The Middot Art Exhibit was curated by Simcha Moyal, founder of Israeli Visual Arts.

Please join use for a reception with the artists on Sunday, November 5 from 3:00 – 4:30pm.

For more information on the "Periodic Table of Being a Mensch," visit letitripple.org.

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