What’s YOUR Israel story?

Were you speechless in Jerusalem? Swept off your feet by Tel Aviv? Was your trip an adventure of a lifetime? Were you surprised by the people, the food, the landscapes?

Join us throughout Greater Philadelphia to learn to weave the answers to these questions — and many more — into your personal Israel story. At one of our multiple workshops led by professional coaches from First Person Arts, Philadelphia’s premier team of storytellers, you’ll practice the art of narrative, culminating in the chance to record your very own Israel-themed tale at a professional filming session.

Join us at one of the following storytelling workshops, all offered free of charge:

What’s YOUR Israel story?

Were you speechless in Jerusalem? Swept off your feet by Tel Aviv? Was your trip an adventure of a lifetime? Were you surprised by the people, the food, the landscapes?
Join us throughout Greater Philadelphia to learn to weave the answers to these questions — and many more — into your personal Israel story. At one of our multiple workshops led by professional coaches from First Person Arts, Philadelphia’s premier team of storytellers, you’ll practice the art of narrative, culminating in the chance to record your very own Israel-themed tale at a professional filming session.

Join us at this storytelling workshops,  free of charge:

What’s YOUR Israel story?

Were you speechless in Jerusalem? Swept off your feet by Tel Aviv? Was your trip an adventure of a lifetime? Were you surprised by the people, the food, the landscapes?

Join us throughout Greater Philadelphia to learn to weave the answers to these questions — and many more — into your personal Israel story. At one of our multiple workshops led by professional coaches from First Person Arts, Philadelphia’s premier team of storytellers, you’ll practice the art of narrative, culminating in the chance to record your very own Israel-themed tale at a professional filming session.

Join us at this  storytelling workshop. Free of charge.

Friendship Circle Art Show & Reception

Join us as we celebrate the creativity and imagination of our community. The exhibit will feature the clay creations of Friendship Circle youth under the guidance of expert clay artists. Pieces will be available for purchase.

Our Art Show is being generously sponsored by Bear Givers. Their Empower Art Program enables children with special needs to give back to their community through meaningful artistic contributions.

RSVP here.

Scene/Unseen

Researched and Curated by Julin Everett and Cari Freno

This exhibition of portraits explores how subjugation as spectacle can be challenged by the power of authentic self-representation. Scene/Unseen asks the viewer to consider the invisible aspects of identity and what it means to become visible on one’s own terms.

This series of portraits, obtained from various international archives, will be placed around the Ursinus College campus for Scene/Unseen, a public art exhibition running  through December 16.

Scene/Unseen

Researched and Curated by Julin Everett and Cari Freno

This exhibition of portraits explores how subjugation as spectacle can be challenged by the power of authentic self-representation. Scene/Unseen asks the viewer to consider the invisible aspects of identity and what it means to become visible on one’s own terms.

This series of portraits, obtained from various international archives, will be placed around the Ursinus College campus for Scene/Unseen, a public art exhibition running  through December 16.

Scene/Unseen

Researched and Curated by Julin Everett and Cari Freno

This exhibition of portraits explores how subjugation as spectacle can be challenged by the power of authentic self-representation. Scene/Unseen asks the viewer to consider the invisible aspects of identity and what it means to become visible on one’s own terms.

This series of portraits, obtained from various international archives, will be placed around the Ursinus College campus for Scene/Unseen, a public art exhibition running  through December 16.

The Chevra Provides Art and Community To Philly 20s And 30s Jews

Monte Carlo Masquerade at The Chevra. Photo courtesy: The Chevra

At 20th and Market, go down the road a little bit, and you’ll find an unassuming brown office building called The Chevra. But unlike the nearby bank and coffee shop, The Chevra’s purpose can’t be defined in one word.

In fact, their website does it in about 24: “multimedia venue & social network feat. a lounge, bar, stage, gallery & loft providing social, educational, spiritual, & volunteer experiences for Young Jewish Professionals & Grad Students.”

Leon Vinokur, Jon Erlbaum and Aryeh Shalom came up with the idea for The Chevra in 2002. According to Vinokur, their goal was to unite a variety of programming for young Jewish adults within one building. “We wanted to do something that was substantive and sophisticated and fun, social, and that had a really big lev, had a really big heart,” said Vinokur, who is The Chevra’s chief operating officer. [Read more…]

PJFF Film: “Eva Hesse”

Eva Hesse escaped Nazi Germany via the Kindertransport at the age of 3, and although she eventually reunited with her family, she was only 10 when she lost her mother to suicide. Eva went on to have a notable influence on the downtown New York art scene as a young artist in the 1960’s. This brilliant and beautiful painter-turned-sculptor created dynamic works of art informed by abstract expressionism, minimalism and commercial design practices.

Incorporating industrial and everyday materials, like rubber, wire, latex and fiberglass, into her sculptures, Eva redefined her medium and left an enduring mark on the art world. Though her career thrived, Eva still struggled with relationship issues and the double standards imposed on female artists in the art world. All too soon, Eva’s health began to deteriorate, and she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Based on Eva’s personal diaries, which she kept religiously until her death at age 34, this poetic and evocative film illuminates why Eva is celebrated as one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century.

The guest speakers at this film presentation are Ivy Barsky, CEO and director of the National Museum of American Jewish History, and Helen Charash, Eva Hesse’s sister.

This film was an official selection of the Docaviv Film Festival, the Munich Film Festival, the Toronto Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Film Festival.

Buy tickets to “Eva Hesse” here.