Maccabiah: U.S. Wins Five Basketball Medals

MaccabiUSA: Basketball Open Men's &emdash; BASOMBasketball Open Mens

— by Amir Shoam

The U.S. won five medals — four golds and one silver — in the Maccabiah basketball tournaments last week. The open men’s team won the gold after beating Argentina 87-76. Daniel Robin scored 25 points for the winners, and Philadelphia-born Bryan Cohen added 14. The win marked a great year for Head Coach and Former Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Brad Greenberg, who also won the Israeli championship this year with Maccabi Haifa, and will coach Hapoel Jerusalem in the coming season. “It was an outstanding tournament, and our U.S. open team was really special,” he said to the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

It was an honor to coach some of the finest young men I have ever been around: hard working, unselfish, intelligent and emotionally mature. Lasting friendships were formed, and a love for Israel was enhanced. Next year in Jerusalem — for me it’s true!

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MaccabiUSA: Basketball Open Women's &emdash; BASOWBasketball Open Womens

In the open women’s tournament final, the U.S. defeated Israel 72-56. Jacqui Kalin finished with 22 points, including 6 three-pointers, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Alyssa Baron contributed 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Next year, Kalin will play professionally in Israel with S.A. Ramat Hasharon. Head Coach Jamie Shadian said:

The Games as a whole were a once in a lifetime experience. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach players who are unbelievable people as well as talented athletes. Sharing such an emotional and inspirational month with this team will remain one of the most special experiences of my life.

The under-18 men’s team also beat Israel in the game for the gold medal, 78-62. The two standouts of the final game were Spencer Weisz (19 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) and Anthony Firkser (19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals). Head Coach Jamie Chadwin said:

The trip was tremendous. Not only for the basketball competition but for the cultural, emotional connection we all felt. The young men on the Youth Team were special in the way the competed, learned, and represented their country.

The under-18 women’s team cruised to the gold medal, beating Canada 77-26 (!) in the final game. Tournament MVP Drew Edelman, who will play for the University of Southern California in the coming season, scored 30 points and added 14 rebounds. Shelby Zucker finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds. “I could not be more proud of the team,” said Head Coach Sherry Levin.

Our dominant performance was a product of their hard work, dedication and unselfish team work. On the court it, was amazing to see them come together and execute the game plan against Australia, Canada and Israel. Off the court, we all experienced the wonders of Israel along with the meaningful connections to our heritage, which made the Maccabiah Games a lifetime experience to remember.

MaccabiUSA: Basketball Juniors Boy's &emdash; BASJBasketball Juniors Boys

The under-16 boys team won the silver medal after losing to Israel in the final. The team was led in scoring throughout the tournament by Spencer Freedman, Corey Sherman and, specifically in the final game, Jacob Orender. Jordan Baum led a long list of assist providers. Sam Fieldman and Michael Hayon were the team’s top rebounders. Orender was also the team’s best defensive player.

“It was an awesome and surreal opportunity to participate in the 19th Maccabiah,” said Head Coach Barry Kleiman. “The opportunity for my wife and me to visit Israel for the first time while representing the USA as a coach was beyond a life’s dream.”

As a competitor, one can never be “happy” with a silver medal, but as a coach of many years and games, one learns that there is always a team at the end of a game with fewer points than the other, and in this case that was our team.

I commend the Israeli team for their fabulous effort and great sportsmanship; their win had nothing to do with luck. I commend our team for refusing to give in and continuing to compete until the final buzzer.

Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve never lost a game, I just ran out of time.” We simply ran out of time that day, and remain grateful for the opportunity we had to compete.

Beyond Hunger: Feast in the Field

— by Danielle Greenberg

On May 18, Heifer International hosted “Beyond Hunger: Feast in the Field,” a farm to fork celebration to raise funds and awareness for sustainable agriculture benefiting the Arkansas Delta and Nepal.  Heifer International is a global development nonprofit and partners with the world’s poor, through gifts of livestock and training, to help them become self-reliant. The nonprofit provides 30 kinds of livestock, trees, seeds and training in environmentally-sound agriculture to families in more than 40 countries, including the United States, Nepal, China, Brazil, Rwanda, and Armenia.  

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At Feast in the Field, guests enjoyed a family-style dinner featuring local foods prepared by the award winning executive chefs Joël Antunes and Ben Willis-Becker from Little Rock’s Capital Hotel. Guests also heard from distinguished speakers, Heifer project participants and a special musical performance by Cody Below, a former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”  Chef Tandra Watkins has graciously shared her recipe for strawberry shortcake.  It is a homemade vanilla shortcake topped with fresh, locally grown strawberries and homemade vanilla whipped cream.

Strawberry Shortcake

Shortcake:

  • 180g cake flour
  • 450g white chocolate, melted
  • 360g unsalted butter, softened
  • 240g egg yolks
  • 360g egg whites
  • 270g granulated sugar
  1. Thoroughly incorporate butter into melted chocolate. Whip the egg yolks and stir them into the chocolate mixture. Meanwhile, begin whipping egg whites, adding the sugar a little at a time, whip to soft peaks. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture in two parts.
  2. Fold the sifted cake flour into the batter, pour the batter into a greased 9″ cake pan filling it ¾ of the way to the top.
  3. Bake at 325ºFfor 25-30 minutes, or until the cake is done. Allow to cool, store well wrapped under refrigeration

Assembly:

  • Sweet whipped cream
  • Sliced Strawberries, sweetened with sugar

About Heifer International
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.
 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, DC – To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition is calling on Congress to swiftly reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), our nation’s most critical law that supports law enforcement training and services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

One in four women in the United States has experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime while nearly one in five has been raped in her lifetime. Since its passage in 1994, VAWA has transformed the national response to violence against women. More victims are coming forward than ever before to access lifesaving services and move from crisis to stability. Despite VAWA’s comprehensive and cost saving responses, Congress has failed to pass a final reauthorization bill that continues VAWA’s lifesaving programs while strengthening protections for vulnerable populations.

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“Domestic violence is a crisis of epidemic proportions that affects all of our diverse religious communities,” said Lori Weinstein, Executive Director of Jewish Women International. “As a Coalition, we are calling on Congress to work with the faith community to pass a final, inclusive Violence Against Women Act reauthorization that builds upon past successes and includes critical new protections for all victims.”

In times of crisis, victims of violence often turn to their clergy and houses of worship for guidance and support. Faith leaders are on the front lines each day identifying victims, providing refuge and support, referring victims and their families to VAWA programs and services, and serving as victim advocates in their communities.

“As faith leaders, we see the consequences of sexual and domestic violence every week. We count on our local partners, from shelters to advocates to law enforcement to the courts, to serve as resources in our communities, provide training to community stakeholders and support victims. And they count on VAWA to continue to do this lifesaving work. As a Coalition, we are calling on Congress to reauthorize VAWA now and avoid jeopardizing nearly 20 years of progress,” said Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, Founder of FaithTrust Institute.

“For many victims, faith is central to their identity, their decision making, and their healing,” said Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter, Director of Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence. “It is imperative that service providers and faith communities build respectful, trusting collaborations that support victims and increase access to and effectiveness of services. The faith community is proud to stand strongly with our secular partners united by our commitment to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.”

“At the Peaceful Families Project, a national organization working to end abuse in the Muslim community, we believe that a better understanding of religious and cultural values can be used as a resource to prevent domestic violence, and that religion and culture should never be used to justify abuse. For 18 years, VAWA has played a key role in violence prevention and awareness. Congress must act quickly to reauthorize this critical legislation so that VAWA can continue to serve victims and expand education around this critical issue,” said Mona Malik, President of the Peaceful Families Project.

“For Christians, reauthorizing an effective and inclusive Violence Against Women Act isn’t a legislative issue, it’s a moral issue. VAWA save lives and needs to be reauthorized by Congress immediately,” said Amee Paparella, Director and Organizer for Women’s Advocacy of the United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society.

Jewish Women International convened the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition in 2007 to unite the collective energies and visions of the faith communities to work together in promoting national domestic violence legislation to protect women and children. Comprised of 35 organizations, this growing coalition represents many faiths and denominations and millions of congregants spanning diverse faith communities. To learn more about the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition, visit www.jwi.org/ic.

Purim Study Guide: 1st in Women, Relationships, Jewish Texts Series

Rabbi Goldie Milgram in Purim Mask— Ann Rose Greenberg

Washington, DC – Jewish Women International (JWI) announces the release of the first in a series of study guides related to Women, Relationships and Jewish Text. Rethinking Purim is designed to spark new conversations about relationships by offering a fresh look at old texts. The guides are a project of JWI’s Clergy Task Force on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, a group of prominent clergy committed to promoting Jewish responses and resources that end violence against women. Three more guides will be released in the coming year, each relating to a Jewish holiday.

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Rethinking Purim takes a thematic approach to the story of Purim, and uses text of the megillah, midrash, and modern commentary to encourage conversations about relationships. Each section of the guide discusses a characteristic of healthy relationships: developing a voice of one’s own; cultivating the conscious use of self; and striving for parity. The guide is designed for use in both formal and informal settings including synagogues, study groups, book clubs, or simply by a group of friends getting together.

Rabbi Richard Hirsh, co‐chair of JWI’s Clergy Task Force said:

This guide combines a respectful reading of classic texts with provocative and perceptive insights, questions and ideas that can help shape healthier relationships. It can help raise awareness of the ways in which issues of gender and power intersect with and can be addressed through such Jewish values as k’vod ha‐briot (respect for the dignity and integrity of each person) and kedusha (sanctification), among others.

According to JWI Executive Director Lori Weinstein:

We know that unhealthy relationships happen in our community, but we so rarely take the time to talk about what makes a relationship healthy. We hope that by sparking these conversations we can help women find their voices and speak out to perpetuate a cycle of safe homes, healthy relationships and strong women.

Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum, lead author of the guide said:

Jewish women today are making a new kind of ‘noise’ on this holiday by using it as a time to speak out against the mistreatment of women and against abusive relationships. We decided to go a step further and see what Purim could teach us about healthy relationships. Although the topic of healthy relationships is a serious one, we hope that — in the spirit of Purim — those using the guide will have a little fun, too.

JWI thanks Rabbi Amy Bolton, Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, Cantor Katchko‐Gray, and Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum, all members of the members of the Clergy Task Force, for their thoughtful participation in the project.

The guide is available for download, free of charge.

JWI’s Clergy Task Force on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community is a multi-denominational group representing all parts of the Jewish community and committed to providing leadership by speaking publicly, developing and disseminating resources and training, and providing guidance to clergy working with families experiencing abuse. As with all of JWI’s task forces working on domestic abuse issues, this one includes survivors of domestic violence.

Jewish Women International is the leading Jewish organization empowering women and girls through economic literacy, community training, healthy relationships education, and the proliferation of women’s leadership. Our innovative programs, advocacy, and philanthropic initiatives protect the fundamental rights of all girls and women to live in safe homes, thrive in healthy relationships, and realize the full potential of their personal strength.

JWI Leads Efforts to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act


The Violence Against Women Act was drafted by Sen. Joe Biden in 1994. It was passed by Congress and signed by Pres. Bill Clinton on September 13, 1994. It needs to reauthorized this year.

Almost 45 Faith-Based Organizations Sign Onto Letter in Support of the Bi-Partisan Legislation

— by Ann Rose Greenberg

Jewish Women International (JWI) is spearheading efforts to unify the faith community in support of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) during this session of Congress.  More than 40 national religious institutions and organizations, representing tens of millions of individuals and families across the United States,  have signed a letter to Members of Congress to ensure that VAWA —  our nation’s single most effective tool in responding to the devastating crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking — is reauthorized this year.

“As people of faith, members of the clergy, advocates, and anti-violence professionals, it is critical that we bring our collective voices together to advocate for VAWA’s lifesaving programs and services,” said executive director, Lori Weinstein. “In these tough economic times, the reauthorization of VAWA is essential and cannot be taken for granted. The faith community will stand strong to ensure the passage of strong, bipartisan legislation.”

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“The organizations that have signed on to this letter represent diverse religious traditions,” said Miri Cypers, JWI senior policy and advocacy specialist. “It is encouraging that we can come together to support legislation aimed at improving the federal government’s response to violence against women and girls. We recognize that this reauthorization process affords us a unique opportunity to increase the faith community’s leadership in passing legislation that is more responsive to the changing needs of victims of violence.”

Since the original passage of VAWA in 1994, the legislation has dramatically enhanced the nation’s response to violence against women. More victims report domestic violence to the police; the rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has decreased by 63%; and VAWA saved nearly $14.8 billion in net averted social costs in just its first six years. But violent crimes against women are still perpetrated each day. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 5 women has been raped in her lifetime and nearly 1 in 4 women has been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.

JWI also convenes the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition, a national effort for faith based organizations, many of which have signed on to the letter, to come together to provide policy and legislative guidance on domestic violence issues. The coalition advocates for national legislation and public policies that protect all people from domestic violence, with particular concern for women and children. It represents many faiths and denominations and millions of congregants spanning the Jewish, Muslim, Bahá’í, United Methodist, Catholic, Evangelical, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, Latter-day Saints, Seventh-Day Adventist and Unitarian Universalist communities.

Jewish Women International is the leading Jewish organization empowering women and girls through economic literacy, community training, healthy relationships education, and the proliferation of women’s leadership. Our innovative programs, advocacy, and philanthropic initiatives protect the fundamental rights of all girls and women to live in safe homes, thrive in healthy relationships, and realize the full potential of their personal strength. For more information, please visit www.jwi.org or contact us at 800.343.2823.

Jewish Women International Condemns Israeli Gender Discrimination

Jewish Women International (JWI) expresses strong condemnation over a wave of violence and intimidation targeting women and girls in Israel. Recent events highlighted by the media, including the ongoing assault of 8-year-old Naama Margolese by ultra-Orthodox extremists as she attempted to enter a modern orthodox girl’s school in Beit Shemesh, have focused international attention on the continued harassment and assault of women and girls and resulted in multiple public protests in Israel.

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“JWI vigorously opposes the recent wave of gender violence being committed in Beit Shemesh and urges the Israeli government to implement a strong, sustained response,” said Lori Weinstein, JWI Executive Director. “This is a pivotal time for women’s rights in Israel and we urge all American Jews who care about the well-being of Israel and importance of social justice and gender parity to speak out against the discrimination of women and girls in all forms.”

These recent events are part of an expansive effort led by groups of ultra-Orthodox men to institute gender discrimination across Israeli society, with a special focus on Jerusalem. According to recent reports, women, forced to sit in the back of segregated, public bus lines in Jerusalem who refuse to comply with the segregation system have been verbally and physically threatened.

“These recent, violent incidents in Israel aimed at intimidating and segregating the sexes are an affront to women’s basic and foundational rights. JWI will continue to work in the United States, Israel and in Jewish communities around the world to uphold and strengthen the safety, security, and equality of all women and girls,” added Weinstein.

About Jewish Women International

Jewish Women International is the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls. In 1943, JWI established the Jerusalem Hills Children’s Home, which treats Israel’s most vulnerable and neglected children by helping them overcome trauma in their early years. JWI also leads efforts in the U.S. to promote safer lives for women and girls as the principal leader of the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally and as a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women. JWI’s multifaceted advocacy efforts focus on the passage of the Violence Against Woman Reauthorization Act of 2011 and the International Violence Against Women Act while JWI’s healthy relationship and financial literacy programming help girls realize the full potential of their personal strength.  

Send a Mother’s Day Card to a Loved One and Support Women at Risk


— by Ann Rose Greenberg

This year, as every year, Jewish Women International (JWI) honors the 45,000 women and children spending Mother’s Day in battered women’s shelters through our annual Flower Project. These families, and the shelters that house them, need aid and resources more urgently than ever.

JWI’s Mother’s Day Flower Project delivers hope — both in the bouquets, gifts and beauty products we send to 200 shelters across the United States on this special day, and through initiatives, supported by Flower Project proceeds, that work every day to educate communities, empower women and break the cycle of abuse. Over 70 synagogues and organizations have signed on to help raise awareness and funds for this important cause. For each $25 contribution, JWI will send a Mother’s Day card to any woman the donor chooses, thanking her for the inspiration to help women in need.

Local Participating Synagogues and Partners:

  • Kesher Israel Congregation, West Chester, PA.
  • Beth Israel Congregation of Chester County, Uwchland, PA.
  • Beth El, Allentown, PA.
  • Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, Wyomissing, PA.
  • Women of Vision – Jeiwsh Community Foundation of Central PA, Harrisburg, PA
  • JWI Chapter 0368, Batim, Union, NJ
  • JWI Chapter 0941, Springfield, NJ
  • Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills, NJ
  • Jersey Tribe, Morristown, NJ
  • String of Pearls Reconstructionist Synagogue, Princeton, NJ
  • Temple Har Shalom, Warren, NJ

Participating Local Shelters:

  • Laurel House, Norritown, PA
  • Alle-Kiski Area Hope Center, Tarentum, PA
  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, West Chester, PA
  • Women Against Abuse, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Safe House, Belleville, NJ
  • Women Aware, Inc., New Brunswick, NJ
  • Strength Our Sisters, West Milford, NJ
  • Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS), Morris Plains, NJ
  • Shelter Our Sisters, Teaneck, NJ
  • WomanSpace Inc., Trenton, NJ
  • Sarah’s House, Newark, DE
  • Martha’s Carriage House, Wilmington, DE

(Entries in bold have a JWI Children’s Library.)

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“When you’re a woman in a place like this you feel like you’re not a part of the world. But when people do things like this it makes us feel like we still matter and we still deserve to be loved,” said a shelter client at Hope House in Lee’s Summit, MO, a 2010 flower project recipient. “Usually we just get the necessities – a bar of soap, some shampoo. And I’m grateful to have those things, but it’s not very often you get something special – something that smells good, something that’s beautiful.”

“Throughout the year, JWI works on behalf of victims of abuse – building libraries in shelters, advocating for domestic violence legislation, and preventing abuse by teaching young people about healthy relationships,” says JWI Executive Director Loribeth Weinstein. “The Mother’s Day Flower Project is an opportunity to touch these women personally; to tell them that we care about them as much as the issue.”

JWI thanks Papyrus and OPI Products, Inc. for their partnership with JWI in delivering bouquets, gifts and beauty products to the shelters. This year’s card features the watercolor “Orchids,” generously donated by artist Sabina Wohlfeiler for use in the 2011 Flower Project.

Beginning as a quiltmaker, Sabina has been creating art since the 1970’s.  In 1989 she took her first watercolor class and was captivated by the medium’s immediacy and transparency.

Especially with watercolor, there is a unique “magic” that happens when artist’s intention interacts with water, pigment and brush.  It is that element of surprise that has kept Sabina working in watercolor, though she enjoys other mediums as well.

Though her subject matter varies, Sabina has continued  to paint flowers.  Georgia O’Keeffe’s statement that people “don’t really look at a flower” challenged Sabina to enjoy her garden at a deeper level and translate the beauty of a single bloom into a painting.

In 2002 Sabina traveled to Greece and did a series of monoprints, inspired by the vegetation she discovered on her numerous visits to the beach.  Seeing the “beauty” in a weed, really looking at the shapes, colors, and forms is what her prints hope to communicate to viewers.

Sabina is a member of Artists Alliance Northwest and ORA Northwest Jewish Artists.  Her work has been exhibited in group shows in Skopelos, Greece as well as locally at The Oregon Jewish Museum, The Portland Japanese Garden,Beaverton City Hall, Valley Art Center, and the Multnomah Art Center.  Her work is included in private collections in France, Germany, and Canada.

To learn more about Jewish Women International’s Flower Project, or to make a donation and send a card, visit their website or call 800.343.2823.

Old City Jewish Art Center Brings Light to High Holidays


Show features new work by thirteen local artists

— Neil Greenberg

In Jewish terms, the practice is fairly recent – only 200 years old – of reading Psalm 27 twice daily during Elul. But it’s a powerful tradition today, and one that informs the new “L’Dovid Ori” show at the Old City Jewish Art Center, which opens First Friday, September 3, from 5 – 9 p.m. and will be up until October 27, with an Artists’ Reception and Grand Opening on Wednesday,
September 15, from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

The psalm is called L’Dovid HaShem Ori, “To David – the L-rd is my light.” Rabbi Menachem Schmidt, who founded the gallery, says he hopes the joy and hope expressed by these artists “will bring a warm and welcome light to difficult times.”

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Despite mentioning enemies, armies and war, the psalm expresses reassurance that we will always be able to face these evils with G-d’s help. Cynthia Blackwood, who curated the show, said “I gathered a number of translations and sent them all to the artists, asking them to use the words as an inspiration. The works they came up with in response are breathtaking and uplifting. This may be our best show ever.”

Ms. Blackwood, who owns The Frame Shop in Elkins Park, designed the show to “embrace you as you come in,” with the words of the psalm running all along the gallery walls, spread among the artworks. Food and wine will be served during the show, and the community experience will be enhanced with a Taste of Shabbos dinner at 9 p.m.

True to the spirit of the Chabad movement in which he is highly respected, Rabbi Schmidt wanted Jewish artists of all backgrounds to participate. “We don’t think people have labels,” he
said. “If you have a curiosity about your heritage, come on in.” Motivated by the teachings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, “the Rebbe,” Chabad is non-judgmental and inclusive, opening its doors to anyone with a questioning mind and a spiritual nature.


The thirteen artists who are represented work in many media, from oils to calligraphy to handmade paper. Mordechai Rosenstein, an internationally known artist, did a mixed-media work that includes Hebrew block lettering rescued from a printer. “A friend in London, Irv Kline, was walking through the East End and found a printer who was going out of business. There were beautifully carved letters that were waiting to be thrown out! He got there just in time, and sent me many of the letter blocks.” The cache stayed in Mr. Rosenstein’s studio for a while, until some of the letters found a home as the word Ori (light) in his work for this show.

Calligrapher Karen Shain Schloss recounted how Ms. Blackwood’s call brought back memories of a trip to Mexico years ago. “It was a difficult time in my life, but I found this labyrinth in Rancho la Puerta, and I was drawn to it every day. Walking there gave me a sense of serenity. Then when Cynthia told me about the show and the psalm, I flashed back on that image, and used it to express the sense of conquering trouble that came into my life.”

Paper artist Rhea Dennis came by her inspiration by talking with friends and family. “The more I discussed the psalm with others, the more I was moved by the idea, and finally came up with the piece I’m showing.”

The Artists’ Reception on the 15th will have some other features to liven up the proceedings. Philly favorite Ben Laden will provide the music, and The Shofar Factory will bring a number of shofars to add to the aural merriment. There will also be a reading of Psalm 27 and commentary by the artists themselves.

“L’Dovid Ori” First Friday, September 3, 5 – 9 p.m., Taste of Shabbos 9 p.m. Featuring works
by Lucy Barr, Sandy Berman, Cynthia Blackwood, Leah Caroline, Rhea Dennis, Harriet Finck,
Debra Kapnek, Emily Ennulat-Lustine, Mordechai Rosenstein, Barbara Rosin, Karen Shain
Schloss, Joye Schwartz, Mark Segal and Deborah Ugoretz. Artists’ Reception September
15, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Show open September 3 through October 27. Gallery hours: T-Th 1-6 or by
appointment. Old City Jewish Art Center, 119 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, 215.923.1222. A project
of the Jewish Heritage Programs.