Our new Cultural Arts Wing, is a premier destination for Jewish arts and culture. The newly renovated Herman J. Birnberg Fine Art Gallery, will continue to be the home of many wonderful art exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists.
JUDAISM, ART, & SCIENCE INTERWOVEN
Featuring 36 new works, by six participants in the P2G Exchange Program with Israel.
SEPTEMBER 9 – OCTOBER 27
Partnership2Gether (P2G) is a collaboration between the community of Minneapolis and Rehovot, Israel where new relationships are formed by connecting through different platforms. This artist exchange engages artists from both communities as they work together throughout the year creating art work and participating in discussions on Israel, Jewish Identity and Peoplehood through their own art creations and Jewish texts. The theme, Judaism, Art & Science Interwoven, was chosen to reflect the shared focus and integration of science within each city. The approach is Re-Art where each artist modifies another’s work, adapting and re- interpreting each of the pieces, creating a new work of art.
Artists include: Linda Passon-McNally, David Sherman, Cathy Tobias, Pazit Assouline, Anatt Friedman, and Roni Schechber, as well as select 2018–19 P2G alumni.
A partnership between The Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, The Jewish Agency, Municipality of Rehovot, Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, and Sabes JCC
GALLERY WALK EXHIBIT
GROW OLD WITH ME: Featuring paintings by Lucy Rose Fischer
OCTOBER 7 – 31
The paintings in this exhibit are original illustrations from a new book by Lucy Rose Fischer, Grow Old With Me, a visual memoir celebrating a happy marriage. The book captures the journey of a marriage: from the beginning (falling “in-like” and then “in-love”) to the birth of their child (seeing cows as “sisters in milkship”) to their middle years (“high wire artists”) and through their older years (“we still have our dreams”). After more than fifty years, they look at one another with a sense of wonder and tender trepidation–“How did we get to be so old?”
Lucy Rose Fischer, PhD, is an award-winning gerontologist, artist, and author. She had a distinguished 25-year career as a researcher in aging and was honored as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America for “outstanding achievement and exemplary contributions to the field of aging.” Her fourth book, I’m New at Being Old, received a Midwest Book Award and an Independent Publishers Gold Award. Her new book, Grow Old With Me, is another picture book for adults, with vibrant and whimsical images. She and her art are featured on the Twin Cities Public Television programs “The Creative Power of Aging” and “Life Changing Art.”
TRANSFER OF MEMORY: A photo exhibit of Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, at home, and in full color.
NOVEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 31
Each Holocaust survivor in Transfer of Memory shares a story of survival during exceedingly difficult circumstances, yet as a collection, these images focus on life and hope. From Europe to Minnesota, it was here they fashioned their dreams, their futures, and their families – their lives are a constant reminder of the value of freedom and the enduring human spirit.
This exhibition is curated by JCRC staff members, Laura Zelle, and Susie Greenberg, and is a collaboration between photographer David Sherman, writer Lili Chester, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
ABOUT JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL OF MINNESOTA AND THE DAKOTAS: As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.
NOVEMBER 17 • 2PM
JUSTICE DELAYED: A presentation by Ben Cohen, grandson of survivor Judy Meisel. Meet and greet with Judy Meisel to follow.
In November 2018, Ben Cohen went to Germany to witness the opening of the trial of Dr. Johann Rehbogen, a former Nazi guard from Stuttof Concentration Camp accused of accessory to murder. To his surprise, Ben was the only family member of any survivor to be there. He will tell the story of his grandmother, Judy Meisel, retracing her harrowing survival of Stuttof, her life-long commitment to equal rights and justice, and how, at age 90, she became a star witness in what maybe the last trial of a former Nazi guard in Germany.
Ben Cohen grew up in St. Louis Park, MN and is now a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the editor of a website dedicated to telling Judy’s story at judymeisel.com and is currently producing a new documentary film about Judy’s participation as an eye-witness in the last Nazi trials in Germany.