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Jerusalem to Jericho Road: photograph by Chanan Getraide
“Chanan Getraide Photographs”: 2004 exhibition at Hebrew Union College Museum
 

Posted on: July 28th, 2014

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"We are living in a Golden Age of Jewish Art, but don't know it."

Chanukah lamp, Russia 19th century (2)
 

Posted on: July 4th, 2014

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Synagogue ritual art is also abundant but for various reasons not usually collected.

McBee-062014-Outside
 

Posted on: June 20th, 2014

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He refuses to flinch from our painful history, perhaps finding a kind of solace in the consistency of irrational enmity directed against us.

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Ehrenthal-logo
 

Posted on: June 6th, 2014

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A new generation of Sabra artists have come to the fore, creating imaginative and attractive pieces of arts.

With Without (2011) Performance, digital print by Ken Goldman
Courtesy The JCC in Manhattan
 

Posted on: May 23rd, 2014

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"Vidduy: The Musical" breaks through the formidable barrier of repetitive confession to allow us to begin to understand what is at the heart of this fundamental religious act.

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Photo courtesy of First Run Features
 

Posted on: May 8th, 2014

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These eleven nursing home residents and their accompanying staff from the Connecticut nursing home could represent any of us or our own loved ones...

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Kestenbaum Russian Jewish Couple 19 cent Lot 431
 

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014

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The highlight of the auction was a superb and extremely rare ram-shaped silver spice container (very similar to the one in the Kiev Jewish Museum, and probably by the same maker) which brought $36,000.

Crossbow and Black Bird (detail) Cervera Bible, (1300), Fol. 445.                                                           Courtesy Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Lisbon.
 

Posted on: April 17th, 2014

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A fascinating glimpse into the rich complexity of medieval Jewish life and its contemporary relevance had intriguingly emerged.

'Two Riders on the Beach' is an oil painting by German Jewish painter Max Liebermann.
 

Posted on: March 27th, 2014

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A Monet and other art stolen from Jews during the Holocaust have been found in the home of an 81-year-old German art collector. David Toren is waiting for the Germans to hand over at least 1 of those paintings.

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Jo-El/Jore-El (2013) 48” x 60” acrylic on canvas, by Joel Silverstein
Courtesy the artist
 

Posted on: March 21st, 2014

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Silverstein’s work has long concerned itself with the intersection between the personal and Jewish Biblical narrative, significantly explored in this column in “Brighton Beach Bible” (July 27, 2009).

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Three Generation Triptych 2012-2013
Photo-collages with gouache and acrylic paint on paper (35 x 105) by Siona Benjamin
Courtesy Flomenhaft Gallery
 

Posted on: March 21st, 2014

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Not surprisingly the guardians of synagogue tradition is male dominated in both Moses Abraham, Cantor and Mohel and Synagogue Lamp Lighters.

The Last of the Unjust (2013), documentary film by Claude Lanzmann
Lanzmann and Benjamin Murmelstein (right side) in Rome. Courtesy Synecdoche & Le Pacte Films
 

Posted on: February 21st, 2014

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Neither helpless victims nor able to escape the killer’s clutches, the leaders had to make impossible choices on a daily basis in a never-ending dance with the devil.

Korah’s Rebellion (2013), oil on canvas by John Bradford
Courtesy Bowery Gallery
 

Posted on: February 21st, 2014

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Bradford has opted to fully exploit the diverse possibilities of the physical surface by concentrating on the three-dimensional application of paint (impasto) and other material.

Botah Torah Finial (1933) Silver, glass, ink on paper, Yazd, Iran
Courtesy Yeshiva University Museum
 

Posted on: January 24th, 2014

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The ostensible outsider frequently has the privilege of seeing the exclusive inner sanctum with fresh and unbiased eyes. Artists’ initial encounters with the Talmud are equally blessed.

Menachem Wecker
 

Posted on: January 6th, 2014

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The exhibit, according to a statement from guest curator Michele Waalkes which is posted on the museum website, “examines how faith can inform and inspire artists in their work, whether their work is symbolic, pictorial, or textual in nature. It further explores how present-day artwork can lead audiences to ponder God, religious themes, venerated traditions, or spiritual insights.”

Chanele Anne Grun Kempler
 

Posted on: December 30th, 2013

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Although Kempler's art is “dark,” the spirit of her humanity is ever- present.

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Portrait of a Young Rabbi, (ca. 1897) oil on panel by Isidor Kaufmann
Courtesy Sotheby’s
 

Posted on: December 20th, 2013

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It is a rare season indeed when two major auction houses show not only resplendent offerings of Judaica, but also multiple examples of highly unusual and rare Jewish-themed fine art. That is indeed the case now both at Sotheby’s December 19th auction and the Bonhams recent December 10th auction.

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586 BCE - Jeremiah Saving the Torah (72x72) oil on canvas by Simon Gaon. Courtesy the artist.
 

Posted on: December 6th, 2013

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As I described Gaon in a review in June 2001 (“In Search of Ancestors, Sculpture by Simon Gaon” at Yeshiva University Museum), his Bukharian Jewish roots are deeply embedded on both sides of his family, echoed in his early yeshiva education.

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Torah Ark Door (back); Egypt, 11th century with later carving and paint; Wood (walnut) with traces of paint and brass; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (64.181) and Yeshiva University Museum (2000.231)
 

Posted on: November 22nd, 2013

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Unconditional love is a concept that sets the bar of human conduct and forgiveness at a dizzying height, challenging the very fabric of human credulity.

The Wedding Candles (1945); oil on canvas by Marc Chagall.
Kunsthaus Zurich. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
 

Posted on: November 8th, 2013

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The fact that the Jewish Museum’s curator Susan Tumarkin Goodman presents these issues as the inescapable core of her exhibition demonstrates the courage to challenge her audience with deeply discomforting images and concepts.

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