This Is Bay Area Jewry
Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges present This Is Bay Area Jewry, a photo essay exhibition at the Osher Marin JCC, showcasing the range of diversity in our community. Join us for a free art reception with refreshments, and a gallery tour at 7:15pm. At 7:45pm, three of the participants will participate in a conversation with Dawn Kepler, Director of Lehrhaus’ Building Jewish Bridges program, discussing why they chose to participate and what they hope to communicate to the Jewish community. There will be time to mingle and talk.
The exhibition features 16 intimate portraits of individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds and levels of religious observance — from the North and South Peninsulas, San Francisco, Oakland/Berkeley, Contra Costa, and Marin.
The project is a combination of photographs and written profiles, shedding light on the unparalleled San Francisco Jewish community. Each person, couple or family profiled has loved ones who are not Jewish. The reality of Bay Area Jewry is that we are all touched by our non-Jewish family members. We invite you to meet these unique individuals – born Jewish and converts, LGBT Jews, and multicultural Jews all take center stage. Their paths to Judaism and spiritual connections may differ, but they are all Jewish.
The exhibit runs from June 12-August 25, 2017.
Siona Benjamin: Blue Like Me
Indian-born, New York-based artist Siona Benjamin creates a unique visual language that presents her transcultural, transnational view of the world.
My work reflects my background and the transition between my old and new worlds. Having grown up in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim society, having been educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools, having been raised Jewish and now living in America, I have always had to reflect upon the cultural boundary zones in which I have lived. In this transcultural America I feel a strong need to make art that will speak to my audience of our similarities, not our differences as I feel I can contributed to a much-needed “repair” (Tikkun) through my art. I would like my audience to re-evaluate their notions and concepts of identity and race, thus understanding that such misconceptions could lead to racism, hate, and war.
The exhibit runs from October 3, 2017-January 5, 2018.
Exhibits are presented in two locations: The Isaacs Gallery, which is located on your right just past the Osher Marin JCC front desk, and the Kurland Lounge, which is the room on the far left when you enter from the Lobby. Both areas are open during regular Marin JCC hours.