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Who are “the Israelis”? New Jews? Natives of the Land of Israel? European settlers in the Land of Palestine? This hands-on workshop delves into how complex and fluid identity is both for Israelis and for Jews outside of Israel. Come explore identity through art, and leave with a simple yet meaningful artistic creation of your own.
Who are the Israelis? Ask the Israeli artists! The identity of "the Israeli" has been a central theme in Israeli art and society since late 19th century, through the formation of the state of Israel and after its establishment. Join Sharon Gershoni for an exploration of how Israeli artists perceived the shifts and fragmentations in what was supposed to be a unified national identity. These artists, in turn, helped to shape, represent and reflect Israeli identity back to us.
Sharon Gershoni is an artist and a scientist. She graduated the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and completed a doctorate in image engineering and visual perception at Chiba University in Japan. She worked on research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and developed a career as an artist in Japan, the US, and Israel. In 2006, she joined her life partner in Philadelphia. She developed and taught courses and hands on workshops on Israeli Art, and Biblical Text and Art in universities and synagogues in the US and Canada. She teaches Modern Hebrew at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. And in pursuing her art, she recently completed her illustrations for the Book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes).
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Who We Are
The Germantown Jewish Centre (GJC) has been the heart of the Jewish community in Northwest Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs for 75 years. We are a vibrant, pluralistic and egalitarian synagogue located in Mount Airy and committed to sustaining and strengthening Jewish life in greater Philadelphia. Affiliated with the Conservative movement and receptive to the wisdom of many sources in Judaism...read more
On this Veteran's Day we remember the hard work and sacrifice of those who have taken up arms in the service of this country. Soldiers and sailors, pilots and marines, these men and women fought to preserve not only the democratic system of government we cherish but also the vision of pluralism and respect for difference that has always made this country great. At a time of immense division and disunity in our country, we should be humbled by the bravery and selflessness of those who have served it with honor. No matter where we fall across the political spectrum, we all need to recommit ourselves to the highest aspirations for our country and for the immense diversity of people who live here. May connection overcome division. May love overcome hatred. May hope overcome despair. And may the vision of a country united not in spite of its diversity but because of it continue to inspire us to move forward.
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Get a taste of Kol Zimrah, our monthly musical Friday night service featuring beautiful melodies and hand percussion. The service is followed by a festive wine & cheese oneg.
"Haman Goes Down (and the Jews Go Up)" A fresh new look at the story of Purim - Original rap by Kitah Vav (GJC Religious School's 6th grade class), in partnership with Bible Raps