IN THE SHADOWS
FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS BY NEW YORK ARTIST, AVIVA KLEIN
February 5 – March 5, 2015
New York artist, Aviva Klein, documents women who are currently “living in the shadows,” showing a glimpse into the life of an Agunah. The Hebrew word Agunah is literally translated as “anchored” or “chained” and is a halachic term for a Jewish woman who is “chained” to her marriage. This term often refers to a woman whose husband refuses, or is unable, to grant her a Gett (an official bill of divorce). These women are no longer living with their husbands, but have not been released from the bonds of matrimony.
“I explore their loneliness and despair,” states artist Aviva Klein. Aviva Klein is a self-taught photographer and a native New Yorker. She specializes in portraiture photography and is heavily influenced by the human experience.
“This exhibit is a perfect example of how art has the unique ability to address issues that are complicated, difficult and thought-provoking,” said Robyn Awend, Director of Visual Arts, Sabes JCC. “Each person experiences art through their own lens. In this case, we hope these powerful photographs provide the opportunity for conversation, awareness and compassion.”
Partnering Organization: Jewish Domestic Abuse Collaborative (JDAC) is a program of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis (JFCS).
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 at 12 PMQ & A in the Tychman Shapiro Gallery with Rabbi David Fredman of AISH
THURSDAY, MARCH 3 at 12 PMFreeing Chained Women: Marriage and Divorce in Jewish Law.
Led by Rabbi Alexander Davis of Beth El Synagogue in the Tychman Shapiro Gallery
LIVING MUSEUMThe 5th grade (Hey) classes of the Talmud Torah of Mpls. are delighted to present their Living Museum
March 9 – March 12, 2015
In this project students learn about the history of their families as well as Jewish history through the study of artifacts. Each student will bring in an artifact which will be part of the exhibition. Talmud Torah Faculty: Mary Baumgarten and Carmella Chazin
JEWISH REFUGEES IN SHANGHAI (1933-1941)Concurrent exhibit on display at St. Paul JCC’s Gallery Walk
March 19 – May 7, 2015
Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) tells the human story of some 18,000 Jews who escaped Nazi persecution by fleeing to Shanghai, where they lived for many years as stateless refugees. This exhibit brings history to life with photos, personal stories and artifacts from the Shanghai Jewish Refugee’s Museum, located in the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue in Shanghai. While on display in Minnesota the exhibit will also feature photos, stories, and artifacts from four “Shanghailanders” who have roots in Minnesota. Additional events will be coordinated by the sponsors and hosted throughout the Twin Cities community
RELATED EVENT - March 19, 2015
RECEPTION - 5 PM,
WELCOME & REMARKS - 6PM
PANEL - 7 PM
This exhibit was created by the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and is traveling to several Confucius Institutes across the United States. The Minnesota exhibit is coordinated by The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and the Sabes JCC
Additional partners include: University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies; University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; St. Paul JCC