More from MEMORY and ESSENCE Art Exhibit

Memory & EssenceThe Memory and Essence art exhibit opened at the Calling All Artists Gala 2019. This exhibit showcases the values, ideas and stories of Jewish life seen through the lens of history. We will tell a few of the stories intermittently. Thank you to everyone who helped make this exhibit happen.
The Exhibit includes a very beautiful BRIS GOWN and CAP from Rabbi Harry’s family. Lined in satin, with lace embroidery, the gown is in perfect condition after many generations of family use.  The engraved silver BABY CUPS are cups from Janna Ginsberg Bleviss as a baby. Off to the right is a Yiddish cookbook, Tempting Kosher Dishes, belonging to Janis Diner Brinley, from 1930, put out by the B. Manischewitz company. Please come and enjoy this lovely exhibit.

MEMORY and ESSENCE Art Exhibit

Teresienstadt Autograph Book PagesThe Memory and Essence art exhibit opened at the Calling All Artists Gala 2019. This exhibit showcases the values, ideas and stories of Jewish life seen through the lens of history. We will tell a few of the stories intermittently. Thank you to everyone who helped make this exhibit happen.
We are very pleased to display an AUTOGRAPH BOOK in impeccable condition from Teresienstadt concentration camp in 1945. Shown above are a few of the pages, including a concert program performed by the camp’s orchestra and featuring Alice Herz-Sommer about whom a film was made a few years ago (The Lady in Number 6).  She died at the age of 110 in 2014, she played the piano every day.

Calling All Artists Opening Gala 2019

Barbara Pelman shows!

This year’s theme for Calling All Artists is “Memory and Essence”. At the gala the artists spoke briefly about their work which was mounted around the hall and included paintings, sculptures, poetry, and drawings. A chapbook detailing the artists’ works is available in the Simcha Gift Shop for $10.  The accompanying picture is a display of poems that Barbara Pelman presented in individual chapbooks. To view photos taken at the Gala by Penny Tennenhouse click here…

Calling All Artists Returns!

Calling All Artists 2019-001Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm — Now in its thirteenth year, Calling All Artists invites artists from all media – including visual, textile, graphic artists, poets, musicians, photographers, sculptors and ceramicists—to join Rabbi Harry for monthly study sessions on a topic connected to biblical, rabbinical, Talmudic, folk tradition, and a wide range of other sources. “Art is a form of Midrash”, Rabbi Harry states. The artists interpret and deepen their spiritual knowledge through their art. A Gala celebration is held, usually in June, to show the work done over the months in study.

We begin on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary, and continue once a month. Payment is $85 for non-members, $60 for members. Send payment to the synagogue office or bring a cheque payable to Congregation Emanu-El to the first meeting on November 14. Can’t wait to see all of you here, ready to plunge into new and wonderful learning and art! For further information, contact Barbara Pelman at barbarapelman@gmail.com.

The Many Hands of the Chuppah: our story from 2013

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Opens June 3 at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue — This exhibit tells the story of what inspired the hands of a multigenerational group of 14 women—artists, quilters, and designers—to create a new wedding canopy (chuppah) in celebration of the 150th anniversary (2013) of the consecration of Congregation Emanu-El synagogue.

Enid Elliot, one of the contributors to the creation of the Chuppah, said at the festive launch of the Chuppah in 2013:
“Each woman shared some of her love and energy for this community and each square comes from the heart.  It was truly a communal effort…an inspiring project.

Here’s what inspired Annette Wigod (age 91) to create her square, The Shabbat Candles.

“When a call went out for hand-sewn squares for a new Chuppah in 2013, one image leapt into my mind: Shabbat candles glowing brightly.  The Chuppah, held over the heads of the wedding couple symbolizes a Jewish home. The sight of the Shabbat candles is a weekly reminder for the couple, and later their children, that says: We are a Jewish family. Even if there is little other observance in the home, the lit Shabbat candles carry the message.

In the early 1950s when my husband and I decided to light candles on Shabbat, I didn’t know the traditional blessing. So a friend offered to type it for me in transliteration. She asked me “What kind of accent do you want? East European or Israeli?” I asked her what kind she had, her answer was “Israeli.” My answer: “I’ll take it”. Now sixty years later the image of Shabbat candles still burns brightly in my heart, and I believe, in the hearts of my children.”

The Many Hands of the “Chuppah” Exhibit

full-chuppahOpens Sunday June 3, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Opening at the synagogue on Sunday, June 3 2018, this exhibit tells the story of what inspired the hands of a multigenerational group of 14 women — artists, quilters, and designers — to create a new wedding canopy (chuppah) in celebration of the 150th anniversary (2013) of the consecration of Congregation Emanu-El synagogue.

This fabric masterpiece will be displayed along with panels of text and photos about the women who contributed a square to the chuppah. For each contributor, the panel will contain her photo, a photo of the square she contributed and a short description of what inspired her to participate in the project.

The exhibit will be located in the foyer adjacent to the Emanu-El synagogue kitchen. This exhibit will mark the fifth year since the wedding canopy was gifted to the synagogue and recognize the 155th year since the synagogue was consecrated.

This wedding canopy (chuppah) features 12 unique pieces surrounding a central panel of light and colour representing a stained glass window. In the time-honoured tradition of quilting bees, the chuppah was sewn using multiple materials and diverse techniques of hand stitching, machine stitching, embroidery, and paint.

The Many Hands of the Chuppah exhibit will be available for viewing throughout the summer until mid-August. Call the synagogue office (250-382-0615) during office hours, Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 to 2:30.