The Art Gallery at Or Zarua features exhibitions that reflect the active participation of congregants in all areas of synagogue life at Or Zarua. These exhibitions transform the social hall from a room with plain walls into an attractive, informative, and colorful gallery. In this, Or Zarua is exceptional, since few synagogues display changing exhibitions and even fewer have congregants who research and organize those exhibitions.
Current Exhibit: The Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz (Now through May 26th)
The Fabric of Survival is a traveling exhibition composed of high-quality photographic reproductions of the original fabric work of Holocaust survivor Esther Krinitz circulated by Art and Remembrance.
Save the date – Sunday evening, April 28. We will have a special program showing the documentary film about Esther’s work, Through the Eye of the Needle, followed by a discussion with the daughters of the artist.
Past exhibitions have included:
One Family – Photographs of Vardi Kahana
A Young and Hopeful Land: Israel’s Early Days – Photographs of Rudi Weissenstein
Additional Meanings – The Art of Summantics by Karen Shaw
Today I Am: Jewish Coming of Age Rituals
Our Colorful Bible, a series of serigraph prints by artist Rudi Wolff
Bagels, Babka & Balabustas: 100 Years of Jewish Food in America
Our Precious Legacies: Jewish Heirlooms from Congregants and their Stories
Through the Window: Enchanted Places & Magical Spaces, by Caroline Golden
Sowing Light: 200 Small Works by Congregants on the Subject of Light
In the Beginning: A Series of Ten Prints Inspired by the “Creation” by Rudi Wolff (special friend of Or Zarua)
The Colorful Hand-Made Quilts of Lorraine Shapiro (Or Zarua congregant)
Creating Sacred Space: Anniversary Exhibition Documenting the Building of Or Zarua
From Yankel to Yankee: The Americanization of Jews Reflected in Yiddish Theater and Popular Music (also displayed at Temple Beth El in Fairfield, Connecticut)
From Jaffa to Java: Ten Stories of Economic and Cultural Achievement in Israel
Jews Around the World: The Photographs of Zion Ozeri (Or Zarua congregant)
Five Books of Moses: Micro-calligraphy by Leon Azoulay of Safad