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By Lauren Katz for NPR

What do you get when you combine a computer science background with Judaica? A 3-D printed kippah.

Craig Kaplan, an associate professor in the Computer Graphics Lab at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, rarely leaves the house without his Panama hat in warmer weather.

He wanted to design a 3-D printed version of the traditional hat, but he decided to start with an easier shape to reproduce: a yarmulke, or kippah — a plate-shaped head covering worn by observant Jews.

“After that,” he says, “it was just a matter of working through the mathematics — programming and 3-D modeling to make these kippah designs a reality.”

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From the team behind Haggadot.com comes Custom & Craft, a new site for publishing your own Shabbat services and Jewish celebrations. Soon, you’ll be able to mix and match prayers, songs, and artwork for Friday night service, Havdalah, mealtime gatherings, and more. Find out more at http://www.customandcraft.org/.

We are currently accepting submissions for artwork from Jewish artists who wish to engage with ritual and Jewish culture, especially Shabbat. If you have already created such work, we would love to see it and share it with our audience! We can also supply a small fee for artists who create work for us. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Community Coordinator Melissa Karlin. We would be happy to speak with you more about our website, services and how your artwork will be shared and used in our initiative.

We strongly encourage visual artists, writers and performers to apply. Please submit by providing a link to your portfolio website or images in file attachment to [email protected]

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Almost 200 pieces of art will be on display from Will Deutsch, Corrie Siegel and Hillel Smith! And while this isn’t happening at the official NCJW thrift store, we’re paying homage by creating a pop up thrift store right in the venue! That’s right! You’ll be able to purchase previously loved goods and art prints from the artists themselves!

Sunday, October 26, 2014
1:00pm – 4:00pm
NCJW 543 North Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90048

Novelist’s journey back to his Jewish heritage inspires movie based on hassidic legend’s teachings, featuring Israeli star Yehuda Barkan.

This article originally appeared in Arutz Sheva.

Photo by Tzvi Fishman

Photo by Tzvi Fishman

Novelist Tzvi Fishman has discovered a new way of doing t’shuva (repentance) during this High Holiday season. He’s making a movie.

The Rambam (Maimonides) writes that to do complete repentance, a person has to go back to the place where he sinned and refrain from doing the same misdeeds which he did in the past. Fishman hasn’t gone back to Hollywood, but he has gone back to his old profession of making movies.

After a thirty year hiatus, he’s directing and producing a feature film starring Yehuda Barkan, Israel’s all-time box-office champ, and winner of this year’s prestigious Ofir Award for lifetime achievement in the Arts. The movie is based on four stories of the Hassidic Master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and it also stars Fishman’s old friend from Hollywood, Daniel Dayan, the fellow who got Tzvi interested in Torah way back then in Tinsel Town.

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As contemporary artists we constantly strike a balance between what is new and what our influences are. What is it then to approach a lost piece of art, which may have been essential to the heritage you hold dear, and make something new from it?

In 2011, three organizations—the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Handshouse Studio, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland—embarked on an extraordinary mission: to reconstruct the destroyed wooden Gwoździec Synagogue for MHPJ’s core exhibition. After years of research, an international team of 296 historians, architects, artisans, students and artists specializing in traditional woodwork and polychrome painting reconstructed the Gwoździec roof and ceiling, conducting educational workshops in the synagogues of eight Polish cities along the way. In advance of the official unveiling of MHPJ’s core exhibition on October 28, YIVO is hosting a special presentation Sunday, October 12th at 6:30pm which will feature a talk with the artists behind, and documenting, the project. Handshouse Studio will present their unique educational model of “learn by doing,” and how the political significance of their work impacted their process. Filmmakers from Trillium Studios will follow with excerpts from their documentary, Raise the Roof, which followed the reconstruction; and project funder Irene Pletka will deliver introductory remarks.

Making/History: Reconstructing the Gwoździec Synagogue
Presented by YIVO and the Polish Cultural Institute.
Sunday, October 12th, 2014 @6:30pm
15 W.16th Street, New York, NY 10011
Admission: General $15 | YIVO Members $12
Box Office: smarttix.com | (212) 868-4444

To learn more about the rebuilding of the Gwoździec Synagogue, and to view images and video of the project, visit here.

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Kol HaOt presents a moving exhibit on “Peace” featuring noted artists such as Andi Arnovitz, Sharon Binder, Izzy Pludwinski, Ruth Schreiber, David Moss, Ken Goldman, and many others.

Sunday October 12 & Monday October 13, 4pm – 9pm
Ahim Hasid Complex
45 Emek Refraim, German Colony, Jerusalem, Israel.

Also featuring:
• Guided tours of the art exhibit
• Special interactive, hands-on workshops on “Peace”
• Musical performances
• Bibliodrama

Organized by Kol HaOt.
Co-sponsored with The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art.

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September 24-Oct 18

David Wander, David Strauss, David Friedman
Reception Monday Oct 13 6:30-9:30pm
Tribeca Synagogue Gallery Space
49 White Street, NYC

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As the Holiday of Sukkot approaches the Creative Soul is gearing up to host it’s annual community exhibition.

Oct 12 – Nov 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday Oct 12, 8pm (See below for additional events)
The Creative Soul Gallery
386 Kingston Ave in the heart of Chassidic Brooklyn.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the diverse creativity within the Chassidic community.
Due to the gallery’s proximity to the dancing on the street, the gallery is accessed via 486 Crown St (around the corner).

Four years ago the first Celebration of Creativity show came about almost by chance and was an instant success. Staying open all hours of the day and night attempting to keep pace with the dancing on the street the show was seen by hundreds. Titled ‘Chassidim of Color’ the show set out a ‘call for art’ to anyone who defined themselves as a Chassid and had creativity to share, to come hang their work in the show. The organizers of the even were amazed at both the turnout of the audience and the diversity of artists participating.

The show touched a need in the community and over the course of the year the Creative Soul was born.

The show touched a need in the community and over the course of the year the Creative Soul was born. Dedicated to exploring and celebrating Judaism through the arts, the Creative Soul is on a mission to find the relevance of creativity in the community and to use creativity to enhance Judaism.

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With Executive Director, Ram Ozeri
Hosted by Jewish Art Now & The JCC in Manhattan. Co-sponsored by Jewish Art Salon and Creative Soul.

Introducing the Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art 2015 Open Call for artists and curators.

Find out about BIENNALE2015, meet the executive director Ram Ozeri, network with potential collaborators, and have a chance to introduce yourself in a video that will be shown to the directors.

Sunday November 23rd, 7-9pm
The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave, NYC

This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-launch-jerusalem-biennale-2015-open-call-tickets-13469472555
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PLEASE NOTE: The official Call for Entries will be posted to our site following the event. It is not necessary to attend this event to apply to the artists call.

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More info here.

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