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

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

Find out about BIENNALE2015, meet 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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More info here.

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Today, AMALIA (Advancing Mother Artists Living in Asiyah/Action) announces their launch and inaugural campaign. By giving to the campaign you help Jewish mothers gain the time and support to create new and exciting art that reflects the freedom and unity of the Jewish people. AMALIA’s goal is to provide financial and moral support of Jewish mother artists to express their creativity while being a mom.

“A mother artist must commit to working a minimum of five hours a week. This is a lot for a busy mama, and an amazing amount can be accomplished in such a short amount of time. Each hour she works, she is compensated $10 for a babysitter or cleaning woman to watch her children/clean her home.”

At the end of the AMALIA year the artists will have a show displaying their art at The Creative Soul Gallery in Brooklyn, 386 Kingston.

They are looking to raise $30,528 for a year of AMALIA. Show your support by contributing and sharing the campaign to help make this goal a reality for so many mother artists.

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Beacon Arts and Beacon Hebrew Alliance will contemplate and celebrate universal themes of ephemerality and transience in Open to the Sky: The Beacon Sukkah Project, which will be at Polhill Park in Beacon, NY (by the Beacon Visitors’ Center) from October 8-16.

It will be a large wood sukkah (16×32 feet) with artwork (perhaps yours?) installed on the inside, fabric wrapping the outside and space inside for teachers, instructors, share-ers, shamans, helpful neighbors, dancers, musicians, storytellers and guides of all types (perhaps you?) to lead a class, workshop, drum circle, sing along or something else. Want to get involved? Super! Keep reading!

Getting Involved

Artists: Art inspired by the themes of the holiday, such as impermanence, vulnerability and harvest, will be installed on the inside of the sukkah and everyone (yes, even you) is invited to contribute. For dimensions, materials and other specifics and to register as an artist, please click here.

Teachers: One of the main things we do in the sukkah is learn – so if you have something you want to teach the community – a text, a skill, a song — anything at all, we hope you’ll sign up to teach in Open to the Sky: The Beacon Sukkah Project. For specifics or to register as a teacher, please click here.
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