Midwest Artists’ Lab Retreat – Day Three!

An early morning beginning with a bus ride to the newer Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun to see its sacred spaces and exhibitions by local Milwaukee artists….

We entered the sanctuary which had been designed by local architect Philip Katz, where Midwest Jewish Artists’ Laboratory visionary Jody Hirsch spoke to us about this sacred space.

Jody Hirsch speaking to us in Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun's sanctuary.
Jody Hirsch speaking to us in Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun’s sanctuary.

Morning light was worth getting up for!

Outside the building, there is a cubist Shofar sculpture by local metal artist Richard Edelman.  A Shofar blown into the opening on the left will amplify the sound for the ears to enjoy.

Shofar sculpture by Richard Edelman
Shofar sculpture by Richard Edelman

Then, back on the buses to go to the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.     Professor Dean Bell from Spertus in Chicago and our own Rabbi Andrea Steinberger led a session on Creating a Community of Artists:  Using Art, Exploration and the Digital World, dividing us into groups to explore text and technology.

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Jody Hirsch begins to introduce our topic for the year — Echoes: Voices of Wisdom.

And finally it was time to introduce this year’s topic:  Echoes — Voices of Wisdom.  Mark Tasman from Milwaukee and Jody Hirsch presented the work of Ben Shahn — to inspire us!

Rabbi Andrea Steinberger leading our morning session.
Rabbi Andrea Steinberger leading our morning session.

IMG_1172IMG_1171Finally it was time to separate — after our work was shared and many new connections were made.   Few people stayed longer to see the Biblical Stories exhibit at the Haggerty Museum and to attend the Paul Robeson concert at Congregation Beth Israel – Milwaukee.

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from left to right: Rachel Herbsman, Leslie Coff, Joshua Gilstein, Judith Zukerman, Rabbi Andrea Steinberger, Deborah Kades, Pam Phillips Olson, Ellen Meyer

But here is our happy group — on Sunday morning — enjoying the early morning Wisconsin air — and each other.

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