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