PASTRAMI TO PUBLIC ART THIS SPRING IS BURSTING WITH FLAVOR
Celebrate Spring 2018 with new Jewish perspectives on freedom, peace, food and funk.
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Imagine people from across Greater Boston sharing what freedom means to them. Then, imagine that everyone’s answers merge to create public art on the Boston Common. Pathways to Freedom, inspired by Passover, will do just this. From a Mattapan community center to the Peabody Essex Museum, from Boston City Hall to Newton’s Temple Shalom, London-based Julia Vogl’s artistry will capture and reflect many journeys to freedom in our community. We hope you’ll share your family’s journey by participating in a project encounter with Julia.
Given the relationship between freedom and peace, we’ll be presenting Yael Deckelbaum and Prayer of the Mothers, a multi-cultural, Israeli women’s ensemble, at Regis College. Galvanized by the international Women Wage Peace movement, Yael is utilizing her talent and popularity (her group Habanot Nechama had a #1 album in Israel) to spread a message of hope.
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Look forward to Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen and talks about kosher soul food, American musical master Andy Statman and rising Israeli stars Bint el Funk. This spring, we celebrate the stories, songs, and tastes of Jewish culture in the spirit of freedom, of peace, and of fun, too. See you soon,
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IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE Friday + Saturday, October 27-28 Arts Matter Shabbat: Multiple locations
Wednesday, November 29 7:30 – 9:30 pm Nathan Englander: Reading and Conversation Temple Israel The Riverway Boston
BUT WE’RE WILLING TO MAKE THAT
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM BBK POP-UP: BABKA MAKING AT MAMALEH’S LOCATION: Mamaleh’s 1 Kendall Square Cambridge, MA $25 until January 31 $30 from February 1 Go behind the scenes and learn the secrets to making perfectly layered babka with baking master Rachel Sundet, co-owner of Mamaleh’s Delicatessen. Hands on, space is limited to 16 people.
January 14 – 23, 2018 Culinary Tour of Israel
THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM BEYOND BUBBIE’S KITCHEN
BINT EL FUNK: YEMENITE ISRAELI DANCE PARTY SPECIAL GUESTS: DRUMATIX
LOCATION: Back Bay Events Center 180 Berkeley Street Boston, MA $36 through January 31 $45 from February 1
LOCATION: Somerville Armory 191 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA $20 through January 31 $25 from February 1
Boston’s hottest chefs come together to bring a modern twist to global Jewish cuisine. Sample imaginative dishes from 15+ restaurants, including La Morra, Mei
JArts is excited to bring another break-out Israeli band to the Somerville Armory: led by singer Shiran Karni, Bint el Funk (Daughters of Funk) combines funk and traditional Jewish Yemenite music. The 8 piece band mixes together Afro beats, jazz, psychedelic Turkish music and more to create a tribal party of sounds, rhythms, and colors. The people who brought you A-Wa, AvevA, and Yemen Blues,
The Dining Car
promise that Bint el Funk will have you on your feet!
Our Fathers Deli
Quicksilver Baking Company
Little Big Diner
Whole Heart Provisions
(List subject to change)
Mei, Mamaleh’s, the brand new Our Father’s Deli, and many more. We don’t let you go thirsty either, with a slew of beer, wine, and special cocktails. Now in its 9th year, this is Boston’s biggest, tastiest and most innovative Jewish food event.
“It was an amazing event that showcased great restaurants and the creative thinking of the chefs behind them.” - Oh Snap, food blog 6
“Their originality combined with the amazing groove of the Brass instruments turned the show into a native Yemenite party!”
The evening kicks off with a performance by the tap dance/percussion troupe, Drumatix, led by Israeli tap master Noa Barankin.
– Columbus, Yearot Menashe Festival
Mei Mei Photo Credit: Igal Klein
With support from a CJP Young Adult grant
ENCOUNTERS, MARCH 20 - APRIL 8 • ON VIEW (BOSTON COMMON), APRIL 25 - MAY 2 PATHWAYS TO FREEDOM: A PASSOVER PUBLIC ART PROJECT ENCOUNTERS: March 20 - April 8 VARIOUS LOCATIONS ON VIEW: Boston Common, April 25 - May 2
Julia’s artwork will reflect the hundreds of conversations she will have in the Greater Boston area, asking people from all backgrounds about their journeys to freedom. Drawing inspiration from these stories, and the symbolism within a Passover seder, Vogl will create a larger than life visual representation around the
Pathways to Freedom is a JArts public art project by internationally-acclaimed social sculptor Julia Vogl that
Boston Common Parkman Bandstand. The installation
will be installed on the Boston Common.
Inspired by the universal themes of the Passover Exodus story, the project will engage a broad multi-cultural audience from across the city in a community-wide dialogue around freedom and immigration.
“What I like about Julia’s work is its spirit of joyful enquiry. She seems genuinely fascinated by what makes us social creatures. There are very few artists who have a clear commitment to public art and who do it well.”
will be on display during Boston Art Week (beginning
There will be dozens of opportunities for you to be a part of this project. Complete information is available at JArtsBoston.org/Pathways
HOW TO BE A PART OF PATHWAYS TO FREEDOM:
Attend an encounter with Julia
2 3 4 Answer 4 questions about freedom
Create a pathways button to take home!
See all 2000+ buttons represented on the Boston Common
JOIN AN ENCOUNTER: Boston City Hall, March 21 WBUR, Boston, March 21 Temple Shalom, West Newton, March 22 JArts Immigration Shabbat Dinner, Newton, March 23 CIC, Boston, March 28 Mattahunt Community Center, Boston, March 28 Venture Cafe, Cambridge, March 29 Salem State University, April 2 Ulin House, JCHE, Brighton, April 3 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, April 4 Jewish Vocational Services, Boston, April 4 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, April 8 See website for details and additional encounters.
Nancy Durrant, Arts Commissioning Editor, The Times (of London) 8
Project Media Partner
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, RECEPTION 6:00 PM, CONCERT 7:30 PM YAEL DECKELBAUM AND PRAYER OF THE MOTHERS
PRE-CONCERT RECEPTION FOR YEHUDA YAAKOV
POST CONCERT: Conversation on Art, Optimism and Israel with Yael and Consul General Yehuda Yaakov
With his term as Consul General of Israel to New England expiring soon, join JArts, and many other local cultural organizations, in a pre-concert reception in honor of, and in thanks to, Yehuda Yaakov. Since arriving in Boston, Yehuda has been a strong advocate for the role the arts
LOCATION: Regis College 235 Wellesley Street Weston, MA Reception Ticket: $125 includes pre-show reception (6 pm) in honor of Consul General Yehuda Yaakov Premium Ticket: $50 until January 31, $55 from February 1 Preferred Seating: $36 until January 31, $40 from February 1 General Seating: $20 until January 31, $25 from February 1 Students: $10
Yael Deckelbaum & Prayer Of The Mothers is a new boundary breaking Israeli, multi-cultural women’s ensemble, inspired by the international Women Wage Peace movement. Yael, founding member of the legendary trio Habanot Nechama, is an award-winning Israeli/Canadian singer-songwriter and activist in the mold of Joan Baez.
Reception and concert tickets available at $125.
Yael‘s song “Prayer of The Mothers” became the anthem of the March of Hope – a group of 4,000 Palestinian and Israeli women who marched through the desert in a call for peace. A music video of this historic moment went viral with over 4 million views – and now you can see them perform “Prayer of the Mothers” and more live.
THE 2ND ANNUAL MICHAEL B. RUKIN MEMORIAL CONCERT Michael B. Rukin (z”l), entrepreneur, philanthropist, esteemed Jewish leader, an activist for Israel and great supporter of art and music. The evening is made possible by the kind generosity of the Michael B. Rukin Charitable Foundation.
can play in building appreciation and understanding of contemporary Israeli life. Join us before the concert as we recognize and toast this ardent supporter of the arts.
Yael Deckelbaum is using her musical talents and connections to help Israelis and Palestinians press for peace. -Jewish Independent
CONVERSATION: ART, OPTIMISM AND ISRAEL Immediately following the performance, Israeli Consul General Yehuda Yaakov will be joining Yael for a discussion on the role of the arts in optimism in Israel. 11
THURSDAY, MAY 3, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ANDY STATMAN: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL TREASURE
BAKING WITH THE BRASS SISTERS: A MULTIGENERATIONAL AFTERNOON
LOCATION: Center for the Arts in Natick 14 Summer Street Natick, MA Premium Seats $36, until January 31, $42 after February 1 Reserved Seats $30 until January 31, $36 after February 1
LOCATION: The Rashi School 8000 Great Meadow Road Dedham, MA $10 until January 1, $15 after February 1
Performing traditional Jewish music, bluegrass, and
Come and get your hands dirty on a Friday afternoon
Americana on both mandolin and clarinet, Andy
with the irresistible PBS stars, The Food Flirts! The sassy
Statman is a master of respecting and innovating musical
and hilarious sisters, Marilynn and Sheila Brass, will
traditions. In 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts
teach us some of their favorite treats to bake at home.
awarded Statman with a National Heritage Fellowship,
Hear their stories of growing up in an Orthodox home in
the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional
Winthrop, make some dough, and bring it home to bake
arts. He has performed and recorded with an incredible
and enjoy for Shabbat. Yummmmmmm.
range of artists including Itzhak Perlman, David Grisman, Ricky Scaggs, and David Bromberg. As Rolling Stone said, “Andy’s music is not bound by
“Andy Statman, mandolin and clarinet virtuoso, is an American visionary” - The New Yorker Photo 12 Credit: Larry Eagle
denominations, but is a beautiful sound, full of heat, heart, and a love of God.”
made possible with support from a CJP MetroWest Grant
This is a multigenerational event, meant for children ages 3-7 with a parent/grandparent/caregiver/friend,
‘While the Brass Sisters are serious about food, they also know how to have fun and enjoy themselves while preparing a meal their guests will love.’ - MetroWest Daily News
and any adult Food Flirts fans who would like to join.
TUESDAY, JUNE 12 AND WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 ONE OF THE 10 BEST NON-FICTION BOOKS OF 2017 BY THE HUFFINGTON POST.
MICHAEL TWITTY: SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE Michael Twitty, award-winning food writer, independent scholar, and culinary historian, describes himself as outside the mainstream and “four time blessed” - “large of body, gay, African American and Jewish.”
Going by Kosher/Soul, Michael champions with what he has termed “identity cooking.” Identity cooking isn’t about fusion; rather it is how we construct complex identities that we express through food and taste. Kosher/ Soul is about melding the histories, tastes, flavors, and Diasporic wisdom of being Black and being Jewish, and exploring how both cultures express values through the plate.
CONVERSATION TUESDAY, JUNE 12TH 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society 99-101 Newbury Street Boston, MA $15 through January 30, $20 after February 1
COOKING DEMO + DINNER WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13TH 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm NE-CAT 23 Bradston Street Boston, MA $50 (includes a light dinner sampling some of Michael’s recipes)
Michael discusses his book, The Cooking Gene, about his personal mission to document the connection between food history and his family history from Africa to America, from slavery
Kosher/Soul cooking demonstration, dinner and conversation about sharing cultures by sharing cuisines. Presented in partnership with the African American Museum.
This Scholar in Residency was made possible with support from the CJP Jewish Learning and Engagement Commission.
IF YOUR COULD FIND A WAY OUT OF EGYPT
FIND A SITTER
“Blacks and Jews are the only peoples I know who use food to talk about their past while they eat it.” - Twitty Photo Credit: Ryan Smith
ORDER MICHAEL’S BOOK WITH YOUR TICKET FOR AN ADDITIONAL $25, A $4 SAVINGS.
ART THINK TANK
JEWISH ARTS COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP AMBASSADORS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Howard Cohen (Chair)
Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
Jessica Alpert Silber
Rabbi Claudia Kreiman
Rachel Leah Blumenthal
Daniel Navisky (Clerk)
Terri Swartz Russell
David Orlinoff (Treasurer)
Lorre Polinger (Vice Chair)
Rabbi Jillian Cameron
Rabbi Darby Leigh
Sari Anne Rapkin (Vice Treasurer)
Robert L. Beal
Naomi Gurt Lind
Lara Freishtat Jeff Gabel Jennifer Garrett
Jesse Garlick Barbara Wallace Grossman
DeDe Jacobs Komisar
Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
Ronald M. Druker (Past Chair)
Paula Sidman (Past Chair)
Erik Jacobs Alex Khitrik Dena Kowaloff
Gale Ann Merle
Morris Housen 16
FOOD THINK TANK
Jeff Werner 17
MAJOR SPONSORS Beal Family Combined Jewish Philanthropies Julie and Ronald M. Druker The Klarman Family Foundation Krupp Family Foundation
Laura Mandel, Executive Director
Myra Musicant and Howard Cohen
Jim Ball, Communications Director
Polinger Family Foundation
Joey Baron, Artistic Director
Michael B. Rukin Charitable Foundation
Marissa Gross, Production Director
Kara Kirby, Administrative Coordinator
Susan and Jerry Slavet
SPRING 2018 WITH THE JEWISH ARTS COLLABORATIVE Thursday, February 22 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm BBK Pop-Up: Babka Making at Mamaleh’s Mamaleh’s 1 Kendall Square Cambridge, MA
Sunday, March 11 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen Back Bay Events Center 180 Berkeley Street Boston, MA
Thursday, March 15 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Bint el Funk with Special Guests: Drumatix Somerville Armory 191 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA
March 18 - May 6 PATHWAYS TO FREEDOM: Passover Public Art Project on Boston Common Various Locations
Thursday, April 19 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Yael Deckelbaum and Prayer of the Mothers Regis College 235 Wellesley Street Weston, MA
Thursday, May 3 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Andy Statman: An American Musical Treasure Center for the Arts in Natick 14 Summer Street Natick, MA
Friday, May 4 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Baking with the Brass Sisters The Rashi School 8000 Great Meadow Road Dedham, MA
Tuesday, June 12 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Michael Twitty: In Conversation Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS 99-101 Newbury Street Boston, MA
Wednesday, June 13 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Michael Twitty: Kosher/Soul cooking demonstration NE-CAT 23 Bradston Street Boston, MA
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