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Sunday, January 14

8:45am PST

Cartooning a Split Jewish Identity: The Autobiographical Comics of Miriam Libicki
Nonfiction graphic novelist Miriam Libicki will read from her works on identity, politics, and Israel-diaspora relations, and encourage the audience to explore their own stereotype fears by leading them in drawing their own cartoon self-portraits.

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Miriam Libicki

Miriam Libicki is a graphic novelist living in Vancouver, Canada. Her short comics have been published by Alternate History Comics, Rutgers University Press, and the Journal of Jewish Identities, and her Israeli Army memoir jobnik! has been used in over a dozen university courses... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am PST
Horizon (South)

10:15am PST

Chagall Was Not Alone: Jews, Art, and Change In Revolutionary Russia…and Now
Marc Chagall was a very significant artist, but he did not stand alone, nor did his styles emerge from nowhere. Learn about the influences of radical universalist art movements, cooperation, fertile imaginations, and the radically important work of Jewish artists, including Chagall, at the intersections of Jewish culture, modernity, and the Russian Revolution—and discuss whether the cultural, artistic, and political revolution represented by these artists intersects with our own times.

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Rainer Waldman Adkins

Rainer Waldman Adkins is a Hebrew calligrapher, draughtsman, painter, muralist, and printmaker, with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington. Artworks by Rainer are highly visible at Congregation Beth Shalom and the Kline Galland Home. He is the Program/Art... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am PST
McAleer (South)

11:45am PST

Reel Jew-ISH: Seattle's Jewish Women in Film
This panel features five local Jewish women filmmakers whose Jewish upbringing, education, values, film subjects, families, workplaces, and faith/religious/support communities influence their artistic vision and fuel their passions for (reel Jewish) stories onscreen—explicitly or implicitly. View clips from their various films, works in progress, and learn about their journey from curious questioners to cinematic sisters.

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Pamela Lavitt

Pamela Lavitt is the Director of Arts+Ideas (since 2012) and the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (since 2005) at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, bringing over 100 international artists, films, and filmmakers annually to the Greater Seattle region. Trained as an oral historian, folklorist... Read More →

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Emily Alhadeff

Emily Keeler Alhadeff is a Seattle-based writer focused on religion, technology, travel, arts, and culture. She is the editor of the award-winning Jewish in Seattle magazine, a glossy lifestyle publication in the Puget Sound region. Her work has appeared in Tablet, Moment, and... Read More →
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Lisa Cohen

Lisa Cohen worked as a post producer for over 15 years, and has extensive expertise in shepherding film and video projects through the post-production process. During her seven years managing the digital-to-film department at Alpha Cine Seattle, Lisa oversaw the digital transfers... Read More →
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Lisa Hurwitz

Lisa Hurwitz is a first-time feature director who was among five emerging filmmakers invited to compete in the 2016 Paley DocPitch and is a 2017 recipient of the City of Seattle's 4Culture grant. Lisa works for the Stroum JCC as a programmer for their Arts+Ideas stage and as part... Read More →
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Elisa Levine

Elisa Levine is a Seattle-based film director and producer. Her new film, Sweetheart Deal, represents a 20-year fascination with story-driven documentaries about marginalized subcultures. Elisa initiated the film with an extensive investigation of Seattle’s Aurora Avenue, and eventually... Read More →
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Leah Warshawski

(Note: Leah cannot be at the panel, but will participate with Pamela Lavitt reading and showing clips.) Leah Warshawski produces and directs documentary-style features, television, commercials, and branded entertainment in remote parts of the world. Her first feature, Finding Hillywood (2013... Read More →
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Sharon Zweiback

Sharon Zweiback’s first film, pearls, a documentary about domestic violence, was sponsored by the Seattle Channel. It was screened at the 2012 UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival in Ithaca, NY. Her recent work What If, a dance film shot in Discovery Park, WA, is currently in... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
Highlander (North)

1:15pm PST

Expressing the Parsha through Art
Text and art—they have gone hand in hand for centuries. David Moss, an American-born, Jerusalem artist tells stories of the Hebrew Bible through art. Using color and shape, Moss brings alive stories like "The Akeida"—the binding of Isaac—without using words, and offers a new perspective on understanding the text. We'll examine this story and how David Moss brings it to life, and think about how we might apply this technique to other texts. This class promises to provide a new lens for studying Torah, noticing patterns, language choices, and movement between biblical characters. Designed for both longtime and new students of Torah.

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Jill Borodin

Rabbi, Congregation Beth Shalom
Jill Borodin is the senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in the north end of Seattle. She has been in Seattle since 2005 and is a native of Toronto, Canada and loves text study, art, creativity and being outdoors. Jill Borodin is passionate about the issue of immigration and the... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
McAleer (South)

2:45pm PST

Art out of Poetry: A Visual Study of Yehuda Amichai's Poems
Yehuda Amichai is considered by many to be modern Hebrew’s foremost poet. His poetry is straightforward yet laced with deep emotion, striking imagery, and allusions to Jewish texts and traditions. Together we will read a few of Yehuda Amichai’s poems and discuss them as a group. We will then use a variety of techniques such as collage, drawing, painting, and simple printmaking to create works of art inspired by the poems we have studied. We will reconvene at the end of the session to discuss the art we have made.

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Nancy Current

Nancy Current, a Seattle artist painting and printmaking on glass and paper, exhibits and teaches nationally and in Canada. She has been captivated by the Jewish art genre of visual midrash, which interprets Jewish texts with art. Her most recent exhibition with Robin Atlas, "On the... Read More →
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Tamar Libicki

Tamar Libicki is an avid Torah student and an enthusiastic giver of divre torah. She attended Nancy Current's Visual Midrash class in 2015 and has been hooked on the expression of Torah wisdom and narrative through art ever since. She and Nancy Current taught a class on art based... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
Cascade (East)

4:15pm PST

On Our Doorposts—Never Forget! A New Mezuzah
We are exhorted to remember Torah teaching on our doorposts and our eyes...to teach, pray, remember, and share with the future. Mezuzah scrolls and covers are critical to Jewish life. If the traditional mezuzah represents our commitment to Torah commandments and values, how can we create a second kind of mezuzah to remind us to honor the courage and resilience of survivors of the Shoah? We will discuss and create a mezuzah and cover as an endless physical, spiritual, moral reminder of the Shoah. There will be a wide variety of materials to work with.

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sooze bloom deLeon grossman

Artist, educator, revolutionary bon vivant. Gardens of love, flowers and food, community, solidarity and learning, art and making...alchemy of co-creation lived in the splendid, amazing Now. My central spiritual practice is radical appreciation and gratitude. My primary life task... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
Olympic (East)