A NEW SERIES – “TORAH THROUGH THE ARTS:” SPIRITUAL AND ETHICAL THEMES IN BOSTON’S ARTS SCENE Continuing CRT’s established tradition of seeking connections between our Jewish values and the Arts; we have planned a year-long series of programs linked to current theatre, film, and museum events.
December 13 – Chanukah at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Join temple members and the community at large in the MFA Annual community celebration. Rabbi Berman will be lighting the menorah and providing a community wide blessing. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm. Please let us know if you will be joining us and we will look into having a CRT group dinner at the MFA. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
January 7, 2018 – A recap of our visit to the Museum of Russian Icons: Migration + Memory: Jewish Artists of the Russian and Soviet Empires. On Sunday, January 7th, 15 CRT members met in Clinton, MA for a tour of the Museum’s current exhibition: Migration + Memory: Jewish Artists of the Russian and Soviet Empires. We participated in a tour with the Central MA JCC and a group from Temple Sinai‐Emanuel of Worcester.
The exhibit features 60 works of art from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the twentieth century. Organized by Boston’s Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and presented by the Museum of Russian Icons, it is curated by BRAI’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein, and structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period.
Highlights included hearing about how this museum came to be located in Clinton and about the exhibit’s collector, Vladimir Torchilin. If it were not for this special exhibit, even Rabbi Berman could not have found a connection between Judaism and the museum’s vast collection of Russian Orthodox icons! Our tour guide elegantly led us through the exhibit and shared what he learned through readings about the Jews’ migration from Russia throughout the world. Many of the artists represented in this collection later in their lives moved from Russia to the US and throughout Europe.
After the tour, our group mingled in the museum’s coffee shop and discussed the exhibit over coffee, tea and cookies. Rabbi Berman followed up on the themes of the exhibit and, as always, brought home the lessons of the day in relation to broader themes of Jewish history and thought.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS WITH THESE UPCOMING PROGRAMS IN THIS SERIES!
January 13 – Saturday at 5 pm Movie Night, The Next Voice You Hear. 1951 Classic with James Whitmore and Nancy Davis (Reagan) – a reflection of the Post War religious revival in America, and the fears of the Cold War. Event will take place at the Screening room at Millennium Towers. Pizza or Pot Luck to be determined. RSVP required by emailing email@example.com.
March 11 – Sunday at 2 pm performance of The White Card, Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater. This is a new play on the state of racial conflict in America. For more information and to purchase tickets go to https://artsemerson.org/. Sunday at 2pm followed by a discussion over coffee or dinner.
April 29 –Sunday at 4 pm performance of “TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR…’ A NEW VAUDEVILLE INSPIRED COMEDY ABOUT ‘THE LAST TWO JEWS LEFT IN AFGHANISTAN. For more information and to purchase tickets go to http://www.newrep.org/. Following the play we will gather for dinner or coffee.
May 23 – Wednesday at 7:30 pm, Speakeasy Stage “ALLEGIANCE”- Regional Premiere of a new drama about the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II. For more information and to purchase tickets go to http://www.speakeasystage.com/2017-2018-season/ We will gather prior for dinner or lite bite.