Wire and beads

Spring 2018

 

This collaborative art installation was created by students in grade three through twelve under the direction of artist Sara Haskin. With a goal of helping raise awareness for our congregation and its visitors around Hachlala (inclusion), the artwork illustrates the connection between ancient Jewish texts and the core fabric of our daily experience. It was inspired by the study of the following two Jewish texts:

 

“For My house shall be a house of prayer for ALL people.”   (Isaiah 56:5)

“If there is a person among you with needs, you shall not harden your heart, but you shall surely open your hand.”

(Deuteronomy. 15:7-8)

Students explored these texts in Hevruta (partner) learning experiences and then translated their learning to design by thinking with Kavanah (intention) about the shapes and colors they chose to include in their work. As various design themes presented naturally through their work, they were grouped together to represent the heart, hand, and house of prayer noted in the texts, as well as the circle of circles that symbolize how we all might be different but can still come together and make a larger impact when united. The installation is hanging in the windows to encourage reflection for all those that pass by, and will hopefully serve as a visual reminder for us to consider inclusion as part of the continuum on our Jewish journey.

 

This project was made possible with the efforts of Scott A. Newman (Director of Youth and Family Education), Tova Speter (CJP Consultant), and all the teachers and students who contributed to the process with intention, thought, and community-wide collaboration.

 

Note: Additional art was created by younger students as they explored the connection between various Middot (values) and supplemental texts about inclusion. Look for their work in some of our outdoor spaces and read more about all of the artwork created (including videos of the process) by going to www.bethelsudbury.org and/or by [scanning this QR code].