What does Jewish tradition teach us about tikkun olam-repairing the world? The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty works to repair the world every day by ameliorating poverty and hunger in New York City. Through the striking images of photographer Caryl Englander, we witness the deeds of kindness that the Met Council performs in neighborhoods throughout New York City.
Jan 4 – Feb 1 2005
Elliot Erwitt exhibition in the Laurie M Tisch Gallery at the JCC in Manhattan
April 27 – June 8, 2004
The JCC is privileged to present the work of Frederic Brenner, renowned chronicler of Jewish Diversity. The exhibition is held in conjunction with the publication by HarperCollins of a two-volume collection of photographs taken over the past 25 years in more than 40 countries. Brenner's work represents the most extensive visual record of Jewish life ever created, and celebrates the many faces of Jews and the many expressions of Judaism. Images from the book will be on view in the Laurie Tisch Sussman Gallery in the JCC lobby.
Photograph by Adam Eidelberg, displayed in the Instructor Exhibition at the JCC in Manhattan
Sept 1 – 27, 2004
Through a Jewish Woman’s Lens featured the work of prominent 20th Century Jewish women photographers, who through their images examined their relationships to Judaism and Jewish life. The photographers included Gay Block, Lauren Greenfield, Karen Haberberg, Gillian Laub, Margalit Mannor, Alisa Olmert, Rachel Papo, Joan Roth, Janice Rubin, and Andrea Stern. All contributed enormously to the art world and to the Jewish community. This exhibition provided a unique opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to learn about these women and the unique lenses through which they see the world. Made possible by a generous grant from The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York and co-sponsored by Ma’yan: The Jewish Women’s Project at the JCC.
March 8, 2006
Israeli artist Leora Laor, displayed digital video stills of surreal scenes of everyday people in Jerusalem’s main public park and in Mea Shearim, the city’s ultra-Orthodox religious neighborhood. Laor’s Wanderland conveyed a dual meaning in name and image. ‘Wander’ concerns human wandering and the wandering Jew, in contrast to the word ‘land,’ which signifies permanence. Although the photographs are reminiscent of 19th-century Realist and Impressionist styles, they are very much products of 21st-century technology. After capturing the image from a great distance, Laor enlarged the pixels to a point where the picture plane was close to being deconstructed; the predominant color of the image intensified often evoking that color’s corresponding mood. Co-sponsored by the Andrea Meislin Gallery.
January 19–February 28, 2006