The Jewish Home Beautiful – Revisited: January 23, 2011

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It would be wonderful if you could join us for the second in The Jewish Home Beautiful – Revisited series of community performance events, which will be held on January 23, 2011 to coincide with the holiday of Tu Bishvat – the Jewish annual celebration of the New Year for Trees.

Please mark the date, time and location in your calendars:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

13h30-14h00 Welcome and registration
14h00-16h00 The Jewish Home Beautiful – Revisited

Gelber Conference Centre, 2 Cummings Square (on Cote-Ste-Catherine Road at the corner of Westbury)

RSVP: Devora Neumark:

The Jewish Home Beautiful – Revisited is part of a research/creation cycle called Radical Beauty for Troubled Times: The (Un)Making of Home.

This community performance like the first Jewish Home Beautiful – Revisited event (that took place on June 2, 2010 at Concordia University’s FOFA Gallery) is based in part on the original Jewish Home Beautiful script that was written in the 1930s by Betty D. Greenberg and Althea O. Silverman and performed ever since in Jewish congregations across North American. Unlike the original theatrical pageant, this upcoming event will unfold in dialogue with everyone present on the 23rd of January 2011.

At the heart of this conversation will be a reflection about our relationship – both physical and symbolic – to the orchards, groves and forests in Israel/Palestine. While we celebrate this New Year for Trees and mark the Middle-Eastern season wherein the earliest-blossoms emerge from their winter sleep to begin a new fruit-bearing cycle, let us also consider the choices made about which trees are being planted where and whose are being cut down.

Looking forward to your participation,
Devora Neumark in collaboration with (in alphabetical order): Andrew Harder, Vera Kisfalvi, Chantale Laplante, Lesley Levy, Diana Yaros, Sonia Zylberberg

Devora Neumark is an artist-in-residence at matralab.