The Israel Partnership Program sponsors many different exchange programs for members of our Jewish Community. There is truly something for everyone!
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Four Educators from our Partnership city of Hadera-Eiron spent four days with us here in Jacksonville. During their visit, they spent time at many of our Jewish schools and synagogues. They met with our Women's Division and enjoyed being hosted by the Canady, Mitzmacher, Adelson and Fisch families. Here are some snapshots from their trip!
For two weeks in July, Jacksonville played host to an incredible teen delegation and their chaperone from our Partnership city of Hadera, Israel. The Israelis enjoyed their interactions with campers at many of our local Jewish Day Camps including the JCA Theater Camp and Camp Sabra, Camp Sheves Achim at Etz Chaim and also at Camp Ki Tov at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. In addition to working at the camps, the teens shared an evening of music with the residents at The Coves and experienced many fun local outings including The Great Escape Room, a historic tour of St. Augustine, a Peterbrooke Chocolate class and a painting afternoon at Yes You Canvas.
Music by Aaron Abel, Lyrics by Noa Sabach
"Ahavas Achim: A Study in Study" was created by artist Susan Natale for this year's Partnership Program. "I was honored," said Natale, "to be selected once again to represent the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville and have an opportunity to cross borders and connect communities through art."
For Natale, an opportunity to make art driven by Jewish themes is an opportunity to repurpose personal archives into contemporary assemblage. "Everyone has a story, and every painting tells a tale. As an artist, it can be challenging to have guidelines, but it may ultimately help to create a more focused piece."
In "Study," the challenges were logistical as well as dimensional. But, a meeting with Jill Abel helped complete the piece. "It was simply a matter of framing -- every double entendre intended."
P2G Artist Susan Natale
In her piece, Natale applied repurposed materials, including fabric, thread from a Holocaust survivor furrier, an archived Polaroid photograph, metal tile scraps, vinyl, and acrylic paint on masonite. What emerged is rooted in memories of a childhood shul.
"Since girls were not permitted to have a Bat Mitzvah, I gave a 6th Grade Graduation speech," she recalls. "This was a very progressive concession from a shtetl Orthodox Rabbi back in the day. I delivered it in rudimentary Yiddish, and, after a brief welcome to the congregants, I said that we have much to learn, and this we hope to do." Through the Israel Partnership Program's Psalms Art project, Natale had just such an opportunity.
We are delighted to have sent Ahavas Achim: A Study in Study" to join the works of over 40 American and Israeli artists who will be featured at "The Psalms Exhibit" opening in Hadera-Eiron in March, 2016. The show will then tour the southern United States, with a stop here in Jacksonville in late 2017.