Pictured, left to right: Jean Abarbanel, Co-chair, LA Enhancement Committee; Susan Gezundtheit, Artist; Anne Hromadka, Jewish Artists Initiative Curator; Peachy Levy, Co-Chair, LA Enhancement Committee; Nancy Goodman Lawrence, Artist; Deborah Sokolow, Artist; Pat Berger, Artist; Harriet Zeitlin, Artist; Jean Edelstein, Artist; Ruth Weisberg, Founding President JAI, and former Dean, USC School of Fine Arts.
Not in photo: Eugene Yelchin, Artist
On March 2, 2011, the Los Angeles Enhancement Committee hosted a reception for the participating artists in the exhibit, "...L'chi Lach, on your journey I will bless you...", co-sponsored by the Jewish Artists Initiative, at the HUC-JIR Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. During the reception, the featured artists spoke of their personal journeys as reflected in their art.
In discussing the exhibition, Curator Anne Hromadka wrote, “The assembled artworks focus on the many journeys these artists and we as viewers will take throughout our lives. They are meant to give comfort along the way and remind us that, like for Abram, the end of our travels holds a promise of revelation, redemption, and the everlasting beauty of self-discovery along our journey.” Click here to read Hromadka's curatorial statement.
Miriam Philips (below), a rabbinical student at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, was the closing speaker at the reception, which featured a tribute to Debbie Friedman. She delivered an Ahavah Rabbah prayer titled "Standing at the Wall," which Philips wrote and was edited by Debbie Friedman, z''l. Click here to read the prayer.
Pictured: Miriam Philips delivering "Standing at the Wall"