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Two Fall Art Exhibitions at the Jack H. Skirball Campus of HUC-JIR in Los Angeles

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is pleased to present a pair of thoughtprovoking art exhibitions this fall at its Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles: “Deeply Rooted” and “Photographic Visions of the Diaspora.” A free artists’ reception for both will take place October 17, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the College-Institute, 3077 University Avenue.

“Deeply Rooted” explores the connection between the two primordial trees in the Garden of Eden: the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Four artists present literal and metaphoric understandings of these powerful symbols as they have developed over the centuries and have been used in science, religion and philosophy. The exhibition highlights the works of Gary Frederick Brown, Bonita Helmer, Maddy LeMel, and Hillel Smith. It runs through December 14, 2012.

“Photographic Visions of the Diaspora” features the work of the late Sy Edelstein, who spent years photographing Jewish shopkeepers from New York to Los Angeles. His work in the 1980s and ’90s captures a once vibrant but rapidly fading world of small businesses that, as Edelstein said, “are a part of our lives, and whose presence we take for granted.” His exhibition will continue until May 31, 2013.

“Deeply Rooted” and “Photographic Visions of the Diaspora” are organized by Anne Hromadka, Guest Curator of the Art Collection and Exhibitions at HUC-JIR’s Jack H. Skirball Campus, in partnership with the College-Institute’s Enhancement Committee. To attend the artists’ reception, please contact Hattie Pearson at (213) 765-2106 or by October 10, 2012. Gallery tours may be arranged by contacting her as well.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.