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The Jewish Identity & Legacy Project is an oral history, arts and storytelling project with a focus upon Jewish elders and their legacy.  The project took place at Sholom Home, an elder facility in the Twin Cities.  I began a series of interviews with a cross-section of residents, most in their 90s and  spanning those who grew up in early immigrant communities in Minnesota, Russian immigrants and Holocaust survivors. I then developed artwork and video and ultimately published the book, We Spoke Jewish: A Legacy of Stories, combining artwork and story.

The stories were often visually rich and our subjects relished the retelling.  Some stories were painful.  Many were deeply moving.  Some could state their identity and legacy clearly.  More often they told us stories out of which it emerged, not neatly packaged, but evident nonetheless. Together they give glimpses of the life experiences that create identity and in turn the legacy of the broader Jewish community.  

My Partners

Sholom acted as a sponsor and the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest advised and ultimately published the book.  The videos now reside in the archives of the University of Minnesota.  The Minnesota Historical Society (through funds from the State of Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund) provided support to complete the interviews and publish the book.

Click on thumbnails to view the larger image, read the underlying story as well as link to related blogs and video excerpts.
 


       
Sleeping With the Chickens - 2012
Acrylic
on Canvas 24"x30"

Fallen Leaves 2011
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"
Lozn Sha - 2012
Acrylic on Board 2




Fire, Light, and Legacy - 2011
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"


Grandma Zelda- 2012
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"

Yiddishkeit - 2013
Acrylic on Canvas 24"x30"









  



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Bessie Sends Greetings - 2012
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"



Postcard from New Ulm II 2016
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"

Bricks for Bread 2016
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"



















  
   



Sleeping Girl 2012
Acrylic on Board 12"x12"


Synagogue 2012
Acrylic on Board 12"x12"

Sleeping With Chickens II 2012
Acrylic on Board 12"x12












EverythingStopped

FromHerMother


Making Knishes 2011
Acrylic on Canvas 24"x30"



Everything Stopped 2012
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"


From Her Mother 2013
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"











Damn Fish


AlefBes

BodyMind


Those #%& Fish 2013
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"




Alef-Beys 2013
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"

Body & Soul 2013
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"











BuildingBlocks


legacyunchained



A Matter of Chemistry 2013
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"


Legacy Unchained 2017
Acrylic on Canvas 30"x24"























        






























    






















 

















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