Jewish Education through an Animated Shorts Series

Organization: Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY

Grant Year: 2012

Project Director: Ms. Jean Bloch Rosensaft

Type of Grant: Signature

Grant Amount: $35,000.00 (1 year)

Website: http://huc.edu/research/museums/huc-jir-museum-new-york

This grant funded the creation of a traveling version of multi-media and visual artist Hanan Harchol’s exhibition and a meaningful educational resource manual that serves as both an exhibition catalogue and an educational guide.

In this exhibition, Harchol explores “personal family dynamics to illuminate the relevance of Jewish wisdom in contemporary life.” Via “conversations between the artist and his parents, depicted in animated videos and powerful, expressionist drawings, animated stills, and tapestries, [Harchol] offers unexpected perspectives on the themes of Envy, Repentance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Fear, Humility, and Faith.

The illustrated catalogue and resource includes essays by Rabbi David Ellenson, Covenant Foundation Board Member Eli Evans, Executive Director Harlene Appelman, Hanan Harchol, Laura Kruger, Matthew Baigell, Maoz Kahana, Tali Kahana, Rabbi Leon Morris, and Joe Septimus, as well as study guides to the animations written by Rabbi Leora Kaye.