The opening reception for the new “Gemilut Hasadim at The J: A Collaborative Exhibit” attracted some 50 community members Tuesday night. The crowd gathered to view a new collection of artwork created by groups and individuals from The J’s partner agencies that explore the Jewish theme of gemilut hasadim, or the giving of loving-kindness.
“We’re thrilled that so many people turned up for this,” says Brooke Bowles, executive director. “What better way for us to come together as a community while showcasing the important work of our many partners.
“Knowing about and portraying acts of loving-kindness is incredibly important now given current events,” she adds. “And as one attendee wrote so poignantly after the event, ‘Collectively we have the power to be the light that pierces the darkness.'”
The exhibit, which was inspired by a similar show at the Nashville JCC, will soon be displayed permanently at The J along with artist statements. Participating organizations include:
- Chabad of Alabama
- Cohn Early Childhood Learning Center
- Collat Jewish Family Services/Caring for Adults through Respite, Enrichment & Socialization
- I3 Academy
- Levite Jewish Community Center
- Temple Beth-El
- Temple Emanu-El
Select each image below to view it in full size. Paintings are labeled with the contributor name; come to The J to view the art along with artist statements.