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The Art of Moshe Rynecki

Elizabeth Rynecki | Posted 08.11.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Rynecki

My great-grandfather, Moshe Rynecki, was split between affinities: on the one hand, he was a painter of traditional Jewish life in Poland, settling his gaze upon scenes of synagogue, teaching, labor and leisure. On the other hand, his self-portraits reveal a man apart from the world he depicted.

Jewish Group Demands Return Of All Nazi-looted Art

AP | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | Posted 01.30.2014 | Arts

BERLIN (AP) — Germany must make a stronger effort to identify and return thousands of looted art pieces the Nazis took from Jews, the president of t...

The Return of the Blood Libel: Can Art Stop the Hemorrhaging of Hate?

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

You might shake your head at this grim piece of history and then be comforted that those hate-driven persecutions were rooted in a primitive bygone era. But think again.

Jesus in Jewish Art: The Missing Pieces

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Artworks commonly Christianized Jesus, his family and close followers while omitting their Jewish identities. This phenomenon contributed significantly to the historic rift between Christianity and Judaism by picturing Jesus and Jews as separate.

Happy Birthday, Marc Chagall!

Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts

In honor of Marc Chagall's birthday, we are revisiting a post originally published last year honoring the artist's life and work. Today marks the b...

A Family Tree Unearthed

Jonathan Greenstein | Posted 08.12.2013 | Arts
Jonathan Greenstein

After more than 20 years of trying to research and discover his family's roots, Rabbi Shull stumbled on a complete family tree, dating back 400 years to his European Jewish roots.

'Tender Shreds' Explores Jewish Sexuality And Politics

Neil Thrun | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Neil Thrun

Andi Arnovitz's "Tender Shreds," at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, is a powerful exhibition of artworks that combine the artist's unique feminist and Jewish Orthodox viewpoints.

Why I Spent $67,000 On Judaica

Jonathan Greenstein | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Greenstein

Antique Judaica is a micro-niche in the art and antique world. There are about 15 million Jews in the world, but only about 700 active collectors. One would think that with such a small market base, there would be almost zero demand for antique Judaica. It's actually quite the opposite.

Understanding the Art of Shavous

Jonathan Greenstein | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
Jonathan Greenstein

Over the centuries, there have been many different ways to decorate the Torah. Like all Judaica, there is no particular style of Jewish art. Jews adapted their decoration to whatever surrounding local style they were living in. Here are some examples.

Hip-Hop Seder? Contemporary Jewish Museum Swaps Seder Table For Turntables

Alexis Sclamberg | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Alexis Sclamberg

Melding contemporary and traditional Jewish themes through a hip-hop medium, CJM is shaking things up and re-imagining Passover to make it compelling for a new crowd in 2013.

How Purim Got Its Silver Lining: Megillot From the Ages

Jonathan Greenstein | Posted 04.03.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Greenstein

I can think of no greater way to celebrate the joyous and happy holiday of Purim than to read the megillah, knowing that previous generations have held the same piece that is in my hands, smiling.

LOOK: Redeeming Eve: Female Orthodox Jewish Artists Come Out

Sarah Lehat | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Sarah Lehat

Seeping onto the walls of galleries and museums for some time now, the trickle of provocative work by Jewish female artists of the Orthodox persuasion has turned into a flood.

Who Are The Punk Jews?

Saul Sudin | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Saul Sudin

Today, the communal lifestyles of Jews are evolving and changing unlike anything in the last several centuries. Many synagogues and community centers are scrambling to figure out how to connect to a younger generation that is more transient and globally minded than ever before.

Painting On Chabad Facebook Page Sparks Charges Of Racism

Menachem Wecker | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

The question of how appropriate the work is, and whether it belongs on Chabad's official Facebook page, may literally be out of the artist's and Chabad's hands at this point.

Hebrew-Arabic Calligraphy From God's Own Country

Paul Rockower | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Paul Rockower

Thoufeek Zakriya is a wonderful symbol of India's legendary tolerance for religious communities. He is a Muslim who does masterful Hebrew calligraphy.

'Voices & Visions': The Design Of Great Jewish Ideas

Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." This pearl of wisdom from Martin Buber could apply to taking a visual tri...

Happy Birthday Marc Chagall!

Posted 07.07.2012 | Arts

Today marks the birthday of one of the art world's most beloved Marcs, Marc Chagall. The painter reached the hearts and imaginations of people worldwi...

Museum Of Biblical Art (MOBiA) Raises Its Profile Amid Array Of Challenges

Religion News Service | David Van Biema | Posted 06.21.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) When art historian Bruce Boucher wanted to reunite the three panels of a huge 14th-century altarpiece from three different countries, t...

The Wandering Jewish Artist: A Portrait Of Moshe Givati

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Givati's last few months could be characterized by the vibrantly colorful paintings he stayed up nights to create, each displaying symbolic images reflecting the inner workings of a troubled mind.

The Inspiration Of Chagall's Mystical Stained Glass

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

I walked out of the church into a warm and breezy afternoon feeling lighter. The experience reminded me that reconciliation and healing between peoples is possible.

Yom HaShoah: A Day To Remember The Good We Lost

Andrea Strongwater | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion
Andrea Strongwater

This year, I am choosing to remember what was lost and trying to bring it back to its place in history where not just the murders, but the culture, will be remembered.

3 Religion Trends At The European Fine Art Fair

Menachem Wecker | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Whatever the odds, there was a lot to be said about religion and religious art at TEFAF. In virtually ever section of the fair, there were at least dozens of examples of fascinating works with religious content and themes.

A Jewish Year And How I Found Lost Synagogues

Andrea Strongwater | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Andrea Strongwater

How did I decide to re-create synagogues across Europe that were lost during the Third Reich and WWII? My art licensing agent asked if I could create a Jewish calendar. It was a dream assignment.

The Sacred Words And Images Of Five World Religions (PHOTOS)

Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- In the light of the Orme Lewis Gallery in Phoenix Art Museum, the brilliantly illustrated pages of the 18th century Chinese Quran se...

Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues Of Europe

Andrea Strongwater | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Andrea Strongwater

World War II saw the destruction of 6 million Jews, their lives, their homes and thousands of synagogues. I am telling a part of Jewish history that I have missed hearing: what came before the war.