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Celebrate Israel: Cooking Demo Recipes

  JArts brought some extra flavor to the community-wide Celebrate Israel day this year with cooking demos by local favorite chefs Michael Leviton (formerly of Area Four and Lumiere), Ilan Barniv (Bonapita), and Avi Shemotov (The Chubby Chickpea). Inspired by the JArts/IAC culinary tour of Israel earlier this year, Michael Leviton created a mouthwatering Hawajj …

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IN THE NEWS: Boston Globe Pathways to Freedom article 3/23/18

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IN THE NEWS: Hear WBUR’s The Artery segment on Pathways to Freedom

Arts reporter Maria Garcia did a wonderful and revealing story on JArts Pathways To Freedom project on WBUR’s The Artery. Click below to hear the story.

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IN THE NEWS: Boston.com Pathways To Freedom Article 3/21/18

        By Kristi Palma March 21, 2018 What are your thoughts on freedom and immigration? London-based social sculptor Julia Vogl wants to know, so she can weave your answers into a massive public art project she’ll install on the Boston Common next month. The project, called Pathways to Freedom, was commissioned by the …

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Passover, Freedom and Public Art: An Interview with Julia Vogl

Read the beginning of this wonderful interview with Julia Vogl by Judith Rosenbaum of the Jewish Women’s Archive here, and then read the rest on their blog site linked below. Artist Julia Vogl travels the world, transforming public spaces into works of art that reflect the shared experiences of the local community while embuing those …

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4 Questions, 7 stickers, 2000 Conversations

  A moment with Julia Vogl, sculpture artist extraordinaire! Julia explains the process behind her newest public art installation, Pathways to Freedom, on the Boston Common this Spring.   WHAT IS THE ARTWORK? As I engage with people across the city, they each share their unique perspective and receive an assemblage of stickers that they …

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A Shabbat Dinner to Share Stories

A Shabbat Dinner to Share Stories by Joey Baron As part of the Pathways to Freedom public art project, we’ll be talking with hundreds of people across Greater Boston to share their stories of immigration and perspectives on freedom. What a great topic for a Shabbat dinner table conversation! We hope you join us and …

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Eating Our Way Through Israel

by Laura Mandel Cooking with savtas/bubbies/grandmas, exploring the world’s freshest tahini, so many kinds of Arak, foraging and cooking a meal in the Galil – these were a few highlights of the JArts – Israeli American Council January 2018 exploratory culinary tour of Israel. Traveling with Boston’s beloved chefs Michael Leviton and Tony Maws, on …

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Some Little-Known Facts About the Holiday of Purim from the Ball Shem Tov

The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the ancient story of the plot by Haman, the vizier of Persian King Ahashuerus, to kill all Persian Jews—and how Esther and her cousin Mordechai foiled the plot and saved them. It’s celebrated in synagogues often with a play, called a Purimshpiel, which outlines the story related in the …

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Food As An Abstract Concept

FOOD AS ABSTRACT CONCEPT By Julia Vogl   On Passover we ask those gathered around a table to think of their food as ritualistic symbols of abstract concepts. An egg becomes a symbol of renewal and life, parsley dipped in salt water becomes the tears we shed to reflect the difficulty of being a slave. …

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