About this Series: Judaism has a rich tradition of art, craft, and sacred objects. In this series of workshops, we will explore imagery, symbolism, and technique as we look at historic and contemporary works and objects from Jewish traditions around the world. We will also consider how historic events and cultural considerations led to certain choices around these pieces.
Each session will have two parts: first, we will have a slide show of examples of various items and discuss what we see. Next, we will have the chance to try our hand at creating something meaningful of our own. The series can be attended as an ongoing class, or sessions can be stand-alone events. No previous art experience necessary. Open to everyone.
About this Workshop (Session 6 of 6): Sadly, Jewish people are far from being the only ones who have faced persecution and systems of oppression that have forbidden the practice of their own culture. Refugees, immigrants, and colonized Indigenous cultures have all had to find ways to keep their traditions alive in secrecy. Countless generations have asked, how can we make something meaningful… and portable? In this final session, we will look at ways Jews have answered this question, and undoubtedly find answers that are familiar to other cultures. Participants will create beeswax candles and design a simple personal ritual to go along with the future candle lighting.
**Please note: This workshop is free with admission payment to Pier 21 ($15)**
Amy Rubin (she/her or they/them) is an artist, counsellor, and practicing non-denominational Jewish person. She is so grateful to live in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people, in the Annapolis Valley.