Growing Up Jewish – Art & Storytelling (JCC Chicago and CJE)
“Growing Up Jewish–Art & Storytelling” is a series of contemporary artworks and short narratives about Jewish identity as it evolved through five generations of Jacqueline’s family. Inspired by vintage photos, she created this series to look at the people, experiences and community that shaped her Jewish identity; to tell her family’s Jewish story and perhaps shine a fresh new light on what North American Judaic art could look like. Some pieces in the “Growing Up Jewish” series depict joyful accounts of the Judaism of her youth, including memories of Jewish summer camp, Purim carnivals or singing around Passover tables; other pieces speak to Kott Wolle’s family history, including the acculturation process experienced by her parents and grandparents who arrived in Canada after the devastation of the Holocaust and rebuilt their lives with complicated feelings of anguish and optimism. She examines her personal Jewish observances – the traditions she has kept, the ones she has ‘adjusted’ to better suit her family’s current needs and the ones she wrestles with. Every seemingly simple Jewish moment she painted had a story. Jewish family through five generations from 1925 to the present. Light refreshments will be served.
at: Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
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