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Margolis Gallery

 

Cinema Judaica


 

 

Congregation Beth Israel's "Friends of The Margolis Gallery” announces

Cinema Judaica featuring speaker Larry Dachslager.

Houston community invited to exhibition throughout April, 2017 and speaker event.

 

Congregation Beth Israel proudly invites the Houston community to Cinema Judaica. Brought in from the Hebrew Union College, this unprecedented exhibition of iconic Hollywood film posters and memorabilia from 1939-1971 illustrates how the motion picture industry countered America's isolationism, advocated going to war against the Nazis, influenced post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel. The exhibit will be brought to life by guest lecturer, film scholar, Columbia College graduate and beloved former Emery/Weiner School professor, Larry Dachslager.

Two companion exhibits will be presented together, The War Years, 1939-1949 and The Epic Cycle (1947-1971). The War Years weaves together the rich history of Jewish-American films during the period leading up to and during World War II, exploring Nazi influence, the response from American movie studios and how it shaped the face of contemporary Jewish life.

The Epic Cycle features bold posters and advertising materials for films ranging from Samson and Delilah and Ben-Hur, to The Ten Commandments and Fiddler on the Roof, as well as rare posters from films of limited distribution that were produced by Jewish or Israeli filmmakers during this period. Noted by previous exhibitor Jean Bloch Rosensaft, Director of the HUC-JIR Museum  - "These iconic images influenced the positive Jewish self-image of the "boomer generation" and provided a cultural and sociological context for the successful Americanization of the Jewish Experience, which we continue to enjoy in our own time."

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Larry Dachslager graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2015 with a degree in Cinema Studies. Prior to attending Columbia, Dachslager taught and directed Theatre Arts at the Emery/Weiner School where he also developed a long-running Film Appreciation course for the middle school. Due to popular demand, the class was extended and adapted to evening sessions for the parents. As film scholar, Dachslager's primary emphasis is the importance of looking at movies in their historical context. 

 

Margolis Gallery’s opening event takes place on April 12th, 2017 at 6:30pm.

RSVP to Sara Kaiser at skaiser@beth-israel.org or 713-771-6221 x301

 

 

The ongoing exhibition is free to the community and on display Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays, until 4:00 p.m. The Margolis Gallery is also open Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and after Shabbat services on Friday nights. For more information, please call (713) 771-6221. The Gallery is located inside Congregation Beth Israel at 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd.

ABOUT THE MARGOLIS GALLERY

"Friends of The Margolis Gallery” provides enrichment to Congregation Beth Israel as well as the entire community through high-quality art exhibitions, educational programs and art acquisitions. The group also features local art tours, including collections of Beth Israel congregants and others, as well as customized art tours to destinations near and far.

 

 

 

 

 

Congregation Beth Israel proudly invites the Houston community to The Sexuality Spectrum, a thought-provoking exhibit currently on display at Margolis Gallery, highlighting ideas of inclusion and justice surrounding sexuality. The show, curated by Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, includes a collection of works by 50 international contemporary artists who present an unbridled portrayal of the experiences of being sexual outside narrow conventions and the inherent joys, pains, and conflicts.  

Margolis Gallery is hosting a two part Speaker Series in conjunction with the exhibit to encourage understanding through a "different lens” and to discuss the ethical responses of an inclusive community.


SPEAKER SERIES:

Tuesday, February 21 - Rabbi Mychal Copeland:Director of InterfaithFamily Network, San Francisco and co-editor of Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives. Rabbi Copeland works with multi-faith and Jewish groups that engage with the intersection of LGBTQI and religious identities.

Thursday, March 9 - Lynn Randolph:  A Houston-based artist, known nationally and long involved in civil rights and human rights causes, will explore the role of art and artist. Her talk, The Mind’s Eye: Adjusting our lens to expand our consciousness, will invite discussion surrounding the idea that art can express the deepest part of our soul and what it means to be human, sexual, creative, and spiritual.

Meryl Cohen opened the exhibit on January 19thwith a frank discussion of sexuality through Jewish wisdom.  

Speaker Series at Margolis Gallery: Event 7:00 P.M. / Speakers begin 7:30 P.M.
The exhibition is free to the community and on display Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays, until 4:00 p.m. The Margolis Gallery is also open Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and after Shabbat services on Friday nights. For more information, please call (713) 771-6221. The Gallery is located inside Congregation Beth Israel at 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd.






Friends of The Margolis Gallery

 

Friends of The Margolis Gallery provides enrichment to Congregation Beth Israel and to the entire community through high-quality art exhibitions, educational programs and art acquisitions which enhance our congregational home. We also offer art tours around our well-endowed city, including collections of our own Beth Israel congregants. And for those who enjoy venturing out of town, we will offer customized trips of utmost luxury and quality interests.

Membership in the Friends of The Margolis Gallery is currently available at an annual fee of $125 per person or $200 per couple. Many exciting events to come, including touring private collections of art. See below, pictures from our Uptown Art Day featuring the collections of Paula and Irving Pozmantier, Allen Becker and Minnette Robinson.
Please feel free to contact Tanya Strum or Shirley Lavine.

Get a copy of the membership form here.

 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Beth Israel Art Committee, please contact Rabbi David Lyon, (713) 771-6221.
























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