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Make roots & wings visible with art


The JKD Cultural Commission introduces itself

 

“Who actually organizes the events here?” Marina asked me when she came to the New Jewish Community of Dresden for Shabbat for the first time. "Good question!" I answered her. Their eyes lit up, ideas flowed as we enjoyed wine and baba ghanoush. A short time later, we gathered around a table with artists from all over the world and from all disciplines to promote big ideas. It was clear to us that we wanted to do something for the community, for people who have just arrived and for curious guests.


We want to help build it! A meeting point is also planned for young people where they can find stories and aesthetic forms of expression in a self-organized manner and explore their definition of Jewishness. In addition to the practice of religion in the community and the socio-spatial claim of the Besht Yeshiva as a place of arrival in the community, artistic expression has a key function of finding a spiritual and experiential equivalent for what cannot yet be expressed. The approach to aesthetic research moves through the world of Judaism with all the senses thanks to the diverse life experiences of our members.


Photo of two Purim dolls
Purim dolls

In the future there will be exhibitions, concerts, political discourse events, theater performances, cooking workshops, garden design and hands-on activities in and around the New Synagogue. Would you like to help shape it? Then write us an email to kultur@jk-dresden.de .

 

What's next?

On International Women's Day on March 8, 2024, people are invited to the synagogue for Shabbat from 7 p.m. In a participatory art project, a map of the paths of female ancestors and descendants will grow with the help of the Jewish women present as a living reminder of the roots and strengthening the wings that new generations are already spreading. We invite you twice to the happiest of all celebrations, the Purim festival: On Friday, March 22, 2024, Purim Shabbat for families will take place from 7 p.m. We hear and see the story of the clever Esther, who saved the Jewish people in ancient Persia - played by puppets! Families with children are welcome! So coming in costume and make-up is good manners! The typical pastries from the festival, the Hamantaschen, can be brought with you. We're excited to see the variations you come up with.


On Saturday, March 23, 2024, we invite you to a Purim party for people aged 18 and over. There's dancing, getting dressed up and it's getting loud! We celebrate colorfully, queerly, respectfully and lovingly!

On behalf of the JKD Cultural Commission

Marenka Bruges & Marina Nemirovsky

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