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Alter Ego: Superheroes, Stories and the Jew In You
Mentor: Brett Lubarsky, Assistant Director, Youth Engagement
With an understanding of the present and eye to the future, we learned about our past, specifically focusing on the influences that our ancestors had on the comic book industry. With our powers combined, our team took a look at our personal values, stories, experiences and shared what our visions of a superhero may look like that represents the typical "Jew Man" in Havayah and Temple Beth Elohim.
"After seeing the horrific realities of the world (death, destruction, starvation, global warming), Gold-Man set off to right these wrongs, restoring balance to the world. With a moral compass guiding his actions, Gold-Man uses his powers to change the mind sets of the people. His father once told him, "with great power, comes great influence. Change the world for the better, and you will become a hero to all." As he exacts justice, Gold-Man deals with the grey area of morality, ensuring that he doesn't take away free will from the people."
Brush Strokes: Painting Your Landscape
Mentor: Hannah Richman, Assistant Director, Youth Engagement
Painting can be a lens through which to view the world. While creating, you are forced to squint, stare, and explore the world in a new way. Judaism also provides ways to slow down, reflect, and see the holy in every day moments. Jews have traditionally recited blessings in order to elevate everyday actions such as waking up, eating, or washing hands.
Roxie Zalkind: Crazy Sky
When I was painting this, I was focusing mostly on the sky, and tiny bit of the top of the trees. The colors in the sky were able to reflect how random nature can seem. Its only when you look closely it all fits together like one gigantic puzzle.
Sophie Fennell: Light and Dark
I was inspired to paint this landscape because of the contrast between light and dark. Examples of this in the painting are the dark brown tree against the green grass and light sky, the brown trees in the background against the colorful sky and grass, and the juncture of the sunlit grass and the grass in the shadows.
Josh Lees: Twigs
I was inspired to paint these tree branches and twigs by “painter’s block.” Looking up at the sky and searching for something to paint resulted in this painting. I like this picture particularly because it can be look at from multiple different angles.
Hannah Snyder: Tree and Sun
When I first started painting I had trouble getting the colors right and making things sized properly. I realized that I needed to switch locations and choose something simpler that I could just focus on. I ended up choosing just a tree and the sun. Sometimes you need to pick the simpler thing because less can be more.
Isabel Silverston: In Focus
When I first stepped outside, there was so much to see but my eyes were drawn to the lampposts. There was something very beautiful about an old fashioned lamppost against a fall scene. I knew that if I focused on too many details, I wouldn’t come out with a completed piece of work so I decided to contrast a focused object against a blurred background. Blurring the background was surprisingly liberating and I tried to reflect the colors I saw and not the objects I saw.