Jewish Studies Series

With "The Arts of Jewish India: Explorations in Painting, Architecture, and Music," the Jewish studies program and the Handwerker Gallery brought a series of art exhibits, lectures, and performances to the gallery and to IC classrooms throughout the month of March.

Architect and scholar Jay Waronker exhibited and discussed his watercolor studies of India's synagogues. Zipporah (Venus) Lane from the Cochin Jewish community of India and Israel performed traditional South Indian Jewish folk songs, with background and commentary provided by Barbara Johnson, professor of anthropology and coordinator of the Jewish studies program. 

Artist Siona Benjamin's exhibit Blue Like Me featured dramatic and brilliantly colored paintings, which explore her identity as an Indian Jewish American woman. The series concluded with a public lecture about the exhibit, at which Benjamin was joined by Bangladeshi American dancer Ishrat Hoque in a performance titled "Color Me Blue."