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Rachel Kanter

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Rachel Kanter grew up in Syracuse, NY surrounded by women who were always making things: knitting a sweater, sewing a quilt, beading, weaving. She followed in their path and now creates fiber art using quilting and embroidery techniques while incorporating vintage textiles and patterns into her work. Her piece “Fringed Garment” is in the permanent collection of The Jewish Museum. She is on the executive committee of the Jewish Art Salon and on the Arts Advisory Board of JTS.

Creating New Ritual Art

Arts & Performance

What is an “apron tallit'” a “spiritual mikveh,” a “community wimple”? Find the answers as you look at artwork and hear the stories, inspirations, and Jewish sources that help the artist create her work. Participants will be encouraged to roll up their sleeves and begin creating a Limmud NY Community Wimple. No art experience is needed, just an open mind.

Creating A Community Wimple

Arts & Performance, Children & Families

A traditional wimple is a Torah binder. We will expand on that definition as we create one large communal art piece that represents Limmud NY and becomes a “community binder.” In this session Tyvek, a non-woven polyethylene product, will serve as the “cloth” for the wimple, while scissors, paint and markers will help transform it into a new ritual object. We will revive, reinterpret, and reinvent the wimple.

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