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Open Your Eyes Fund for the Arts


“God was in this place, and I did not know it.”

The Open Your Eyes Fund is dedicated to strengthening the relationship of Temple Shalom members to the arts in order to deepen our connections to Judaism and Jewish learning. Established in 2012, the Fund honors the memory and creative spirit of Anita Winer, a founding member of Temple Shalom.

The mission of the fund is to bring us together to better see, understand and appreciate the beauty of our Jewish heritage. Open Your Eyes is administered by a volunteer committee, including Temple clergy and board members. The committee brings innovative programs and events that embrace the full range of the arts to our Temple community. Past events have been organized by themes that explore core Jewish ideas and include Shine the Light, Celebrating Creation and Creativity, and Entering the Heart of Jewish Stories. For more information, contact Open Your Eyes Fund committee Chair  Susan Epstein. 

Learn more about the Treasures of Temple Shalom from the building to its Torahs and past events of the Open Your Eyes Fund.



Roots and Routes: We all have Stories

Discover your story; hear others' stories and perhaps share yours.

Everyone has a story. Maybe you've heard a story about your grandparents' immigration to the U.S. Maybe you have a story about
your Jewish journey, or a story about how you or your family came to Temple Shalom. Telling stories can help us connect across differences and strengthen our community.

This fall, the Open Your Eyes Fund kicks off its fifth year of arts-based programs with a series exploring the art of storytelling. Study with Rabbi Ariel Burger; listen to award-winning storyteller Cindy Rivka Marshall; hear members of the Boston Muslim community share their stories; meet cartoonist and graphic memoir author Amy Kurzweil, and visit a new public art installation by Julia Vogl that tells a community story about freedom and exile.

Open Your Eyes 2017–2018 Programs (partial list):

Stories of Torah
Friday, Dec.15, 6:30 p.m.
Chanukah Shabbat service and dedication of new Rothman Chapel Torah mantles. Temple members helped to stitch the covers, and we are excited to have the finished Temple mantles.




Storytelling Workshops by Cindy Rivka Marshall
February–May 2018 (three sessions)
Do you have an ancestor or mentor who inspires you? Where did your family come from? If there was a time when you weren't sure which way to turn, what or who helped you? What roots you in a sense of community or purpose? With simple storytelling eliciting techniques, Cindy will help you identify and refine a story idea. Learn storytelling skills and get individualized supportive coaching to craft and share an oral story with friends and family or share your story at the Temple Shalom Story Slam on May. 19. Guidance for creating story videos is also available. Please register for the workshops.

Workshop #1: In The Beginning: A Workshop in Story Creation
Sunday Feb. 11 2-3:30 p.m.
What goes into making an effective story? Discover the kernel of a story that is important to you. Bring in photos to explore family stories, people of places.

Workshop #2: What's Your Angle? Finding Your Point of View
Thursday March 8 7:30-9 p.m.
Explore a range of storytelling approaches. character development and the choices a storyteller makes in presenting a story.

Workshop #3: What's Your Story? Get Ready to Tell
Sunday April 8 2-3:30 p.m. or Tuesday April 10 7:30-9 p.m.
Polish your story and get ready to share it with family and friends. Attendance at one of these sessions is required if you want to tell your story at the Story Slam on May 19.
The final workshop will be offered twice. Choose the date that's best for you.

Where Did We Come From: Jewish Immigrant Stories on Film
February–March 2018 (5 sessions)
Five classic films focusing on immigration. Join a Sunday afternoon conversation about Jewish roots and routes. Curated by Dick Morrison.

Stories of Refugees, Resettlement, Challenge and Courage

A panel discussion with new members of the Boston Muslim community,
sponsored by the Temple Shalom Humanitarian Refugee Committee.

The Healing Art of Stories, Part 1
Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
A community Shabbat dinner with visual storyteller Amy Kurzweil, author of
the recent graphic memoir, "Flying Couch," who grew up at Temple Shalom.

The Healing Art of Stories, Part 2
Sunday, April 29, 12:30–3 p.m.
Brunch and a visual storytelling workshop with author/artist/cartoonist
Amy Kurzweil. No special skills required.

Community Stories: Freedom & Exile
A site visit to a new public art installation in Boston commissioned by
JARTS and created by celebrated social artist Julia Vogl.

Community Story Slam: Many Voices of Temple Shalom
Saturday, May 19
Join us for stories, wine and cheesecake on Erev Shavuot. Listen and learn as we share our ROOTS and ROUTES.

Open Your Eyes : The Insight of Anita Winer

Anita Winer had an ability to see things that others missed. Everyone who studied with her knew this. When Anita had a comment to share, it often made a connection that had been hidden until then, or shined a light from a fresh perspective.

From the Temple’s founding in 1950 until her passing in 2011, Anita’s vision, and her personal warmth and love for the Temple Shalom community, made us all richer for the time we had with her.

Fri, December 15 2017 27 Kislev 5778