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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. 



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 As Bridges: Connecting Across Differences
Oct. 22, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Join Rabbi Ariel Burger for an afternoon of Jewish learning and an invitation to use our personal stories for social change. Please bring a "snack with a story" or a "nosh with a narrative" as we share delicious foods from our communal history. And you can also join us at the end to participate in a community stitching opportunity for our brand new Torah mantles. Although the event is free, please register.

We All Have Stories
Nov. 7, 7–9 p.m.
Enter the lively art of storytelling with our Storyteller-in-Residence Cindy Rivka Marshall as she performs Jewish tales and personal stories of her grandparent’s “Journey to America." Participants will be invited to share stories of their own “Roots and Routes.” No experience or preparation necessary. A performance, talk and workshop all in one. Registration is open for this free event.

Stories of Torah
Dec.15, 6:30 p.m.
Chanukah Shabbat service and dedication of Rothman Chapel Torah mantles.

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.

Storytelling Workshops by Cindy Rivka Marshall
February–May 2018 (four sessions)
Participate in a "Moth" style story slam! The theme is "Roots and Routes." Do you have an ancestor who determined the path of your life? Have you searched for your family's history? 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 supportive coaching to craft and share an oral story at the Temple Shalom Community Storytelling Slam in May. (Guidance for creating story videos may also be provided, depending on interest.)

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.

Sat, October 21 2017 1 Cheshvan 5778