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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):



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 #2: What's Your Angle? Finding Your Point of View
Thursday, March 15, 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.

Pathways to Freedom Encounters:
welcoming the stranger then and now
Thursday, March 22, 7-9 p.m.
What if we experienced our upcoming seder not just as a story but as a call to action? As we prepare ourselves for Passover, we invite you to join a larger conversation about immigrant justice and current struggles of access to freedom. Moderated by internationally acclaimed social sculptor Julia Vogl, this discussion will offer timely resources and questions to bring to your seder from panelists representing JALSA (Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action), HIAS (a global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees) and JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council).
* Learn about how these Jewish organizations are working to advocate for the freedom of others.
* Become an active participant by adding your voice to a community dialogue on immigration and freedom.
* Contribute your thoughts to a large public art installation inspired by the universal themes of the Passover Exodus story, to be installed on Boston Common.
Commissioned by the Jewish Arts Collaborative, Vogl's artwork will reflect more than 1,500 conversations she will have in the Greater Boston area, including ours! As a special gift for participating, you will take home a unique artistic button to inspire discussion at your own Passover seder and to connect with the artwork that will be installed at the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand April 25 – May 2.
Pre-Registration requested. Suggested donation $5+
All proceeds to benefit MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition) This event is in partnership with the Open Your Eyes Fund for the Arts at Temple Shalom and the Jewish Arts Collaborative.

Where Did We Come From: Jewish Immigrant Stories on Film
February–March 2018
Four classic films present some of the many challenges, mishaps and opportunities experienced by European Jewish immigrants after they passed through Ellis Island and began life in America. Join a Sunday afternoon conversation about Jewish roots and routes. Curated by Dick Morrison.
Each session will start with background material presented about the film. The films screen at 2:15 p.m. with a discussion to follow. If you have an anecdote or short story about the experience of one of your immigrant forebearers that illustrates some aspect of the theme of this film series are welcome to share it.

"Lies My Father Told Me"
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2 p.m., Shain Room

This isn't so much about lies, but about certain truths about life that a little boy and his immigrant grandfather fiercely refuse to accept. It’s about the conflict between father and grandfather and the very different notions that each has about what the youngster should be taught, how he should behave - indeed, of what kind of person he should grow up to be.

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2 p.m., Shain Room

The film chronicles the experience of a Jewish family that immigrates to the U.S. from Poland in pursuit of the American dream and how life in America changes them.

                          Pathways to Freedom

Wine, conversation, site visit with artist Julia Vogl
Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a wonderful evening of art and ideas. Meet internationally celebrated social sculptor Julia Vogl at a private reception. Then take a short walk to the Boston Common to view Boston’s first Jewish public art installation Pathways to Freedom. Commissioned by JARTS, this art work is inspired by the universal themes of the Passover Exodus story and is based on 2,000 public encounters in the Boston area with the artist.
* 5:30-6:45 p.m. Wine and cheese reception hosted at a congregant’s home in Boston overlooking the Boston Common.
* 7-7:45 p.m. Explore Boston’s first Jewish public art installation with the artist who created it.
Space is limited.  Registration is required. Details on location, transportation and parking will be sent to registrants the week before the event.

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.

Sun, March 18 2018 2 Nisan 5778