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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:   

Community Story Slam: Many Voices of Temple Shalom
Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.

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, May 27 2018 13 Sivan 5778