JEWISH ART TALKS

  

Jewish visual art, from painting and sculpture to ritual objects and architecture,  offers insights on Jewish history and traditions and offers important commentary on Jewish themes. This rich and storied world comes to life in informative and surprise-filled 45-90-minute presentations. Presentations are accompanied with projected images, or handouts with color images, and a  road map with details about artists and holidays.

Choose from a wide range of topics corresponding with Jewish holidays and themes or have a presentation tailored to your group. 



TESTIMONIALS 


“Lilach's beautiful PowerPoint presentation on artistic interpretations of the Song of Songs added a dimension to text study that could not have been communicated in any other way.” 

-- Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz, Kol Isha, Chicago --


"Lilach weaves her deep Jewish knowledge together with her artistic expertise for a uniquely satisfying experience. Everyone loved it!" 

-- Cantor Rachel Rosenberg, Congregation Rodfei Zedek, Chicago -- 


“Lilach is an extremely engaging and knowledgeable art instructor who really goes the extra mile to make the class informative and enjoyable. She even took the time to research the art in our synagogue and give our class a ‘guided tour’ of our own building during our last session! Extraordinary!” 

-- Leann Blue, Congregation Beth Shalom, Northbrook -- 



ABOUT LILACH SCHRAG 


Lilach Schrag is an exhibiting artist and art educator who participates in, and facilitates, critique groups such as Dialogue Chicago and Midwest Artists Retreats. She has an art and special education teaching certificate from Beit Berl Art College in Israel, and a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus College in Chicago. 

Lilach teaches art and designs art curricula for children and adults. Her workshops for families and educators focus on Jewish art as a visual midrash, and on incorporating visual commentary into curriculum. She has been involved with the Solomon Schechter Middle School, Ramah camps, The Art Centers of Highland Park and Evanston, the Board of Jewish Education, and synagogues around Chicagoland.



SAMPLING OF TOPICS


  • Jewish Holidays - Arts and crafts as a reflection of tradition, time and place. For example: Torah covers, shofarot, and greeting cards for the High Holidays; Esther scroll illustrations, groggers and mishloach manot plates for Purim; Michelangelo’s slave sculptures, Seder plates and cups, special Hagadot, and the Four Sons or Song of Songs illustrations for Passover; evolvement of Jewish symbols, annual Independence Day posters for Israel’s Independence Day


  • Famous Jewish Artists - from Chagall, Agam, Ardon, Danzinger, and Nussbaum to Moss and Nes; designs of synagogues, museums, and Jewish institutions from Dura Europos to Wright, Nevelson and Libeskind


  • Jewish Art by Subject. For example: Biblical Women, Song of Songs, The Tallit, and God in Art


  • Treasures in Your Synagogue - Take a tour to find the origin and the purpose of ritual objects and designs unique to your building; learn about artists and works in your synagogue’s art collection


  • Jewish Art History - developments since Biblical times; Modern misconceptions about Jewish art, ;Israeli art styles and trends such as Canaanism and Bezalel