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A New Ritual – The Art of Rachel Kanter

May 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join the JCC and visiting artist Rachel Kanter as we expand on the traditional use of a wimple as a Torah binder, and create one large communal art piece that represents the Buffalo Jewish community and becomes a “community binder” to be displayed and shared by the different Jewish Organizations in Buffalo.

On Sunday, May 3 during the Yom Ha’Atzmaut Community Celebration at the JCC Benderson Family Building, and in conjunction with the JCC Book and Arts Fair, community members may tour the Bunis Family Art Gallery to view A New Ritual – The Art of Rachel Kanter. Kanter grew up in Syracuse, NY surrounded by women who were always making things: knitting a sweater, sewing a quilt, beading, and weaving.  She followed in their path, has a BFA in ceramics from Syracuse University and a MFA in ceramics form RIT and now works in fiber, quilting and embroidery. Her work has been shown at The Jewish Museum in NYC, the Jerusalem Biennale, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany and other prestigious museums and galleries.

Kanter will discuss how her work is a means of connecting her story as a woman with her story as a Jew. Additionally as part of the workshop portion of the event participants will be taught about the history of the wimple and the prayer that was traditionally written on the wimple. They will then create their own prayers for the Buffalo community in addition to recording their own names and family’s histories. Participants are encouraged to bring in a meaningful piece of fabric, approximately 12 x 12 inches that will become part of the “community wimple”.

If you are unable to attend the event but still would like to be part of the “community wimple” you may submit the following items to JCC Cultural Arts Director Katie Wzontek no later than Thursday, April 30 to the JCC Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Rd. Please include a piece of fabric 12 x 12 inches that is meaningful to your family secured in a ziplock bag with your name or names handwritten (not typed) on an index card and when you came to Buffalo. You can also include any ancestors who lived in Buffalo but are no longer alive. The written information will be transferred to the fabric and then added to the “Community Wimple”.


May 3
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Katie Wzontek


Jewish Community Center
2640 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068 United States
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