Appel Art Gallery featuring Passover artwork

By SABRINA SPECTOR  JCC cultural director

Through the end of April in celebration of Passover, the Appel Art Gallery at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill is hosting an exhibit featuring the illustrated art of Mark Podwal from “Sharing the Journey: The Haggadah for the Contemporary Family.”

Since 1972, Podwal’s drawings have appeared in the New York Times as well as in numerous books, some of which he has written as well as illustrated. His art is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fogg Art Museum and the Library of Congress. The French government has named Podwal an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters and Hebrew College awarded him a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.

The exhibit on display asks the question: “Can the modern Jewish family see itself within the continually unfolding story of the Jewish people?” Given the variety of Jewish families today, the traditional questions of the Passover Seder should be supplemented by others that bring these changes in the nature of the Jewish family to full consciousness, and make the family and its story an integral part of discussion at the seder table. The illustrations, which are available for purchase, are complimented with a series of questions to engage people of all ages and backgrounds.

Additionally, Joy Lynn Yucht, a young, contemporary artist, is also exhibiting her artwork along with original pieces of pottery. The pairing of the two artists is consistent with the message that there is a contemporary way to look at an ancient holiday, bringing meaning and relevance to its celebration today.

For more information or to schedule a tour of the Appel Art Gallery, please contact Sabrina Spector at sspector@jfedsnj.org.

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