Celebrate: Celebration in Jewish Tradition (and the first hint of winter)

Celebrate: Celebration in Jewish Tradition – Launch of new Pomegranate Guild Exhibition
Anna VanDelman reports:
On Wednesday November 19th, 2014  fifteen intrepid Guild members and two guests braved the first snow of the season – and treacherous driving conditions – to attend a wonderful presentation by Rabbi Elliot Diamond.

To kick off the launch of the call for our new exhibit, Celebrate, Rabbi Diamond gave an inspiring presentation. He began with a quote from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel:

“People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.”

 Rabbi Diamond has generously shared his notes with us. Here is the overview.  More detailed notes will be provided on request.
1. Categories of Celebrations:
i.             Holidays: Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim, Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur
ii.           Life Cycle: Birth, Bris, Zeved HaBat, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Wedding, Birthday, Anniversary, yahrzeit
iii.         Accomplishments / Milestones: Graduation, job, siyum, business achievement, being the first to…., Chanukat HaBayit, Inauguration
2. Role of Celebration
3. What Does “Simcha” Really Mean?
4. The Secret of LeChaim!!
After the presentation, Janis Katz walked us through the call for entry requirements for the next exhibit, and Artist in Residence Laya Crust facilitated a discussion to help us start imagining our response to the call.
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Since 1982 the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Textiles has brought together people who are interested in studying and creating textile art and needlework based on Jewish themes. We welcome people of all ages and skill levels, from professional artist to novice stitcher. Anyone with a desire to learn new techniques and/or anyone with an interest in Judaic textiles is asked to participate.

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