DVARIM KFAR Jewish Arts Center

Dvarim is an exploration of written, spoken and performed words by artists who examine contemporary Jewish experiences.  This edition features readings and performances by Kevin Coval, Yuri Lane, Menachem Cohen, Dina Elenbogen and Maya Escobar.  $12



01/09/10 - 01/09/10


Dvarim is an exploration of written, spoken and performed words by artists who examine contemporary Jewish experiences.  This edition features readings and performances by Kevin Coval, Yuri Lane, Menachem Cohen, Dina Elenbogen and Maya Escobar.  $12

 

Words carry significant meaning in Jewish life. The universe was created by utterances, as were the laws received at Sinai. For millenia, Jews have read, debated, written and treasured words. We are, in short, people of books. Hebrew for words, the Dvarim series explores contemporary Jewish literature, poetry, prose and fiction. 

This event features some of the bold voices of New Jewish Culture, each exploring and reframing Jewish identity without pulling any punches. Kevin Coval was invited—and then disinvited—from the recent J-street conference because his poems rubbed raw the Israel-Palestine situation. Maya Escobar challenges a white, male and predominantly Ashkenazic Jewish culture with videos that start from the perspective of a feminist Jewish woman of Guatemalan heritage. Menachem Cohen, the unorthodox rabbi who lead a temporal congregation at Burning Man, puts his social justice spirit into his writing, as does Dina Elenbogen, who often compares our plenty to the third world’s poverty. Yuri Lane uses his amazing body to beat-box for peace.
 
This is the New Jewish Culture—a new generation putting words with music, video, voice to challenge an insular Jewish culture and reinvigorate Jewish ethics, learning and spirituality. Join us for this first in a series of evenings of spoken, written and performed words.

Presented by KFAR Jewish Arts Center and Zeek: The journal of Jewish Culture and Thought with support from Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and the Miztut Jewish Community.

 


Performers
Kevin Coval, Yuri Lane, Menachem Cohen, Dina Elenbogen and Maya Escobar

Tags: Literary, Rest Of The World, 2010