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The Deck of Esther The New Venice Megillah

Tuesday, March 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

From Beit Venezia in Venice, a focal point of Jewish life, arts and culture in Italy, comes an extraordinary new visual art commission, The Deck of Esther. This artist project tells the story of Purim and the Jewish affinity with card games and gambling. The cards in the deck are a Book of Esther, shuffled with the words removed, reimagining the story and characters as playing cards, endlessly shuffling and gambling their way through the story. Jacqueline Nicholls, the lead artist for this project, will share the creative process and challenges of interpreting this ancient text.

Jacqueline Nicholls is a London based visual artist and Jewish educator. She uses her art to engage with traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways.  In her recent drawing project, Draw Yomi, completed in Jan 2020, Jacqueline drew the Talmud, following the Daf Yomi schedule. She co-ordinates Arts & Culture events at JW3 London, and regularly teaches at the London School of Jewish Studies. Jacqueline’s art has been exhibited in solo shows and significant contemporary Jewish Art group shows in the UK, USA and Israel. Jacqueline is currently studying for an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, due to complete summer 2020.

CSP Partners: Beth Israel (San Diego, CA), Brotherhood Synagogue (Gramercy Park, NYC), Congregation Adath Jeshurun (Elkins Park, PA), Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, Shomrei Torah Synagogue (San Fernando Valley, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth David (Westminster, CA),Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA), Temple Judea of Laguna Woods, CA, The Boston Synagogue (Boston, MA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), University Synagogue (Irvine, CA), Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA) & Walnut Street Synagogue (Chelsea, MA)


Tuesday, March 7
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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