Jerusalem’s Haredi Art Gallery & Other Orthodox Jews in the News
by Sara Levine
April 07, 2017
In a public bomb shelter is the Art Shelter Gallery, the only gallery in Israel, and presumably in the world, that operates in a Haredi neighborhood and that is deemed appropriate for that public. Meet the artists and curators seeking to vitalize Haredi art world, and if possible, see fewer paintings of challahs and rabbis.
A former chief rabbi of Israel called what is happening in Syria “a holocaust,” as one of the world’s leading scholars on the Holocaust repeated his call for an end to “atrocities” happening there. Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, a former Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel and the current chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, told Army Radio Thursday that “what is happening in Syria is [also] a holocaust.”
The defining sartorial style of the 2010s has begun to emerge: sleeves and long skirts are in demand. While not mentioned by name, the inspiration of Brooklyn’s women who cover up include among them scores of Orthodox Jews.
Meet The Moguls, a group of top Jewish investors who make up BizTank, a New York City-based series that’s a less glamorous version of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” and more accessible to entrepreneurs seeking money and business advice fast. This group of Orthodox Jews evaluate a wide range of food, fashion, technology and business-related pitches, firing off tough, hard-hitting sales questions to the presenters, just as self-made multi-millionaire sharks like Lori Greiner and Mark Cuban do.
Nobody can stop talking about a recent Washington Post profile of Karen Pence, the wife of US Vice President Mike Pence, with many angry at what they considered the outdated and damaging beliefs and others admiring his safeguarding of his marriage. Many commentators also pointed out the parallels between Pence’s purported rules and Jewish law, in particular the laws of yichud, “seclusion.”
Public relations at the expense of the ultra-Orthodox community is too tempting for shameless advertisers to resist, as with the recent campaign for the Smurfs movie in Bnei Brak. The PR team created a poster for that neighborhood which no one requested in which Smurfette was removed, and consequently created a globally-viral story.
A former Hollywood script editor, Jerusalem event planner, non-profit fundraiser and professional blogger, Sara Levine is an accomplished writer and editor. After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, her first screenplay was well-received by story executives at major studios. As a journalist, her articles have been published internationally in popular magazines and websites. With over 18 years experience as a story consultant, her notes and critiques on novels and scripts have been used to select and improve material by top studios, networks, agencies and writers in Hollywood and beyond. She is currently at work on her first novel.