Celebrating Fifty Years of Women in the Rabbinate

What is Holy Sparks and how did it come to be?

In 2009, Ronda Spinak began a project interviewing women rabbis to record their unvarnished experiences and personal stories as they broke barriers in a male-dominated field. This led to nearly 200 filmed interviews, which have been compiled in a Story Archive of Women Rabbis which Spinak created with co-director Lynne Himelstein. In 2010, it led to a landmark stage production, Stories from the Fringe, produced by The Braid (of which Himelstein is Board Co-Chair). The show featured actors vividly bringing to life 18 of these rabbis’ revealing true stories. And now, the legacy of these trailblazing women has found expression in a new medium: the visual arts. Spinak, Himelstein, and The Braid partnered with Jean Bloch Rosensaft, Director of the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum, to pair 24 cutting-edge, Jewish women artists each with a pioneering woman rabbi to create 24 original, stunning works of art — each one inspired by the individual rabbi’s personality, geography, and biography.

This product is an historic exhibition, Holy Sparks: Celebrating Fifty Years of Women in the Rabbinate.

When and where is the exhibition being held?

Feb 1-May 8, 2022 in New York, at the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum

Virtual art talk with The Braid April 3, 2022 11am PT, 2pm ET (Click Here to Watch the Replay)

Special Performance of Stories from the Fringe April 6, 2022 7:30pm ET. You can experience the show in-person in NYC or watch via livestream! Registration Required for both. // (Click Here to Register for both In-Person & Livestream)

Reception with Rabbis and Artists April 7, 2022 6:30-8:30pm (Click Here to Register for both In-Person & Livestream)

May 19-Sept 4 at the Skirball Museum, HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, Ohio

Opening Reception May 19 6-8pm

The art will be coming to the LA area in 2022-2023, stay tuned for details!

Press

Read the press release here.

Hadassah Magazine: Holy Sparks: Celebrating Fifty Years of Women in the Rabbinate Read Article

SoCal Jewish News: SoCal rabbis featured in ‘Holy Sparks’ art exhibit celebrating 50 years of Jewish female pioneers Read Article

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: In Manhattan, 24 women artists celebrate 24 women rabbis who blazed a trail Read Article

Jerusalem Post: In NYC, 24 women artists celebrate 24 women rabbis who blazed a trail Read Article

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