Art is an exceptional vehicle for bridging generations and cultures. The group of young professionals from CJP’s Young Leadership Division who have been gathering monthly with JCHE residents in Brighton know this to be true.
A few months ago, artist Tova Speter attended one of their sessions and initiated an innovative art project. Together, the participants created a stunning mural comprised of individual tiles that was recently mounted on the walls of the Genesis House program center.
Like any art installation, a ribbon cutting was in order. Sofia Routenbourg was given the honors at a recent celebratory gathering. Some of the artists were in attendance, happily looking for their tiles while admiring the work of others.
The theme of the mural is Tikkun Olam or repairing the world. A collection of tiles in the center of the mural has a Tree of Life, which Tova describes as representing “History, life and wisdom.” Surrounding this section is a rectangular border of tiles of hands. Tova explains that these are the artists’ interpretation of Tikkun Olam as they “literally used their hands.” The tiles depict the participants’ view of what is needed to fix the world including education, racial harmony and environmental awareness.
Sarah Green Vaswani, Resident Service Coordinator who organizes the sessions at JCHE, told the group that “healing the world starts at home so it is very fitting that this mural be located in the home of the JCHE participants.” Ashleigh Jaffee, a member of YLD, spoke about the important relationship between CJP and JCHE that this mural represents. “Whether it is the Senior Prom that we hold once a year, or working on a large mural that will last for generations, we continue to treasure the experiences that we have here throughout the year.”
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