Arts, Lights, Jerusalem!

Arts Lights Jerusalem

Jerusalem: A city of arts and lights.

On Thursday night, I went to the opening of Andi Arnovitz’s new exhibit, “Blacklist”, at the Artists’ House. The exhibit’s name is a play on words, a list of people forbidden to marry by the Israeli Rabbinate, hence the title “Blacklist.”  The exhibit’s  focus on texture and icons melded with contemporary politics for a harrowing and haunting exhibit by one of the foremost Israeli artists of our time.

Afterwards, it was off to Teddy Park in Mitchell Parks and Gardens for a ceremony inaugurating the Teddy Kollek Digital Archives. Kenneth and Ann  Bialkin, who knew Teddy personally and were instrumental in creating the archives, spoke about his lasting legacy and their connection to Jerusalem, as students from the Jerusalem Music Center at Mishkenot Sha’ananim provided beautiful musical accompaniment for the evening.

After a spectacular water show at the Sylvia Hassenfeld Family Fountain, where Jews and Arabs played side by side, splashing the night away, it was on to the Jerusalem Light Festival, where colorful images lit up the walls and edifices of the Old City. The Hurva Synagogue, in the Jewish Quarter, became a mosaic of red and blue, as families and couples on dates wandered in and out of a geodesic dome by the Jaffa Gate.

All in all, it was a spectacular evening, as the City of Gold glowed with light, arts, and the laughter of young families.