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Current Exhibition

A Fringe of Her Own


The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is proud to present Israeli artist Tamar Paley. In “A Fringe of Her Own,” Paley presents her collection of handmade Jewish ritual objects that deconstruct and reinterpret the tallit, tzitzit, and tefillin, typically worn by men. Traditionally, the tzitzit or fringes hold special significance as a reminder of one’s spiritual obligations. In Paley’s collection of wearable objects, the fringes become a delicate sculptural form. The exhibition will be installed in the Kniznick Gallery at the Women’s Studies Research Center from March - June, 2018.

Recognizing the gap that exists between Jewish women and ritual objects and with a growing need to provide a feminine interpretation of patriarchal religious practice, Paley’s work offers a reshaping of traditional patriarchal forms from a female perspective using materials, text, and symbolism that acknowledge the physical and spiritual experiences of women in Judaism.


Exercises for the Quiet Eye with Annie Storr
Tuesday, March 20, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

WSRC Scholar, art historian and museum educator Annie Storr will lead art-experiencing exercises through the Kniznick Gallery exhibition of Tamar Paley's "A Fringe of Her Own: A Collection of Ritual Objects for Women." Storr developed Exercises for the Quiet Eye (EQE) to encourage patient reflection, appreciation, and an attempt to avoid the rush to understand, or determine a set interpretation for what we see.

Artist's Lecture & Reception
Tuesday, April 17, 5 - 8 pm

Join us at 5 pm for a lecture with Tamar Paley, reception to follow.

Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts Program

On The Fringe: Creating New Traditions
Sunday, April 22, 12 - 1:30 pm

Tamar Paley will lead a discussion on our relationship with ritual objects, sharing a questionaire and guiding participants to imagine new ways of practicing religion that reflect our personal and gendered experiences. Click here to answer the short questionaire that will fuel the discussion!

Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts Program