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Through the arts, our collective creativity has the ability to build personal and communal connections to our Judaism and to God. We named this festival in recognition of B’TZALEL, the chief artisan of the Tabernacle who was in charge of building the Ark of the Covenant. He was said to be highly gifted as a workman, showing great skill and originality in engraving precious metals and stones and in wood-carving. He was also a master-workman, having many apprentices under him whom he instructed in the arts. Through his wisdom and knowledge he was able to bring out great skills in others to create the place where God would dwell. Temple Beth El will host its first ever B’TZALEL ARTS FESTIVAL, where gifted artists from within our own temple community will be sharing their talents with us through a series of arts workshops through the month of May 2017. CONNECT! CREATE! COLLABORATE! The festival culminates on Sunday, June 4th at 4pm with an opportunity to SEE, HEAR, and TASTE the creations at our Artist Showcase.

Sponsored in part by an Impact Grant from Jewish Federation & Family Services



Exploring Modern Art Photography
with Kathy B. Shapiro and Nancy Albright

Class Dates/Time: Monday, May 8 and 22, 7 – 9PM
Location: TBD
Age: Any age!
Price: Member $35/Non-member $45

“The best camera is the one you have with you.”
-Chase Jarvis.

Participants will view various examples of modern art, especially abstract art. Discussion will center around what is modern art and who are modern art photographers. Next we will create our own versions of Modern Art Photography. Bring your smart phones, point-and-shoots, or digital SLR’s. We will spend one session discussing photographic techniques. A Facebook Private Group page will be set up where we can share our images. Photographers will take photos using the guidelines provided and either share via Facebook or email images to Kathy. In the follow-up session, we will have a “show and tell” of our works-in-progress, with suggestions on what we can do to make improvements, if any. Group will select images that will be printed and framed for the B’tzalel Arts Festival. (2-session class)

Kids & the Sea
with Mary Church

Class Date/Time: Sunday, May 21, 10am – 1pm (Bring a lunch)
Location: Heisler Park, Laguna Beach
Age: 7 - 18
Price: Member $35/Non-Member $45

Come explore “you and the sea” through your camera’s lens. Bring your smart phone or any other digital device. We will enjoy a day in beautiful Laguna Beach. Each participant will walk away with six 8”x10” printed images, three of which will be showcased at our B’tzalel Arts Festival on June 4th!

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