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Open art: exhibition challenges Jewish ‘stereotypes’

04 December, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

Curator Nicole ­Zisman with work from the ‘We Returned’ exhibition

THE rabbi of a synagogue in Angel says he hopes its first exhibition will help break down stereotypes of the Jewish community.

The “We Returned” show, at the Chabad Islington Jewish Community Centre in Upper Street, will feature work connected to Jewish pride and identity.

Rabbi Mendy Korer said: “It is very much part of our mission to create a better understanding across communities and break down stereotypes.

“This exhibition, and other events as well, will hopefully educate the wider public and create an understanding of the unique cultures and ­ethnic minorities in our borough. Antisemitism exists everywhere. Islington is not free of hate – it is something that is there, even if it is just 0.01 per cent.”

The focus of the ­Jewish Art Gallery is to exhibit work by contemporary Jewish artists and to celebrate Jewish culture, identity and history.

Curator Nicole ­Zisman said: “As the presence of a synagogue inevitably nurtures a community, so too may the presence of Jewish art in this space foster connections between artist and audience within a wider community.”

She added: “Despite indisputable Jewish legacy, until now the Jewish community seemed to keep within small ­satellites and tread fairly quietly in London.”

Jewish charity Chabad Islington opened the synagogue and community space in September and is the only synagogue in the borough. The exhibition runs until March 2.


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