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Grapevine: Woman of notes

Barbara Goldstein stood in one day for someone who had been blowing the shofar but who failed to show up one morning for the service.

Barbara Goldstein, director of Hadassah in Israel
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DEPUTY DIRECTOR of the Israel office of Hadassah the Women’s Zionist Organization of America Barbara Goldstein, who regularly attends morning services at Moreshet Yisrael, one of the Conservative Synagogues in Jerusalem, stood in one day a little over two weeks ago, for someone who had been blowing the shofar but who failed to show up one morning for the service. The rabbi remembered that Goldstein is quite a capable shofar blower and asked her to step up to the plate. “I’ve been blowing my horn ever since,” she said on the eve of Rosh Hashana. But she balked at blowing 100 notes on the New Year and left the honor of doing that to someone else.

WELL OVER a dozen organizations, institutions and business enterprises have joined forces for the inauguration of the Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, which will be held from September 15 to October 31 in various locations throughout the capital. Venues include the Achim Hasid complex, Heichal Shlomo, Beit Avi Chai, Musrara and the First Station. The curators of the various exhibits are Oryan Galster, Porat Solomon and Ronen Yitzhaki; Nurit Sirkis Bank; Neta and Michael Elkayam; Ram Ozeri and Rei Dishgon, who come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Initiators and organizers of the biennale pose the question: What is contemporary Jewish art? Does the category even exist? They admit that the answer is not simple, but declare in the next breath that there is no better place than Jerusalem to raise these questions and to let curators, artists and scholars from different backgrounds try to provide a definition. Jerusalem is a Johnny-comelately in the biennale stakes. More than 100 countries already host a biennale, so there is no justification for the city at the center of the world not to do likewise.

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