Adas Israel Congregation is pleased to invite the public to celebrate the opening of Authenticity and Identity, a visual arts exhibition curated by Ori Z. Soltes, on view from April 5 to May 15, 2021.

Authenticity and Identity addresses contemporary Jewish identity through more than 70 works of painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking, by contemporary Israeli artists, European artists, and artists from around the United States, including many from the Washington, D.C. region. Exhibition curator Ori Z Soltes is a pre-eminent scholar of Jewish art, culture, and history, and a professor at Georgetown University. The former Director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum he is co-founding Director of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project and has authored numerious books including, The Ashen Rainbow: Essays on the Arts and the Holocaust; and Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish art and Architecture. Dr. Soltes was assisted by exhibition director Robert Bettmann, and the exhibition is produced with support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Hakhel Jewish Community Incubator. A printed exhibition catalog is available from Day Eight books.

Join us for an opening night celebration including: welcome from Rabbi Aaron Alexander, discussion of the exhibition by curator Ori Z. Soltes, breakout rooms with the exhibiting artists, and a Klezmer performance by Seth Kibel.

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