Photo exhibit reflects teens’ Jewish identity - Arts & Features

Photo exhibit reflects teens’ Jewish identity

MICHAL WILDER | Special to Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:00 am

Unlike the quiet and sweltering desert landscape in which it’s nestled, Temple Solel’s hallways are bustling with activity. The synagogue’s building is undergoing massive renovations, deep trenches dug in the hallways and new coats of paint drying on the walls. Yet, despite the chaos of the surrounding construction, April Goodman, Solel’s director of youth engagement, is still as excited as ever about the temple teen program’s recent “Through the Jewish Lens” photography workshop and culminating art exhibit. 

The exhibit, due to the messy remodeling, was recently moved from the front hallway to the library, which has been temporarily reconfigured so that it holds the gift shop as well. The room is now an eclectic and wonderful assemblage of books, Judaic mementos and vibrant photographs hung on the front wall. Each of the workshop’s teen participants has his or her photos displayed on an individual board. It is difficult to believe that for many of them, this was their first photography course, one which started only a few weeks earlier. 

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