Watch Sandee Brawarsky, author and culture editor of The Jewish Week, interviewing Hanan Harchol for the Global Day of Jewish Learning’s 24×24.
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Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series is a collection of thought provoking and entertaining animated shorts, written and animated by Hanan Harchol, that incorporate Jewish teachings into meaningful and funny conversations between Hanan and his Israeli parents. Each episode focuses on a particular theme in Jewish teaching, such as apology, forgiveness, or gratitude, distilling major Jewish teachings on that theme into accessible, engaging human conversation. Described as “Revolutionizing Adult Jewish Education One Click at a Time”, the series offers a fresh approach to accessing and applying thousands of years of Jewish wisdom.
Curator Laura Kruger writes: “Harchol places Judaism at the center of his art, not by illustrating ancient biblical and Talmudic stories, but by finding Jewish teachings in ancient texts that he then applies to everyday life. Harchol is at pains to make the conversations non-judgmental. These animations exert an ecumenical outreach and are intellectually and spiritually available to all. Harchol’s works offer a uniquely accessible yet rich exploration of centuries of Jewish wisdom, which can be put to practical use and universally appreciated. Hanan Harchol seeks to help repair the world by sharing insights that can enhance the fulfillment and meaning of our own lives.”
Every episode has an accompanying downloadable study guide, written by Rabbi Leora Kaye, that may be used to facilitate continued conversation and study after watching an episode. To receive a DVD of the series, or for questions or comments, please contact us via the link above.
SOLO EXHIBITION: Hanan Harchol: Jewish Food For Thought, at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, 1 West 4th St. (between Broadway and Mercer St.), Manhattan. Running from October 2013 through June 214, this catalogued, solo exhibition features Harchol’s entire animated series, paintings, drawings, graphic novel tapestries, and Jewish texts. Following the exhibition in New York, the exhibit will travel to museums around the country.
FREE ADMISSION – photo ID required please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-824-2298. Presented with generous support by The Covenant Foundation.
Review of the Exhibition in THE JEWISH WEEK: Click here to read Sandee Brawarsky’s wonderful review of Hanan Harchol: Jewish Food For Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, published in The Jewish Week: http://www.thejewishweek.com/arts/visual-arts/art-conversation
HARCHOL’S ESSAY IN REFORM JUDAISM MAGAZINE: Click here to read Hanan Harchol’s essay in Reform Judaism Magazine that describes Harchol’s personal journey that led to this project. http://reformjudaismmag.org/Articles/index.cfm?id=3242