High Holiday Outdoor Installation

A Sweet and Hopeful New Beginning

In honor of the Jewish New Year, 5781, we have invited artists in our community to compose works of art with the goal of inspiring hope and optimism! It will be enjoyed by the hundreds of visitors returning to our campus this fall.

Amid such a trying year, it is our goal to bring some light to the year ahead, signifying a sweet and hopeful new beginning. After abruptly closing our facility back in March, previously home to over 4,000 daily visitors, our vision is to welcome the community back to a cheerful environment instead of a stark reminder of the past.

Contributing artists are painting a symbolic apple for Rosh Hashanah, or a work of art that includes an apple in it, each work representing their own interpretation of a sweet and hopeful new beginning. What does it mean to leave behind one of the most devastating years in many of our lifetimes? How can we come together as a community to lift each other up and commit to moving into the new year with hope? How can we bring a little cheer to people’s lives?

We invite you to see what these amazing artists have done with the repurposed banners we provided for their canvas (3' x 10' recycled and painted over vinyl banners with grommets from 2020 JCC camp). For more information please contact Galit Goldberg at GGoldberg@jccotp.org

When I was a boy I always associated apples with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, with the fall, with my family and apple picking as a child and with my own children. A happy time. Sharing with my sister. So when I thought about a big painting to share with the JCC for the holiday season, what better to share with you all than three huge apples?

Artist Win Zibeon; Blauvelt, NY

The painting depicts Jews of different sects coming together to celebrate the new year despite the pandemic. In the banner we see a conservative woman celebrating Rosh Hashanah over Zoom with her family. We see chassidim praying outside with masks, and we see an Orthodox girl celebrating her Bat Mitzvah with only her family. The banner symbolizes the importance of connecting with others and with Judaism in any way we can. It shows that the small things we do to keep us united as a community will make us so much stronger.

Artist Rivka Schafet; Teaneck, NJ

For Rosh Hashanah the children were inspired to make these beautiful big apples when we discussed the symbols of dipping apples in honey for a Sweet New Year, going apple picking with their families, and also seeing all the different kinds of apples. The children had lots of fun painting, ripping magazine pieces and tissue paper and gluing them into a big beautiful collage. The most reluctant new celebrities are photographed in front of their masterpiece!

Artists from JCC's Early Childhood Center; Clasroom 18 with Zahava Streit

The high holidays are for reflection, new beginnings, celebrations and especially for family time! What better way to observe than to collaborate on a painting that includes our favorite things - autumnal seasonal change, symbols of Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, apples and pomegranates, and mostly wishes for peace/shalom in our homes, our JCC community and in our hearts. Wishing all a Hag Sameach and blessings for a healthy, uplifting and wonderful New Year!

Artists Sammy Eisenberg and Carol Schulter; Tenafly, NJ

Paulette Cochet has been teaching painting in different mediums at the JCC for many years and has a great following of eager students. This banner was created by a team of students onsite at the JCC. The theme of this banner is the High Holidays, creating different symbolic elements to create a beautiful, flowing piece of art.

Student Artists of the Adult Department's Sarah Gottesman Lubin Program for Creative Arts & Crafts; Tenafly, NJ

Focusing on the richness and uplifting aspects of the holiday, the three apples were painted together to showcase the one in the middle, the multicolored apple - representing wishes and blessings for a bright and colorful new year for everyone!

Artists Sari Rosen and Adyna Rosen; Teaneck, NJ

Traditionally located on the second floor of the JCC, the Waltuch Gallery is a community space that exhibits thematically Jewish artwork, or art produced by a Jewish artist. Artists are mostly local, though some exhibits feature artists from around the country and the world. The Waltuch Gallery exhibit and receptions are free and open to the community. During this time of social distancing we have extended the walls of the gallery to include our Virtual Art Gallery, and outdoor installations, most currently our High Holiday Outdoor Installation celebrating Rosh Hashanah.