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Wells of Miriam

Mikvah as Spiritual and Global Renewal

Photographs by Emily Stern 

Opening Reception, Sunday, May 1st, 1-5 p.m.

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Newark - The Jewish Museum of New Jersey will present the exhibit, Wells of Miriam: Mikvah as Spiritual and Global Renewal, a series of 13 photographs and passages by artist Emily Stern with an opening reception on Sunday, May 1 from 1-5pm.
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"Wells of Miriam" is named for the Torah commentary about a sustaining body of water traveling with the Israelites in the desert because of Miriam.

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In 2014 Emily visited the Tamera Peace Research Center, a water retention landscape in a desert region of Portugal, and saw how local self-sufficiency of water and food was made possible with the retention of rain-water.  Emily found the link between these landscapes and halachic mikvaot, which are ritual baths of transformation in Jewish Law.
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This project expands the conversation of mikvah to include a vision of the Earth's transformation for the benefit of all mankind. The marriage of mikvah with Earth's renewal is a chance to uncover more layers about the mikvah's ability to illuminate our underlying unity and understanding of G-d through the life-giving and spiritually altering properties.
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Emily Stern serves the evolving Jewish world with poetry, theater, visual arts, and song. A rabbinical student in The Alliance for Jewish Renewal's Ordination Program, Emily is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She wrote and performed plays while a DRISHA Arts Fellow and at Nishmat, The Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women.
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Emily directed her children's musical, The World's a Song: So Come and Play. Her first album, Birth Day, is a lyrically complex expose on the divine feminine, orchestrated with natural sounds.  Emily is a member of the Jewish Art Salon and a blogger for the Jewish Journal. Her website is emilystern.org.
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Wells of Miriam will continue through Sunday, June 3 with various programs happening on the Sunday afternoons in between May 1 and June 3.
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The Jewish Museum of New Jersey is located within the historic Congregation Ahavas Sholom at 145 Broadway in Newark.  The Museum is open Sundays from 1-5 p.m. and by appointment.  Free off street parking is provided and a donation of $10 is suggested.  
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For information or to RSVP for the opening reception, call (973) 482-0523, email info@jewishmuseumnj.org. or visit our website at: www.jewishmuseumnj.org