about the photographers
The Jewish Museum of New Jersey presents, The Jews of Cuba: "A Photographic
Portrait," featuring Brooklyn native Debbie Rosenfeld and West Orange based photographer
Debbie Rosenfeld, travelled to Cuba in 2008
as part of a cultural exchange mission organized by her synagogue in Columbus Ohio. In Cuba, she encountered a vibrant community
of Cuban Jews. She was invited into their homes to take a series of photographs that reflect the day to day conditions
of their lives as well as the rituals and sacred objects that define and distinguish them from their non-Jewish neighbors.
Prior to coming to the Jewish Museum of New Jersey, these photographs were displayed at the Ann Frank Center in New York City.
Her work has also appeared at several galleries and museum spaces in Columbus Ohio and its environs.
Heidi Sussman studied photography at Emerson College in Boston and continued her post-graduate studies
at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico. She travelled to Cuba in October 2012 as part of a humanitarian mission from
Temple Sharey Tefilo in South Orange, NJ. Her photographs in the present exhibit are focused on the synagogues and Jewish
cemeteries of Havana, reflecting the themes of remembrance and survival. In addition to her work as a photographer Ms. Sussman
works in several media, including painting and photo encaustics. Prior to exhibiting at the Jewish Museum of New Jersey, her
work has been exhibited at several galleries including the Atrium Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Center of Sussex County
Community College, the Brennan Gallery in Jersey City, and the Maplewood 1978 Arts Center.
conjunction with the exhibition, the following programs will be offered:
April 27th, 12 p.m. - Opening Reception and Lecture -"The Jews of Cuba" with Dr. Jonathan
Golden-Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director for the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict at Drew University
Sunday, May 4th - Film Screening and Discussion-"Jubanos"
by Milos Silber, independent filmmaker.
Sunday June 1st -
Film Screening and Discussion -"Adio Kerida"-chronicling Anthropologist Ruth Behar's search for her Sephardic
roots in Cuba.
Sunday, June 8th - Closing reception with Ladino
poetry, music and dance.
The Jewish Museum of New Jersey is located
at historic Congregation Ahavas Sholom, 145 Broadway, Newark. Free off-street parking. Suggested donation
is $10 or contribution of personal hygiene supplies for women or men to be delivered to Cuba.
For more information about the exhibition or the programs, see our website www.jewishmuseumnj.org.
To RSVP for the opening reception, contact Max Herman at (973) 698-8489.