Monday, May 11, 2015

CJM: The Jewish Alms box reimagined

TzedakahSelfie contest winner is Janis Yerington, IG user Maxsbible! Nothing #selfie about her handmade tzedakahbox

The Hebrew word tzedakah has no satisfactory equivalent in English, but “it’s often translated as 'righteousness,’” says Claire Frost, curatorial assistant at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Frost has had much occasion to think about tzedakah lately; she is the curator of the CJM’s 10th Dorothy Saxe Invitational, which this year asked 38 West Coast artists to create their versions of the tzedakah box, a small container for contributions to the needy. Tzedakah boxes are traditionally found in Jewish homes and synagogues.

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