Last month, the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Partnership2Gether, in collaboration with the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ Waltuch Art Gallery, sponsored an art exhibition and opening reception. This was the sixth annual juried art collaboration between northern New Jersey and its sister community in Nahariya, Israel, and the first time the winning work was shown at the Waltuch Gallery.
All works in the exhibit, created by 21 American and 27 Israeli artists, reflect the artists’ interpretation of the theme “Fruitful Trees.” It comes from Deuteronomy 20:19-20, which prohibits the destruction of fruit-bearing trees during times of conflict, so that they can provide for future generations.
The leaders of Partnership2Gether show here include chair Susan Penn, Physician Task Force chair Deane Penn, Young Leadership chair Martha Cohen, Art Task Force chair and curator Sheryl Intrator Urman, and Art Task Force members Fred Spinowitz, Danielle Kaplen, and Adele Grodstein.
Partnership2Gether was established to strengthen the ties between the United States and Israel and to promote Jewish unity and identity. Over the last few years delegations of teen leaders, physicians, first responders, mental health professionals, educators, environmentalists, female business owners, and artists have been hosted in Israeli and American homes and have exchanged information and developed friendships.