In Search of Human Grace (CLOSED)

Jews in Georgia, 2011

Opening: March 20, 2012

Exhibition Curator: Eli Atias

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Photo: Yossi Beinart

 

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Photo: Eli Atias

 

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Photo: Tali Idan

 

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Photo: Eli Atias

 

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Photo: Benny Levin

 

In Search of Human Grace – A Photo Journey to the Jewish Community of Georgia, Summer 2011

In collaboration with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (The Joint), the Jewish Funders Network and the Jdocu Group.

“In Search of Human Grace” is a unique story of what was left of the Jewish community in Georgia following the major exodus of the ‘80s and the ‘90s, when most of the Jews left their homes and immigrated to Israel or to other places around the world. This exhibition is also the tale of a group of Israelis, who set out on a journey to their Jewish roots; to tell the story of the Jewish People’s moments of grace and concern for its most remote communities.

With a sensitive and inquisitive eye, the exhibition explores how the Georgian Jewish community, from being a thriving and flourishing community in the past, turned into small communities that no longer functioned. The Jewish community in Georgia was left with nothing and was on the verge of severe humanitarian crisis. It was the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) that entered the scene, by creating Hesed Welfare Centers. Today, one hundred and sixty five thousand people throughout the Former Soviet Union receive assistance through these Hesed Centers.

The photographs in this exhibition capture moments of Grace and Hope. In Search of Human Grace is a first project of a group called Jdocu – a group of amateur photographers who set on a mission to document Jewish communities around the world and create a new kind of philanthropy. Those who visit the exhibition or view the photographs on line at www.jdocu.com are invited to make a donation in support of the community. As a token of their appreciation, the photographers will in turn provide donors with photographs from the exhibition.

Head of the Jdocu group is Benny Levin, one of the leading executives of the hi-tech world, and the vice-chairman of the Israel Venture Network (IVN). Levin is also a member of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN).

The professional guide of the group is Eli Atias, a well-known photographer who specializes in editorial magazine and photojournalism. Eli Atias is also the curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition In Search of Human Grace was made possible thanks to the collaboration of JDC, JFN, Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People and the Jdocu group.

On display until May 30, 2012

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Benny Levin

The acting Chairman of the dbMotion Board of Directors. Before joining dbMotion, Mr. Levin co-founded, CEO and chairman of NICE Systems, a worldwide leader of multimedia digital recording solutions for business interaction management. Mr. Levin is also Vice-Chairman of the Israel Venture Network (IVN), which strives to promote sustainable social change in Israel. Benny Levin has been the coordinator of the trip to Georgia, and thanks to his generosity, many features on the trip have become possible.benny@dbmotion.com

Atalia Katz

A freelance photojournalist, currently based in Tel Aviv. In 2008, she established The Place, and alternative medicine sanctuary in Tel Aviv, Israel. She studied photography at Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv. Atalia views photography as “another dimension, alongside writing” that provides her with the “primary tools for expressing the inner self – the excitement, the exhilaration of creation of every moment”.ataliakatz@gmail.com

Naftali (Tali) Idan

A financial consultant and an experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He currently serves as a director at Lumenis Ltd. Mr. Idan served in various financial roles in both US and Israeli firms. He received a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Tel Aviv University in Israel, an M.B.A. from De Paul University in Chicago, and is a certified Public Accountant in Israel. taliidan1@gmail.com

Amir Halevy

A Senior Partner at the law firm of GKH – Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co. Amir has extensive experience in the fields of Technology and Venture Capital. His community commitment is broad and diverse: He heads the Standards and Ethics Committee of the Hi-Tech Industry Association; He is a member of the IVN – Israel Venture Network; He serves on the Board of Directors of JFN-Jewish Funders Network; He is one of the founders and a board member of “Vehardata” – the National Council for Advancing the Status of the Elderly. Amir is an 11th generation Jerusalemite, and can trace his family roots in the city back to 1732. amir@gkh-law.com

Yossi Beinart

President and CEO of Nadex, the North American Derivatives Exchange based in Chicago. Yossi has over 20 years’ executive management and development experience at financial services and technology firms. Mr. Beinart is a board member of IVN (Israel Venture Network) and until recently he was a board member of the New Israel Fund. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from Hebrew University. Yossi lives in Chicago Il. ybeinart@gmail.com

Eli Atias

The professional director and photographer guide of the trip to Georgia. Eli is an Israeli photographer, specializing in editorial magazine, photography and photojournalism. Eli works as a photographer with Israeli magazines and newspapers, among them are the daily newspaper “Yediot Achronot”, and the geographical magazine “Masa Acher”. Eli lives in Ramat Gan, Israel. eliati1@netvision.net.il

Eliezer Yaari

Chairman of give2gether Inc. advisory board, and is a consultant to major nonprofits in Israel. Between 1998 and 2010 he was the Executive Director in Israel of the New Israel Fund. Eliezer is a writer and a journalist, and for most of his career he worked in the Israel Broadcast Authority. Eliezer wrote short stories and novels: In 1990, he published his book “Back to the Titanic” a collection of short stories, and in 2004 he published a novel, “Crossings”. Eliezer documented in writing the trip to Georgia. ezryaari@gmail.com