Museum of Biblical Art, Exhibition of Ludwig Blum’s Paintings, New York
More than forty paintings are included in the exhibitionJerusalem and the Holy Land: The Paintings of Ludwig Blum (1891–1974), on display at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) through January 15, 2012. The paintings offer a unique historical glimpse of the Holy Land and the holiest sites during the years that Blum lived and painted there. Blum was active during an extraordinary time in Israel’s history, over the course of five decades with the founding of Israel as the midway point of his career. An academically trained painter, Blum immigrated to Palestine in 1923 from what is now the Czech Republic and immediately began depicting the Middle East through both vast topographical scenes and small-scale street and marketplace imagery. Blum’s subjects include urban and rural backdrops, holy sites, Jerusalem’s landscape and peoples, pioneering kibbutzim settlements, and more.
Picnic Magazine, The Culture Club, Tel Aviv Pop-Up at Art Basel, Miami Beach
Targum Shlishi supported a celebration of Israeli art and culture in the form of a four-day pop-up experience during Art Basel Miami Beach. The Culture Club by Picnic Magazine, Tel Aviv, on view from December 1–4, 2011, is an installation that showcases the dynamic and creative spirit of Israel. Curated by Tel Aviv’s Picnic Magazine, the installation is a multi-sensory environment that allows visitors to experience Israel’s creative essence through its hot-spot, Tel Aviv. The Culture Club features the work of young, emerging artists as well as icons of the country’s creative history. The experience encompasses music, film, architecture, food, a pop-up shop, and art.
Yad Eliezer, Holiday Aid for Families, Israel
Yad Eliezer is Israel’s largest poverty relief agency. Founded in 1980, it now manages more than twelve thousand volunteers. By maintaining a low overhead, Yad Eliezer is able to direct more than ninety-six percent of the funds directly to families in need. The organization now has nineteen primary economic and social service programs and serves tens of thousands. Yad Eliezer’s mandate is to help families cope with financial difficulties and to empower them to break through the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. Targum Shlishi’s support has helped feed Israeli families for several major holidays.