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shofar," he said. "The Torah describes
that the shofar is blown when we trav-
el, when we come together, on holi-
days, Rosh Chodesh (start of the new
month), in times of war, for peace, to
announce freedom, yovel (the Jubilee
year), in prayer, in celebration, and
there is, of course, the shofar of
Mashiach (the Messiah). The shofar
sounds the cry of our brokenness as
well as the sounding of our redemp-
In addition to art by Loewenthal,
the gallery will present a multi-
artist juried exhibit, "The Mandala,"
in the upper gallery. Sanskrit for
"circle," the mandala is a Hindu and
Buddhist symbol that represents the
universe and is used for meditation
and as a spiritual teaching tool.
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"Expressive Spirituality" runs
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in good order.
"Anything that had been in place
when I was hired will be continued,
but there were some pockets of time
that hadn't been filled so I'm working
on that:' Lurie says. "I certainly want
to incorporate Israeli art and artists.
"Currently, we have a little gift shop,
but I would like to see more items
on display because that's something
that people can enjoy all year round,
especially if they have needs for gifts
marking birthdays, holidays and other
celebrations of any nature. We'll be
looking for artists whose work can be
As Lurie prepares to open the
exhibit "Expressive Spirituality," she
finds similar geographic experiences
with the artist, Avraham Loewenthal.
Both grew up in the United States and
moved to Israel. Although she was
raised in Baltimore, he looks back on
years in Michigan.
"I had grown up in an Orthodox
circle, learning about Israel and study-
ing there for a year after high school,"
Lurie recalls. "I had a feeling of con-
nection to the country and decided to
make aliyah about 10 years ago.
"Soon after I made aliyah, I started
working in the art gallery in an
administrative position. Originally,
I was hired to handle the computer
aspects of the gallery and customer
service but later moved toward sales
and introducing customers to artists.
"It was so much fun for me to con-
nect people to art pieces that they
could put up in their homes and smile
every time they looked at what they
had bought. I became assistant man-
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And in the side gallery, guests will
be able to see work by Danielle Styles,
an illustrator/graphic designer whose
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ager before manager and was the first
non-family member to manage the
Lurie, who went through a year-
long preparatory program at Hebrew
University, met her husband, Jason, in
Israel. His work as a financial analyst
and the opportunity to be close to
family in the state where he was raised
motivated them to move to Michigan.
"I loved every minute of my work
and wanted to continue after my hus-
band and I decided to come back to
America:' Lurie says. "I feel blessed to
have found the Janice Charach Gallery.
"I can't draw a stick figure for the
life of me, so I can appreciate the tal-
ent of others and can be moved by art.
I want to bring more of an emphasis
to the educational aspects of art.
"I want exhibits that have themes
or messages that can relate to every-
one or offer an educational aspect,
and I want people to come in and feel
they have something to take home,
whether it's a piece of art, a feeling of
being moved by the art or something
that was learned:'
Lurie has been in touch with rep-
resentatives of the Detroit Institute of
Arts to pursue partnerships for exhib-
its and activities. She also is helping
to facilitate art activities for the JCC
"While we're partnering with orga-
nizations, we'd like to partner with
the people who visit our gallery:' she
says. "I would be very happy to set
up a meeting or receive emails from
anybody with suggestions. We'll take
them to heart and see what we can
Contact Nechama Lurie at (248) 432-5448.
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