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Reinventing Ritual

Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life

Daniel Belasco, Danya Ruttenberg (Contributions by), Tamar Rubin (Contributions by), Arnold M. Eisen (Contributions by), Julie Lasky (Contributions by)


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A guidebook to the most current trends in contemporary Jewish art and design, Reinventing Ritual provides an unprecedented look at the work and thought of contemporary artists as they respond to the needs and practices of traditional culture. Beautifully illustrated with new art from Israel, Europe, and the Americas, this publication features both traditional and avant-garde sculpture, textiles, architecture, metalwork, and ceramics by forty leading artists.


Author Daniel Belasco surveys current trends in Jewish ritual art and the influences of feminism, environmentalism, multiculturalism, and new media; Julie Lasky provides a groundbreaking discussion of the role of recycling and social consciousness in contemporary Jewish design; Danya Ruttenberg, a recently ordained rabbi, offers a lively perspective on the constantly evolving Jewish impulse "to concretize the encounter with the Divine"; Arnold M. Eisen writes an absorbing and personal commentary on the role of ritual in Jewish life today; and Tamar Rubin contributes an illustrated timeline covering key Jewish cultural and historical events from 1994 to 2008.

Praise For Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life

Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (April 22 - September 28, 2010)
— Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

"[A] lovely book."—Robert Leiter, The Jewish Exponent
— The Jewish Exponent

Yale University Press, 9780300146820, 176pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

About the Author

Daniel Belasco is the Henry J. Leir Assistant Curator at The Jewish Museum. Arnold M. Eisen is the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Julie Lasky is editor of Change Observer, an online magazine about design and social impact. Tamar Rubin was the curatorial program associate at the Jewish Museum from 2006 to 2008. Danya Ruttenberg is an ordained rabbi and the author of Surprised by God.