Tzedek boxes, Jewish Food for Thought Project coming to Sabes JCC

A tzedek box designed by Judy Winger will be part of a array of boxes on display at Sabbes Jewish Community Center in October. (Submitted photo)
A tzedek box designed by Judy Winger will be part of a array of boxes on display at Sabbes Jewish Community Center in October. (Submitted photo)

An exhibit featuring uniquely crafted tzedakah boxes from select Twin Cities artists exploring an array of materials, artist collaborations and various aspects of tzedakah is coming to Tychman Shapiro Gallery at Sabes Jewish Community Center.

Tzedakah is loosely translated from Jewish to English as “charity”. The Torah strongly enjoins, “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof, justice, justice thou shalt pursue.” Rabbinical commentators have said that the repetition of the word justice is designed to underline the importance of the command.

Tzedakah is given as an act of redress, as part of the process of seeking a just world, both in charity and acts of loving kindness.

The gallery will be lined with more than a dozen uniquely crafted tzedakah boxes designed by individual artists as well as many collaborations. The exhibit is planned in conjunction with a special tzedakah box commissioned in memory of David Tychman, for whose family the gallery is named, created by local mixed-media artist Jody Winger.

Winger’s tzedakah box will be permanently installed in the Tychman Shapiro Gallery. The accompanying tzedakah boxes will be on display and following the exhibit will be donated to organizations throughout the community.

The exhibit runs Oct. 9 to Nov. 2 with an artists reception 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, followed by a dedication ceremony.

On concurrent display in the Sabes JCC Shared Walls Exhibition Areas will be “Hanan Harchol: Jewish Food for Thought.”

A fun night of film shorts featuring several from the Jewish Food for Thought project is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. The event planned in conjunction with The Twin Cities Film festival.

This project consists of animated shorts and graphic novels, combining thousands of years of Jewish wisdom on topics such as apology, forgiveness, gratitude, love, fear, humility and others in an artful way. The goal of this project is to distill these relevant and very human Jewish teachings in a vehicle that is accessible, entertaining, funny and fresh.

The traveling exhibition was produced with the support of The Covenant Foundation, in conjunction with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum. The animated series was created with generous funding by The Covenant Foundation and with fiscal sponsorship by The Foundation for Jewish Culture.

The Sabes Jewish Community Center is located at 4330 South Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park.