Passover reminds us that we can’t take freedom for granted. It is especially poignant this year, as Middle Eastern nations strive for rights we have long enjoyed in America. While Jewish artists and scholars are free to express themselves here, they still need the support the Foundation for Jewish Culture provides.
Yoav Potash’s Crime After Crime tracks an Orthodox lawyer’s efforts to free a wrongfully-incarcerated woman. With the help of the Kroll Fund, Yoav was able to finish the documentary and debut it at Sundance. Its message of perseverance and redemption has brought audiences to tears around the country, won several awards, and reached Oprah Winfrey, who will release Crime After Crime on her cable channel this summer.
Decades ago, Galeet Dardashti’s family fled Iran for a freer life in America. In 2003, the Foundation awarded Galeet a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her PhD thesis. She then received a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Artists (our partnership with JDub and Avodah Arts) to create a CD about unsung Biblical women. In September, our New Jewish Culture Network, featuring Galeet’s Foundation-commissioned piece Monajat, will tour to Miami, Boston, San Francisco, Houston and LA. The Iranian community has flourished in the U.S., but Galeet still needed the backing only the Foundation could provide.
Recently the Jewish Week singled out the Foundation (and the Manhattan JCC) for praise, calling them “institutions with a proud record of supporting Israel and Jewish artists, nurturing their work and helping to create and strengthen Jewish identity, culture and community.” As you celebrate this season of freedom, please show your support for artists and scholars by contributing to the Foundation for Jewish Culture.