Sunday, February 1, 2009

Daily Mincha

The daily Mincha minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is now at 5:00 PM.

Mazel Tov Perlines!

Mazal tov to Mayer and Shternie Perline on the engagement of their daughter Chana Rimler to Shneur Hayes of Ottawa, Canada!

The l’chaim will take place tonight, Sunday, at BLY, 556 Crown Street in Crown Heights.

Gould L'chaim Today

The l'chaim of Rochel Gould (Monsey) and Chesky Wasserman (Crown Heights) will take place today, Sunday, at 5:00 PM at Rayim Ahuvim in Crown Heights.

Artist Presents Hillel Benefit Show

Rockland Jewish Reporter

"Art and Soul," an exhibition and sale of paintings, lithographs, giclees, and bas-relief mosaics by renowned Jewish artist Michoel Muchnik will be held Feb. 28 at Congregation Tzemach Tzedek. The doors open at 8:30 p.m., with the artist making a formal presentation at 9:15 p.m. Proceeds from the event, which includes a kosher wine and cheese buffet, help support the programs and activities of Hillel of Rockland.

Muchnik's imaginative and joyful depiction of traditional and mystical Jewish themes, and his unique use of textures and colors, have brought him critical acclaim and international prominence.

In recent years, Muchnik has received notice for his oversize sculptural murals that add drama and beauty to the lobbies of synagogues, Chabad Houses and other Jewish institutions. One of his murals, "The Treasured Land," a 6-foot by 24-foot piece depicting the Land of Israel, hangs in the Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn. A brand new 10-foot by18-foot mural focusing on Jerusalem hangs in the Monsey synagogue that will host the February 28 art show.

Muchnik has staged exhibits of his work throughout the world, including shows at the Brooklyn Museum, the Goldman Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C., Yeshiva University Museum in New York, Dansforth Museum in Massachusetts, the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Sharei Tzedek Collection in Israel.

"My art is a medium for portraying spiritual themes," said Muchnik in a recent interview in his Brooklyn loft studio. "Every painting has a body and a soul, the form and the content. The body is the paper and the paint; the soul is the theme being represented. A beautiful body is not enough to evoke an intellectual or emotional response with any true spiritual value. Without the body, the soul has no channel through which to express itself in the world." His objective is for his works to convey a deeper perspective on life and the essence of being Jewish through the parables and the esoteric teachings of Chassidic philosophy.

Behrman House published a series of Muchnik's original paintings for their gift edition of "Pirkei Avos: Sayings of The Fathers." He authored and illustrated eight children's books and provided cover illustrations for numerous other books and magazines including Hadassah. He is a sought after lecturer on Jewish art and mysticism.

Born in Philadelphia in 1952, Muchnik received his artistic training at Rhode Island School of Design. He later studied at the Rabbinical College of America, in Morristown, NJ. Muchnik lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.

For information, call Rabbi Dov Oliver, Director of Hillel, at 574-4422.

For a preview of the art, visit

"Art & Soul", including a wine and cheese buffet, will take place on Motzai Shabbos, February 28, at 8:30 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive in Monsey. The artist's presentation will take place at 9:15 PM.