On Monday, August 12, over 100 people came out to enjoy some fine art, music, and cuisine, all in support of the fine work of Chabad of the Five Towns. The home of Ruthy and Ari Jungreis in Lawrence was transformed into a chic gallery for the night, as old friends and new friends mingled over sushi, wine, and cheese while enjoying the fine works of celebrated chassidic artist Michoel Muchnik.
Muchnik’s colorful, dreamy visions of Jewish traditions have earned him a spot of honor at various cultural institutions as well as many homes. The acclaimed artist was present to meet his fans and answer any questions. Rabbi Wolowik, director of Chabad of the Five Towns, opened the evening with a dvar Torah referencing the idea of “ki teitzei lamilchama al oyvecha”—when going out to battle, one must be above and in control of the enemy. He noted, “The enemy of the spiritual can be the physical if not utilized properly. In gathering to purchase art, the people in this room have taken the art—physical—and allowed it to be elevated by the spiritual. Additionally, the art itself has a powerful message, as explained by the artist. For example, the tent of Avraham Avinu is open on all four sides and the Kiddush cup is half-empty, expressing that one can only be a ‘mekabel’ when they make room within themselves and recognize they are lacking on their own. Also, by donating to Chabad, in essence this piece of art is not physical anymore but has been transformed and is not a contradiction to one’s avodas Hashem.”
Much thanks go to the evening’s chairpeople—Dovi and Tzipi Faivish, Sholom and Pessy Jacobs, Shimie and Chani Klein, Sol and Etty Levy, Ilan and Ilana Mandel, Shloimy and Tzippy Perlstein, and Jeffrey and Sharona Weinberg.
To learn more about Chabad of the Five Towns, including the High Holy Day schedule, visit www.chabadfivetowns.com or call 516-295-2478. v