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Artist-in-Residence: The Sarajevo Haggadah Project

Artist-in-Residence: The Sarajevo Haggadah Project
  • Academics
Gili Sherman, Middle School Art Teacher

Made possible through the PTC's Teacher Innovation Initiative grant, the Middle School art program is excited to introduce a special multidisciplinary Artist-in-Residence project.

Chicago-area ketubah artist and calligrapher, Judith Joseph, will present about the famous Sarajevo Haggadah. This Haggadah was originally inscribed in Barcelona in the 1300's and later traveled throughout the Mediterranean region as a keepsake of Jewish families after the expulsion from Spain. In recent history, the Haggadah barely survived a book burning in WWII and later survived the Bosnian War, thanks to a Muslim museum curator who rescued it moments before the museum was hit by a bomb. It is now a designated Unesco World Heritage artifact residing in Sarajevo.

For this multidisciplinary program, Judith Joseph presented the history of the Haggadah and ancient art and science (chemistry) of its' creation with the entire Middle School in the Sanctuary.

Judith Joseph Biography

Judith Joseph is a Chicago based printmaker, painter and calligrapher.  She has a B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin. She has had numerous solo and two-person exhibitions of her work, in the U.S. and Canada.

Joseph exhibits widely, including a 2019 juried show in Amsterdam, Netherlands and upcoming exhibits in Berlin, Germany and Douro, Portugal. Her work may be found in hundreds of private collections and many public collections, including the Chicago Public Library, Milwaukee Public Museum, North Shore Congregation Israel (Glencoe, Illinois), KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation (Chicago, Illinois), Westmoor Elementary School (Northbrook, Illinois) and Hillel-Milwaukee.

In addition to her dynamic studio practice, Joseph is on the faculty of the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Art Center, Highland Park. She is an active member of the Jewish Art Salon, an international group, and she is Coordinator for the Jewish Artists Collective Chicago (JACC). With Dr. Jane Shapiro, she teaches an Artist Beit Midrash.

Joseph’s work has been featured in several books about art and many newspaper and magazine articles, academic journals, zines and radio features. She has received numerous awards, including the Illinois Arts Council Artists' Fellowship Award (1998 and 2004).



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