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CUBA: Threads of Hope & Renewal

LINDA HIRSCH | Cuba

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Linda J. Hirsch, Photographer-Psychologist, has captured idntimate documentary images (2001-) inspired by her deepening immersion in Cuban Jewish culture. For over a decade, she has documented and enabled the once vibrant, now diminished, Jewish community. Her images distill the essence of "cubanidad":  faith; family; and community. 

Her award-winning images and articles have been published and exhibited internationally, used as backdrops for poetry readings (Jerusalem), as projection sets for Jewish music events and commissioned for ballet sets by Cuban-born choreographer, José Mateo (Boston).

A multi-media piece, created in collaboration with Cuban-born composer, Maureen Reyes Lavastida, premiered in Havana (Fototeca, Nov. 2015) and Boston (March 2016).

The Anne Frank House Museum (Amsterdam) owns some of her related imagery and has provided Spanish versions of the Diary and other educational media for use in Cuba. 

HIRSCH has mentored Cuban youths in the art of visual storytelling via donated cameras. She has reunited with several youths now in Israel and hopes to weave new threads into "Threads of Hope & Renewal".


 

Linda J. Hirsch, Psychologist, Photographer, Photo- journalist, Meditation Guide, Event Planner
"She Who Makes Memories With Light"
7 Highgate Rd., Wayland, MA 01778
hm.: 508.653.0161; cell: 508.202.2923
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/linda-j-hirsch/12/348/62b
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CUBAN JEWISH LIFE: Threads of Hope & Renewal
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This exhibit is inspired by over a decade of documenting contemporary Jewish Cuban life within the broader context of “cubanidad” (2001-), during a time of increasing transition. 

THREADS OF HOPE & RENEWAL
After commercial craft initiatives by Jewish communities were allowed by the Cuban government (~2006), I delivered $1500+ of fresh quilting fabric, sewing goods & craft supplies to the Centro Sefaradi (HAV), via      a broad assistance network.

I delivered 90+ scarves to craftswomen at    the Centro Sefaradi, creating a personal     and metaphorical bridge across the "Dire Straits" between the US and CU.

During my 6th visit to Cuba (December 2012), I photographed & interviewed elderly Jewish craftspeople and their teachers creating work for sale to tourists. Proceeds enable them to sustain programs, staff and members.

LIFESTORIES
I have enabled Jewish Cuban leaders and youths since 2006, to create simple, multi-media “Lifestories”, via donated cameras. They have documented and shared their experiences in/outside of Cuba, via email, Facebook & a new Cuban Jewish website, despite logistical challenges and govern-mental restrictions.
 

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/linda-j-hirsch/12/348/62b
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Cuba America Jewish Mission (June Safran, Founder)
Joint Distribution Committee (HAV; NY)
Jewish Cuba Connection ( Stan Falkenstein, Fdr.; Dir.)
Original sponsor: Cong. Beth El Sudbury

Linda J. Hirsch, Psychologist, Photographer, Photo-journalist
"She Who Makes Memories With Light"
7 Highgate Rd., Wayland, MA 01778
hm.: 508.653.0161; cell: 508.202.2923
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/linda-j-hirsch/12/348/62b
http://www.radiosefarad.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=138&Itemid=165

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