On Thursday evening, July 14,  original paintings of eminent Israeli Jewish artists  will be auctioned to benefit the Judaic Heritage Program for Israel’s Deaf and Hearing Impaired, a project of  The International Young Israel Movement (IYIM).

Psalm 9 by Moshe Tzvi Berger

Psalm 9 by Moshe Tzvi Berger

The event will take place at The Leonardo Plaza Hotel,  King George Street, Jerusalem and will also be open to Israeli and international bidders through real-time online streaming. It has been organized by The Jewish Jerusalem Fine Art Store (TJJFAS)  in conjunction with IYIM. All prospective bidders must register with TJJFAS by filling out the Contact Us form on their website, indicating their interest in participating, and will receive further instructions.

Jonathan Hemley, CEO at The Jewish Jerusalem Fine Art Store notes “We want to promote Israeli art. At the same time, we want to support a worthy non-profit like IYIM and their Deaf Program.”

Renowned Artists

The auction will be featuring the works of many distinguished artists.

I met Moshe Tzvi Berger, of blessed memory, shortly after he completed his 150th painting for The Museum of the Psalms.  I had come to Israel after studying in Europe, and had seen many of the world’s leading museums and galleries.  But this man was different, he was real.  Moshe Tzvi Berger put the light of his neshama onto canvas.  His paintings fill the room with a spiritual awakening.  I would not have thought that these were made by a man who survived the Holocaust because his paintings radiate joy.

Yoram Raanan’s works are featured as the “Picture from the Parsha” every Friday in the Jerusalem Post. Raanan, who describes his paintings as ”a modern expression of Jewish collective consciousness” says: “Picasso said ‘for the artist it is never Sunday’.  For the Jewish artist, there is always Shabbat.”

Jerusalem Awakening III by Yoram Raanan

Jerusalem Awakening III by Yoram Raanan

Raanan’s brilliant use of strokes, movement and color bring the spiritual essence of Shabbat into the weekday.

Autumn Flowers by Leah Laker

Autumn Flowers by Leah Laker

Leah Laker, whose works have been exhibited in group and solo showings, including at the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI), describes the impact of her abstract watercolor painting, “When you look at my painting hanging on your wall I want you to feel connected to an experience, idea or emotion and to feel energized and uplifted by the vibrant colors.”

Bird on Fantasy by Johanan Herson

Bird on Fantasy by Johanan Herson

Johanan Herson’s works have been exhibited internationally and are included in permanent corporate collections. Herson comments on his works featuring birds, such as Bird on Fantasy:  “Birds are the ultimate witness to human experience. They are always able to escape, watching from overhead they are present in moments of terror, moments of love.  Symbolizing peace, freedom, death, birth – all the major themes of human experience.  Inspiring mankind to fly.Escapism Paradise Omens Imagination, the inherent aspect of art is also the portal to the divine.”

The Judaic Heritage Program for Israel’s Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Daniel M. Meyer, Executive Director of IYIM – Israel region – explains that “We are honored to partner with The Jewish Jerusalem Fine Art Store in this great initiative which combines the finest Jewish artists, a private business and a non-profit organization. Funds raised will contribute to the continued growth of our Judaic Heritage program for the Deaf which operates throughout Israel. It will allow us to expand existing programs.  These programs include our annual Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration, which has 54 celebrants this year.  It also includes our university scholarship program. This art auction will also help us launch new projects to benefit Israel’s Deaf youth and young adults.”

The Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration has 54 celebrants this year. Photo courtesy IYIM Israel

The Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration has 54 celebrants this year. Photo courtesy IYIM Israel

The Judaic Heritage Program for Israel’s Deaf and Hearing Impaired has been operating for 20 years. In 2016 the initiative ran the first American Sign Language Birthright group.  The 25 participants and the rabbi was deaf.  An interpreter accompanied the group the whole time in sign language.

Boy putting on tefillin at the Bar Mitzvah Celebration

Boy putting on tefillin at the Bar Mitzvah Celebration, Photo courtesy IYIM Israel

Rabbi Chanoch Yeres, Director of the program runs several major projects within the initiative for participants from diverse backgrounds across Israel, from the Golan in the north, to Beersheba in the south.