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Lifted by Hope & Unity, Color Photograph, 30×24 inches, 2007 Hands of Jews of all hues lift the Torah scroll high on Simhat Torah, the day we finish the end and begin the beginning. Hands are recurring themes throughout my work. I see the human hand as a source of creation. When a community joins together to lift a Torah scroll high, their hopes for repaired world are hoisted high. A child asked: if you had to choose to be deaf or blind, which would you choose? All I can think is: what would happen if I lost my hands? From the Momento Chai series
Mi Ya’avar… … (“Who will cross for us to the land beyond and fetch it for us…”), Color Photograph, 22×16 inches, 2007 Jen Taylor Friedman is the first woman to write a whole Sefer Torah for a congregation– or for any one! It’s quite possible she is not the first woman to do it, but she is the first who can be acknowledged. She presented the first woman-written Serfer Torah to United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis, a URJ member, in October 2007.
Hagbah, Color Photograph, 22×16 inches, 2008 A woman honored with Hagbah, or raising the Torah, was virtually unknown to generations before ours. A Holocaust Torah is lifted to the sunlight to reveal Shira, the song of praise and deliverance. So precious are the words of Torah that everyone must see them. Rashi wrote that a person who lifts a Torah so that the congregation cannot see the words has committed an infraction as serious as someone who hurts a neighbor or causes strife in a family. Why? Perhaps because the true essence of Torah has not been revealed unless all can see – and be included. From the Momento Chai series
Born in 1956 in Saint Louis, MO, Jeane Vogel has studied photography and art since high school. She holds a BA from the University of Missouri.
Vogel has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows throughout North America, including Phoenix Gallery, Chelsea, NY; St. Louis University Museum of Art, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Rosenzweig Gallery of Judea, North Carolina; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Nicolet Museum, Wisconsin, and HUC Gallery, Los Angeles.
The Nicolet Museum in Wisconsin, Women of Reform Judaism gallery, Manhattan, and many corporate and synagogue galleries throughout the country.
Artist residency in social practice at the University of Zhongshan, People’s Republic of China in July 2014.
Awards in photography and mixed media, including Best of Show (2D), Best in Category (Mixed Media, Photography), Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit in juried exhibits and fairs in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wisconsin.
Jeane Vogel is represented currently by several galleries in St. Louis and Door County, WI
Selected solo exhibitions
“Momento Chai,” CRC Gallery, 2009, St. Louis; images from which were published as the Women of Reform Judaism Art Calendar (2009); “Sacred Movement,” Third Degree Gallery, Feb-March. 2011, St. Louis; “What the Eye Cannot See,” St. Louis, and many other shows.
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