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The Anne Frank Center USA, RJeneration & Jewish Art Salon invite you to

Documenting Diaspora

Illustrated talk with artist Julian Voloj.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6 to view the Faith & Form art exhibit.

Join award winning photographer Julian Voloj for a discussion and presentation on Jewish émigré communities from around the globe.

The Anne Frank Center USA.

44 Park Place, between Church St & West Broadway.

New York, NY

2/3 train to Park Place, A/C train to Chambers Street, E train to World Trade Center, N train to City Hall, 4/5 train to Fulton Street.

As part of Faith & Form, the current Jewish Art Salon exhibition at The Anne Frank Center USA, the German-born photographer and writer Julian Voloj will present an illustrated talk exploring themes inherent to his work. For over two decades Voloj has documented Jewish diaspora and Jewish heritage sites in countries as diverse as Cuba, Lithuania, and Morocco. His portrait photography includes depictions of African-Americans who adopted Judaism in an attempt to foster identity; Hasidic Jews recreating Eastern European shtetls in the heart of Brooklyn; World War II veterans from the former Soviet Union, as well as B’nai Anusim reclaiming their heritage.

Documenting Diaspora is a unique opportunity to view the highlights of Julian Voloj’s remarkable portfolio, and to learn more about the diverse Jewish communities he photographs. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a reception.

This presentation and discussion will focus on global diaspora, diverse community development, life under varied political rules, challenges, struggles, and celebrations. Julian will share anecdotes, personal thoughts, and ofcourse his remarkable photo portfolio, all leading us to question what it means to be Jewish today.

Program made possible through COJECO‘s Center Without Walls, sponsored by the UJA-Federation of NY, and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Julian Voloj’s award winning photographs have been shown in The Washington Post,Tablet, Publishers Weekly, the New York Post, etc. His photographs have been exhibited at various venues in the US and Europe, including a 10-year Retrospective at the German Consulate in NewYork in 2012.

RJeneration: Born in the Soviet Union, Made in the USA is a social group for Russian-speaking Jews 25-40 years of age. It offers Shabbat dinners, social gatherings, literary readings, and film screenings to address the diverse needs and interests of its community.

The Anne Frank Center USA: Otto Frank started the Anne Frank Foundation, Inc. in NewYork in 1959, which was incorporated in 1977 as The Anne Frank Center USA. The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner of the Anne Frank House, uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy, to educate young people and communities in the U.S. and Canada about the dangers of intolerance, antisemitism, racism and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on equal rights and mutual respect. Through a variety of innovative education programs and exhibitions, the Center uses Anne Frank as a role model for today. 

The Jewish Art Salon is an innovative and global art community for contemporary art exploring Jewish themes and related to current issues.The Salon organizes exhibitions, panel discussions and other art programming with leading international artists and scholars.

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