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FINDING HOME with Siona Benjamin

Finding Home: Parallels in mythology from around the world

Jewish Art Salon partners with RJeneration to invite you to this event for you as the writer and teller of your own life story. No artistic experience necessary.

This lecture and workshop will bridge world mythologies to individual stories. Siona Benjamin, a painter from Bombay, living in the US, connects mythology to personal stories in a sensitive and though provoking way. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India.

Siona will compare mythological stories like the Indian Matsya, Jonah and the fish, Noah’s Ark, Aleksandr Pushkin’s “The tale of the fisherman”, and Gilgamesh, a Babylonian myth from 2000 BC. We will discuss the science/geology of the “flood” or massive change. Participants will bring ideas and objects from home that speak of their family, culture, religion, identity, transformations. In a facilitated journey, participants will connect the parallels in mythologies of the world with their own personal stories.

WhenDecember 4 

6:00 – 6:30 PM – Light buffet dinner & viewing of art exhibit (Jewish Week art review here). 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Program.

Where: Tribeca Synagogue For The Arts Gallery, 49 White Street, New York, NY 10013.

Directions: Subway – Canal St. stops for N,R,W, Q, J, M, Z, 1, A,C,E, 6.

Three blocks below Canal St. betw. B’way and Church St.

Cost $8 Advance admission online. $10 At the door.


Siona Benjamin is a painter from Bombay, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons. She has been recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for an art project titled: Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. Her NY solo exhibit will open March 6 at the Flomenhaft Gallery.

This program is sponsored by Center Without Walls, a project of COJECO, funded by the UJA-Federation of NY and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Co-sponsored by the Tribeca Synagogue of the Arts.

RJeneration: Born in the Soviet Union, Made in the USA, is a social organization for Russian 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.

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