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Temple Adds Art to Spiritual Journey

The Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which bookend this week, are quiet, somber occasions for introspection and repentance. But the exhibit of art by congregation member Roe Halper at Temple Shalom is the opposite of that feeling. The works in "Joy of Life" are filled with fluorescent ink washes and jump from the walls with color. "It's unusual: Many artists become more reserved and introspective late in their careers," Rabbi Brian Leiken said. "Roe is the opposite."

Halper's works mark the debut of the temple's art and exhibit hall, which will feature art and photographic exhibits throughout the year. It is aimed at integrating the medium of art into the spiritual life of the congregation.

"We come to synagogue on these days, not to find ourselves depressed about the human condition, but to recognize that our time here is limited and worth cherishing," Leiken said. "Roe's beautiful exhibit captures this theme in provocative, mysterious and moving ways."

For more information on the exhibit, call the temple office at 203-866-0148.

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