|Posted by Danny on October 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM|
Alex Schostak is a second year Davidson student in the experiential concentration. His practicum this year is at the Yeshiva University Museum where he is an education intern and curatorial assistant. He is working on research and curriculum development for the upcoming eruv exhibition as well as a forthcoming exhibit focused on Shabbat and Jewish holiday ritual objects. For the eruv exhibition, Alex has worked on background research, finding written material to be included In an interactive exhibit, and developing lesson plans for guided tours. He will be facilitating tours and experiential programs for students as part of the eruv and holiday exhibitions. In addition to work on the exhibitions, Alex is also working on experiential workshop planning and facilitation for students and families at the museum.
About the eruv exhibit:
The eruv is one of the most fascinating, though little understood and sometimes controversial concepts in Jewish life. Now, for the first time, it’s the subject of an exhibition opening this week – It’s a Thin Line: The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond – at Yeshiva University Museum, near Union Square in Manhattan. The eruv is not just a concept. It’s also a physical creation that powerfully affects the lives of observant Jews. Without an eruv, parents couldn’t even carry their children on the Sabbath. It’s a Thin Line traces the history of the eruv and its adaptation into New York’s urban environment, and raises provocative questions.
The YU Museum is located at 15 W. 16th St. between Fifth and Sixth Ave. It's a Thin Line will be available for guests to the YU Museum: Mondays 5-8PM, Wednesdays 11am-8pm, and Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 11am-5pm.
Images of Eruvs from Ecclesiastical Constitution of Contemporary Jews, Particularly Those in Germany, Johann Christoph Georg Bodenschatz, 1717 - 1797, Collection of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research