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Ruth Schrieber image 1Jan. 12 – Mar. 30 (Opening Reception Thursday, Jan. 26):
Letters from My Grandparents: The Art of Ruth Schreiber

In 2004, Ruth Schreiber’s aunt Esther died, and her children found a box of letters she had kept. The letters were written by Schreiber’s grandparents, between January of 1939 and August of 1942, to the three of their five children whom they had managed to send to England (two as part of the Kindertransport) to survive the Nazi onslaught. The remaining two siblings, Sophie and Jeni, were smuggled out of Rivesaltes, a Vichy French camp, after their mother’s death in 1941 and eventually found their way to safety in Switzerland in 1943. The letters, last written by their father Samuel, continued until he was gassed in Auschwitz in August of 1942.

These powerful dispatches, written in German, Yiddish, English, and French, declare a steadfast faith, admonish their children to continue to practice Judaism, and of course, to look after each other. These are the raw materials that inspired Ruth Schreiber’s multi-media art, and the Gershman Y is honored to house such powerful works. RSVP to the Opening Night reception HERE!

Jan. 26 – Mar. 8 (Opening Reception Thursday, Jan. 26): A Close Look Inside James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym: Photographs by Jano Cohen

When first commissioned to photograph a fundraising event for the PA Golden Gloves in Chester, PA, artist Jano Cohen discovered James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym, a community treasure well respected in the Philadelphia boxing world at Athens and Brooklyn Streets in West Philadelphia. Impressed by a sense of safety and a friendly welcome, Cohen was instantly drawn into the lives of the members and their work. Exploring the mixture of respect, camaraderie, tenderness and tough love, this series of photographs shares the artist’s newly-found knowledge about boxing with a focus on one gym’s sense of home and family. RSVP to the Opening Night reception HERE!

Tuesday, Feb. 7: Author Jeffrey Sussman discusses his book, Max Baer and Barney Ross: Jewish Heroes of Boxing

In the 1920s and ’30s, anti-Semitism was rife across the globe. Looking for symbols of strength, the Jewish people found representations of courage in two champions of boxing: Max Baer and Barney Ross. In Max Baer and Barney Ross: Jewish Heroes of Boxing, author Jeffrey Sussman chronicles the lives of two men whose successful bouts inside the ring served as inspiration for Jewish fans across the country and around the world. At this event, Sussman will recount the lives of these two extraordinary men as well as give a glimpse into the role that boxing played during the height of anti-Semitism. Max Baer and Barney Ross: Jewish Heroes of Boxing will also be available for purchase. Tickets are only $10 – RSVP HERE!