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I Am Hava: The Power of Multicultural Books

Hosted By: The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

Acclaimed transcultural Indian-Jewish artist Siona Benjamin tells the story of developing the incredible artwork for the brand new children’s book, I Am Hava. Why is Hava blue? She is blue like the sky and like the ocean. She is from everywhere and from nowhere. Hava is a beautiful song – also timeless and borderless. All she does is spread joy. The song Hava Negilah is used universally by the Jewish community around the world, spanning races and cultures. As a Jewish person from India living in America, Siona believes in the power of multicultural books to celebrate the diversity of the Jewish community.

Just in time for Hanukkah, Siona will share excerpts from her brand-new book and engage in dynamic conversation about multicultural identity with Shekhiynah Larks of Be’chol Lashon. Brought to you in partnership with Be’chol Lashon.

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Siona Benjamin

Siona Benjamin belongs to the Bene Israel community of India. She grew up in a city that was predominantly Hindu and Muslim, and to a lesser extent, Catholic and Zoroastrian. She has two Masters of Fine Arts, one in painting and one in theater set design. Furthermore, she has exhibited in the US, Canada, Europe, India, and Asia. In 2010 she received a Fulbright Fellowship for an art project entitled ‘Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives’. She was later awarded a second Fulbright Fellowship in 2016 for a project entitled ‘Motherland to Fatherland: Indian Transcultural Jews in Israel’. The documentary “Blue Like Me” follows her journey as she conducted research for this project. Her unique perspective as a Jewish woman raised in India is a central theme to her artworks.
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The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

The Union for Reform Judaism is the organizational center for Reform Judaism.
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