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Recalling a Lost World: Fusing Literature and Art in Commemoration of “The World That Was”

Hosted By: Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

Sholem Aleichem’s tales use humor to belie the hardships of life in the shtetl, market village. His stories are specific to a time and place, but the themes are universal—assimilation, emigration, poverty and antisemitism.

Lithuanian-Israeli artist, David Labkovski (1906-1991), who illustrated daily Jewish life prior to the Holocaust in his hometown of Vilna (current day Vilnius), was inspired by Sholem Aleichem’s writings, illustrating the characters in commemoration of the ‘world that was.’ Join us for an online exhibit with guide Leora Raikin as we explore the connection between these two great artists and the stories that still resonant for us today.

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Leora Raikin

South African-born, Los Angeles based, Leora Raikin is an international speaker captivating audiences throughout the world. As founder of the David Labkovski Project, educator, artist and author she co-developed a project based multi disciplinary educational program to teach students about Jewish life in Eastern Europe; before, during and after the Holocaust through the art of Lithuanian-Israeli artist David Labkovski (1906-1991) that has been successfully scaled and implemented in middle schools, high schools and colleges in the United States, Lithuania and Mexico. Leora has been a keynote speaker at Chapman University, West Point Military Academy & Uniworld Jewish Heritage Cruises amongst others and has been honored by Los Angeles City Council for her work in using the art of David Labkovski to commemorate the Holocaust. Leora was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and earned a Bachelor of Business Science undergraduate degree from University of Cape Town and a Masters in Research from UCT, South Africa.
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Stephanie Wolfson

Stephanie Wolfson has a BA from George Washington University and an MA in Jewish Education and Community Service from Brandeis University. As the Director of Education of the David Labkovski Project (DLP), she co-developed an educational program to teach students about Eastern European life before, during and after the Holocaust through the art of Lithuanian-Israeli artist David Labkovski (1906-1991). She has worked as a consultant to the Resource Center for Educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and helped launch a family education program at Congregation Or Ami where she was the interim head of the religious school. She has served on the board of Love and Care and Help the Babies, Congregation Or Ami and Viewpoint School. Stephanie was a presenter at the Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches at the Ackerman Center UT Dalla.
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Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

The Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (“CSP”) is a program offering adult Jewish education and family Jewish celebrations.
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