Rabbi Hazzan Lilly Kaufman

New York, NY

Following a 16-year career in book publishing, Lilly Kaufman received cantorial investiture ('98) and rabbinic ordination (’01) from JTS. Lilly served as rabbi and cantor at Congregation Tikvoh Chadoshoh in central CT; as Director of Jewish Learning at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnesota; and, most recently, as Director of the Torah Fund campaign of WLCJ at JTS, from which she stepped down in June. Lilly is a past member of the CA Ethics Committee; the RA Va’ad Hakavod; and the Editorial Advisory Committee of Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat & Festivals. Three of her poems were published in Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat & Festivals. Lilly has a life-long interest in art.

Akedat Yitzchak in Fine Art

11:30 PM Eastern

8:30 PM Pacific

Using compelling images of fine art, and relying on the scholarship of Jo Milgrom and Orna Silberman, we will discover how artists -- from the ancient period to the Renaissance, to modern Israel and the US -- depict the story of the binding of Isaac in painting, sculpture, mosaic, and photography. These artists use the visual vocabulary of Western art, as well as details of the biblical story, and ideas and images from some famous midrashim, to present these dramatic and powerful scenes. Each artist’s effort to imagine a crucial moment in the biblical story is a serious encounter with the text. Some pieces are explicitly political. We will learn from their editorial choices and from their formal visual decisions: about composition; perspective; scale; light and shadow; dress, landscape, props and decor; the incorporation of words; the placement of sculpture; and other expressive techniques.