Yesterday I told you about our recent motorcycle adventure to Nashville, TN with the Jewish Motorcycle Alliance in our continued support of Holocaust Education.
It's called the "RIDE TO REMEMBER "
It is something we do, to a different place, every year.
(FYI: You can donate to this cause, any amount, big or small, at tnholcom.org)
About 130 bikes (190 people) all came together
one of our side trips was to the Jewish Community Center of Nashville
The Gordon Jewish Community Center strives to provide programs and services based on Jewish values and steeped in Jewish traditions.
At present the JCC has an amazing display of art from various mixed media artists...the exhibit has nothing to do with Judaism..it's a forum for community art.
Very intense art
Everything is for purchase, including these amazing gourds and masks from local TN artist Ann Light
Ann purchases her gourds from farmers who have been drying them in the field for about a year. Most come from Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia
She begins the tedious process of cleaning by soaking the gourd overnight before beginning to scrub away the accumulation of dirt and mold.
I found her work amazing
She then woodburns the design into the gourd, often using a burner to shade and add emphasis. For color, she primarily uses leather dyes and wax applied with a Q-Tip for maximum control.
We also had an opportunity to visit the Nashville Holocaust Memorial
The Nashville Survivor community and their descendants have dreamed for many years about creating a Memorial and educational space. The intention is to recognize and honor their loved ones, many of whom have no graves, and to create an area for personal reflection.
It has been almost seventy years since the liberation of the death camps, and World War II. The number of eyewitnesses declines each day.
At the entrance to the Memorial, the visitor will find the Hebrew word “Zachor,” Remember.
This focal sculpture, a book, in bronze, was created by Alex Limor
The book with torn and missing pages represents the destruction of two-thirds of European Jewry. Of the estimated nine million Jewish people living in Europe prior to 1933, six million were murdered in the Holocaust. Before the sculpture is a “Ner Tamid,” an eternal light. This light shines to represent a symbol of faith.
Our 'guys' from New Jersey..The Hillels Angels !