Downtown Miami welcomes Next@19th: Moving Jewish Culture Forward – a new center for Jewish culture dedicated to engaging South Florida’s diverse community. Neighbored by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Wynwood Arts District, the Center, located on the campus of Temple Israel’s historic site , is a destination for celebrating Jewish identity through arts, education and practice. Programs include The New Sanhedrin, a forum designed to address current issues from both sides of the debate, and community partnerships with groups such as Miami Book Fair International. The Center is open to the public.
“We are weaving our work through many organizations and populations around town to share our mission as broadly and as accessibly as possible,” said Jenni Person, director of Next@19th. “Our message of ’Moving Jewish Culture Forward’ is about creating the space and opportunity for innovation and exploration, and for showcasing and expressing new ideas and aesthetics in Jewish culture. Next@19th is a lively and inclusive destination.”
The New Sanhedrin
Questioning The Covenantal Cut: Circumcision
Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 pm. at Next@19th Center
The New Sanhedrin tackles some of the most challenging ethical and legal questions of our time. Modeled after the ancient Sanhedrin, by which early Jewish law was legislated, the system involved participants gathering near the representative whose argument most reflected their views. At Next@19th, perspectives of a debate will be presented by Center facilitators and people will be asked to physically demonstrate their opinion by shifting sides of the room. The first topic of the New Sanhedrin series, Questioning The Covenantal Cut: Circumcision, is an example of how this exercise will draw from everyday issues both in the news and in homes, inviting members to stimulate ideas by voting with their feet.
A Special Evening in Partnership with Miami Book Fair International
Presenting Miryam Kabakov, Author of Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires
Saturday, November 20 at 7:00 pm.|Reading at Miami Book Fair International (Wolfson Campus)
Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm.| Reception at Next@19th Center
“Reconciling queerness with religion has always been an enormous challenge. And when the religion is Orthodox Judaism, the task is even more daunting. Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires is an anthology that takes on this challenge by giving voice to gender queer Jewish women who were once silenced—and effectively rendered invisible—by their faith.”
In the spirit of collaborating with dynamic organizations, Next@19th has partnered with Miami Book Fair International to present Miryam Kabakov’s “You are Not Alone Tour.” The author and friends will share excerpts of those who have come out, who are still closeted or who are struggling to maintain an integrated "single life" in relationship to traditional Judaism.
The reading will take place on Saturday, November 20 at the Fair; and on the following day, Sunday, November 21, Kabakov will visit the Center for a Havdalah* reception co-hosted by Ruach – a LGBT Jewish community.
About Next@19th: Moving Jewish Culture Forward
Next@19th (nextat19th.org) was founded in July 2010 to engage South Florida’s diverse community in fresh culture, learning and spiritual experience through a Jewish lens. Producing original programming, the non-profit organization will host a range of events and activities. This 2010 – 2011 season promises celebrations of music, literary arts, visual art, education and spirituality as well as dynamic projects in partnership with Miami Book Fair International, the Jewish Film Festival and University of Wynwood. Nex@t19th is located on the campus of Temple Israel’s historic site in downtown Miami.