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Lag B’omer Live

Enjoy an evening of “unplugged” contemporary Chassidic music in honor of Lag B’omer

Get into the Lag B’omer Groove

with Rabbi Ruvi New and the Yeshiva Boyz

live in concert

Wednesday May 9, 7:30pm

at the Maor Gallery

3030 NE 2nd Ave, Miami

Live Music | Bar B Q | Open Bar

$12 in advance $15 at the door

What is Lag Ba’Omer?

Lag Ba’Omer is a festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar. It also commemorates another event. In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva. On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased.

Lag Baomer this year is on May 10, 2012.

Gisela Savdie, Inerrogantes en el camino 2012 digital photograph on artistic paper, 36x24 inches

Four X Four

A group exhibition: Marisa Leicach, Gisela Savdie, Janet Slom, Tina Spiro, Paul Stoppi.

Maor Gallery is pleased to present four x four, an exhibition of works by Marisa Leicach, Gisela Savdie, Janet Slom, Tina Spiro and Paul Stoppi. The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, May 3rd and will be on view through May 28th, 2012.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00pm.

I will bring you out from under the hardship of Egypt, and I will save you from their bondage; I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you to Myself as a nation, and I will be to you a G-d . . . (Exodus 6:6-7)

These four phrases are expressions G-d used to describe the miraculous exodus of the Jewish people from the Egyptian exile (1313 BCE). The first three phrases symbolize the intervention from above; whilst the latter required and only came into fruition when each of the participants took an active role in freeing themselves, a level culminated 49 days later at Mount Sinai.

In Kabalistic teachings the number four signifies completion, the ability to take the tools given and utilize them for spiritual labor and refinement, thus bringing it all from potential to actuality.

four x four explores the story of the making of a nation. It’s a story we all experience on a constant basis when embarking in the journey of freeing ourselves and becoming who we strive to be.

Jason Hedges, Florida Cobia 2011, Ink on paper, 45 x 18 inches


By Jason Hedges, curated by Eric Charest-Weinberg

Maor Gallery is pleased to present Gifts, an exhibition of work by Miami-based artist Jason Hedges, curated by Eric Charest-Weinberg. The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, February 11th and will be on view through March 23rd, 2012.

Jason Hedges, Florida Cobia 2011, Ink on paper, 45 x 18 inches

A longtime foodie, Jason Hedges creates visual representations founded on conceptual gastronomic concepts.  From the performative, we find ourselves in a world of ideas founded on organic growth.  Jason Hedges, with his distinct, clean and minimal aesthetic, embodies the often overlooked principals to which all life is created.

Specified simplistic ideas are often seldom uniquely created.  The inspiration and lineage to those ideas are often taken for granted.  The overwhelming respect for thousands of years, the sacrament of G-d’s creation, the idea of preservation and a naturalistic compound in humanity, as seen from the perspective of a singular temporary inhabitant, to which we all are, yields an identity, solely based on organic sustainability.  It is what it is.  A peppercorn is a peppercorn.  A snapper is a snapper.  A grape is a grape. Smoke created from burning wood is Smoke created from burning wood.

When viewing contemporary art, the participant is often forced to recontextualize concepts in a way that unilaterally relates to them personally, and further applying that concept to an abstract visual representation of that singular idea.  This concept is subjective, created by the artist and for the most part, never up for discussion.  In this engineered action, the participant is presented with the illusion of self discovery. In reality, the emotions created in the participant had been meticulously executed by the artist.

The documentation and preservation of living organisms, frozen in time, articulated on a medium, representing prosperity, equality, history and the idea of a sustainable future are the embodiment of Hedges’s visual vocabulary.

Purim, (4th century BCE ) the historical Jewish holiday celebrated yearly on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (March 7th -8th, 2012); commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.”  The miraculous events of Purim are completely enclothed in the ebb and flow of nature and society. But when delving deeper the hand of G-d orchestrating the events as part of an interactive master plan can be seen.   The Purim story challenges us to find the essence of G-d in the material world and in seemingly meaningless events.

For Gifts, Hedges created a body of work founded on the ideas of gifting.  Purim is celebrated by commemorating ideals and rituals that include, Reading the Scroll of Esther, gifting of foods, giving charity, feasting and costuming.

About Jason: Jason Hedges is a Miami based artist whose practice is confined to exploring food & drink and humanities relationships with them throughout history. The work draws from the inherent beauty as well as the cultural significances that we have developed. The work is often interactive or a by-product of an action. His work has been exhibited locally and international and featured in numerous periodicals and art journals. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections and exhibits regularly in museums, galleries, art fairs and other institutions. Full CV and samples of works can be found

Purim Drumming Celebration 2012

Can You Hear the Beat?

Purim Night Live! Wednesday, March 7, 7PM
Megillah Reading | Purim treats | Drumming Circle | Live music
Maor Gallery | 3030 NE 2nd Av | Miami
$10 per person. $12 at the door

Pesach Front

The Seder

We all have limitations that hold us back from reaching our true potential. Take in the Leaving Egypt art exhibit, and free yourself.
Relive the Exodus, discover the eternal meaning of the Haggadah, and enjoy a community Seder complete with hand-baked Matzah, Wine, and a delicious dinner spiced with unique traditional customs.

art basel

ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT Art Basel Week Events:


Tuesday 11/29, 7pm — 9pm: ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT Opening Reception
Experience ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT, a multi-media group exhibition exploring five artists’ interpretation of different qualities of light at Maor Gallery. The experience begins outside, with a streetscape “dance of light” installation. Inside the gallery, paintings invoke imagery of the Northern Lights and a hovering light-filled cloud challenges concepts of positive and negative space. Curated by Arthur Dunkelman and Tina Spiro; featuring works by Fernando Calzadilla, Janet Slom, Tina Spiro, Yasmin Spiro, Paul Stoppi and student artists from Design Architecture Senior High (DASH). The reception is open to the public. Refreshments will be served, including drinks sponsored by Prairie Organic Vodka. Free parking is available.

Friday 12/02, 5pm – 7pm: A TASTE OF SHABBAT
Enjoy “A Taste of Shabbat” at Maor Gallery, just a block from Midtown’s Art Miami Pavilion. Savor traditional Shabbat dishes and a serene Shabbat spirit as you experience Maor’s ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT exhibition. “A Taste of Shabbat” is free and open to the public. Hors d’orves and beverages will be served.

Saturday 12/03, 6:30pm – 10pm: ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT Gallery Walk
Experience ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT, a multi-media group exhibition exploring five artists’ interpretation of different qualities of light at Maor Gallery (3030 NE 2nd Avenue). Located just one block from the Art Miami Pavillion in Midtown, Maor’s Art Week events promise to be a highlight of Miami Art Week. Free parking is available.

Wednesday12/21, 7pm – 9pm: MAOR’S CHANUKAH CELEBRATION
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT, a multi-media group exhibition exploring five artists’ interpretation of different qualities of light at Maor Gallery (3030 NE 2nd Avenue). More details to come.

Armada new


A group exhibition Tina Spiro, Janet Slom, Paul Stoppi, Fernando Calzadilla, Yasmin Spiro, Prof. Hans Evers and selected sculpture students of DASH. Curated by Arthur Dunkelman and Tina Spiro.

Opening Reception: Tuesday November 29 7:00pm to 9:00pm
On view November 29 – January 31

“Darkness, no matter how ominous and intimidating, is not a thing or force: it is merely the absence of light. So light need not combat and overpower darkness in order to displace it — where light is, darkness is not. A thimbleful of light will therefore banish a roomful of darkness.”

– Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, inspired by teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Maor presents ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT, a multi-media exhibition exploring five artists’ interpretation of different qualities of light through site-specific installations and paintings both inside and outside Maor Gallery.

Each artist has explored different qualities and manifestations of light. Using diverse media, they interpret a flickering light of memory, an inner glow of meditation, light as it is refracted in the sky, and the velocity of light through an illuminated streetscape.

Tina Spiro’s oil paintings depict great human endeavors and folly within the context of climate change and the spectacular cosmic beauty of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, superimposed on vast landscapes. Janet Slom’s heroic abstract paintings embody light from within and Paul Stoppi’s illuminated cloud challenges concepts of positive and negative space. Fernando Calzadilla presents an outdoor “sky panel” installation. Yasmin Spiro has created a site-specific interpretation of her acclaimed video installation, “Tracks.”

The streetscape “dance of light” is being created by selected sculpture students of DASH, Professor Hans Evers will oversee the development and construction of their outdoor project which will delight drivers and visitors throughout Art Basel.

This luminescent show will run through the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, known as the Festival of Lights. The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the defeat of the Greek army in 166 BCE. The ritual oil used to light a seven branched candelabra – or menorah – was damaged, leaving only enough for a single day. Miraculously, it burned for eight days and that ancient miracle is still celebrated today.

Arthur Dunkelman, of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, has previously curated exhibitions including “The Enchantress: Emma, Lady Hamilton” at the Grolier Club in New York [2011] and “Exploring the Early Americas,” an ongoing exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Co-curator Tina Spiro founded the Miami-based Miart Foundation to foster local art development, with a new initiative to link Miami to its artistic Caribbean neighbors.

Special thanks to Miart foundation and J I Kislak for their support in producing this exhibition.


JLI – Money Matters

Course Overview Money Matters will present Judaism’s approach to practical economic dilemmas and monetary quandaries that we face daily in both our personal and professional lives.  The goal of this course is to provide a sensitive, fair, and unshakable economic paradigm grounded in 3,000 years of tradition and practical experience—an ancient yet fresh spin on how we view ethics of money.   Students will emerge from this course with an understanding that only a divine economic system can ensure unequivocal justice while recognizing the virtue in each stakeholder’s position. Money Matters will show how the Torah’s sharply discerning yet holistic rulings inspire us with the confidence to confront any ethical economic dilemma.

This course is eligible for CLE credits in the following US States: Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

Course Outline

Hot Tips: The Ethics of Insider Trading Information is a valuable commodity–this fact has been made clear by recent stories of high-profile prosecutions on insider trading charges. But is it fair to require companies to make information readily available to people who did not expend the time, effort, and money to attain it? Can stealing or misusing information be likened to property theft? How do we set up markets which ensure that risk is apportioned fairly? In this lesson, we will compare and contrast what American law and Jewish law have to say on the subject.
By the Sweat of Their Brows: Wages of the Working Poor While a lucky few go home with millions, many more return home in poverty. What is the best way to solve the problem of the “working poor”? Should employers be obligated to pay their employees the minimum hourly income necessary for a worker to meet basic needs? This lesson will explore this hotly debated issue from both the angle of Jewish law, as well as from the perspective of “going beyond the letter of the law”–a central pillar of Jewish business ethics.
Morally Bankrupt? The Ethics of Debt Discharge In times of old, when a debtor was not able to repay his debts, he was sold as a slave or thrown into prison. Today, we have bankruptcy laws that protect individuals from this fate. But is it ethical to borrow without repaying? If someone earns the money later in life, should they be obligated to repay their settled debts? This lesson explores the Jewish legal perspective on bankruptcy, emphasizing how we can incorporate secular local laws and customs into Jewish law.
State of the Union: The Right to Organize, to Bargain Collectively, and to Strike The controversy over union rights is recurrently strewn across U.S. headlines. What does Jewish law have to say about whether workers should have the right to unionize and bargain collectively? And does it matter whether they are public- or private-sector employees? Should the right to strike be granted, despite the harm it can cause to society? Does the type of industry make a difference? This lesson will present the Talmud’s enlightening spin on unionization, collective bargaining, and strikes.
Fabulously Wealthy or Filthy Rich? The Ethics of CEO Compensation In the recent economic downturn, much fury has arisen from reports that CEOs of Americas biggest companies take grand bonuses and huge salaries. Is it morally wrong to seek extravagance? Are those who criticize their good fortune just jealous, or is their disgust valid? This lesson will discuss some of the moral problems related to CEO compensation, including some conflicts of interest.
Buyer Aware: Another Side to Business Ethics Let’s be honest: who isn’t looking for a bargain? On the other hand, how often do we question the ethics of our deal-seeking? Can we move to more expensive vacant seats at a ball-game? Is there anything wrong with engaging a sales person with questions about a product when we have little or no intention of buying it there? This eye-opening lesson addresses various scenarios relating to the average market purchase that most of us face daily.



Opening reception: Tuesday October 18, 7:00 to 9:00pm
On view October 12th – November 12th
Open bar – Free and open to the public
Maor Gallery- 3030 NE 2nd Ave. Miami

Maor Miami is delighted to present Four Species, an exhibition using the work of four artists to explore the rituals of the ancient Jewish harvest festival, Sukkot. Four Species refers to the four varieties of flora synonymous with the human spine (the palm branch ‘Lulav’), eye (myrtle, ‘Hadass’), mouth (willow, ‘Aravah’) and heart (citron fruit ‘Etrog’), held together to symbolize the unity of body, spirit, scripture and memory. The continuous cycles of life and death, the nature of impermanence and migration, and how the practice of making art as an intellectual and contemplative pursuit which may somehow stall or pause the inevitable movement of organic decay are all traced through seamless dialogue between the artists’ works.

The observance of Sukkot is derived from the book of Leviticus, in which the Jewish people were commanded to ‘live in booths for seven days…so that you will know, for all generations, that I had the Children of Israel dwell in Sukkot when I took them out of the Land of Egypt…’ (Leviticus 23:42-43). The Sukkah is erected each year during the harvest period as reminder of the shelter and comfort provided by divine intervention from the perils of the Judean desert; to be treated as a home versus a temporary living space. Every custom and the artifacts associated therein dictates their composition must be of organic matter: the Sukkah’s roof, the ceremonial plants, the gains of the harvest and the inhabitants, themselves. The works in Four Species prominently feature both direct and indirect aesthetic citations to the volatility of organic matter, yet capably highlight the triumph of natural and human life beyond its presence in the physical world.

Loriel Beltran, Catalina Jaramillo, Joe Segal and Shelter Serra’s work manifest the essence of the religious celebration towards a broader audience: a unique consideration within the Sukkah, itself and moving indoors to the gallery space. A repurposed wooden wall acts as part of the Sukkah’s physical structure, a resin cast of the actual Four Species, two highly finished aluminum-implanted wooden beams hung side by side, and a meditative performance will act as visual suggestions. This exhibition invites the public to experience quiet, but critical engagement.

Four Species is curated by Jon Feinstein (Co-Founder and Curatorial Director of the Humble Arts Foundation, New York) and Shana Beth Mason (Miami-based art consultant and critic) for Maor Miami, a non-profit exhibition space which encourages spiritual exploration and growth through creative expression, comprised of three key principles: Art, Light and Soul. As part of a series of events for Sukkot starting October 12th, Four Species will open with a special reception on the evening of October 18th at 7pm. The exhibition will run until November 12th. Complimentary cocktails are provided to exhibition patrons/viewers.

A taste of Shabbat


Enjoy “A Taste of Shabbat” at Maor Gallery, just a block from Midtown’s Art Miami Pavilion. Savor traditional Shabbat dishes and a serene Shabbat spirit as you experience Maor’s ON THE EDGE OF LIGHT exhibition. “A Taste of Shabbat” is free and open to the public. Hors d’orves and beverages will be served.

Friday 12/02, 5pm – 7pm