Contrary to the familiar saying ‘when the cannons are roaring, the muses are silent,’ a festive cultural event took place at the Anglican Christ Church complex in Jerusalem’s Old City, also known as the Immanuel compound. Thursday, February 24, 2022, the same day that Russia brutally invaded Ukraine, the opening evening of a new exhibition on Messianic Jewish History took place in this site.
Prior to the beginning of the formal program, I interviewed Idan Pinhas and Iris Asseo, local members of the team that planned and arranged the exhibition. They kindly shared their experience about how to condense a history of two millennia into 6 panels of about 2 square meters each.
A Challenging Project
The entire team that concerted the new exhibition also included Rafi Hannukah from Jerusalem and Nina Gregulia, a knowledgeable Ukrainian volunteer who masters several languages and now is back in her homeland. Although untutored as museum-curators and being unprofessional historians, the team fearlessly, yet humbly plunged into the ocean of considerable literature...
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