Hanoch Piven’s creativity spread through Tidewater

by | Nov 5, 2018 | Uncategorized

Israel Today’s first ever artist-in-residence, Hanoch Piven, took Tidewater by storm with more than 40 events over his two-week visit, engaging more than 1,500 people from both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

Piven held workshops at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s annual Super Sunday, for leaders of local synagogue and Jewish agencies, at schools including Birdneck Elementary, Granby High School, Cape Henry Collegiate, and Norfolk State University, and for after school programs at ForKids and the
William A. Hunton YMCA.

Following a workshop with Old Dominion University’s Genocide Studies Class, Professor Amy Milligan said, “I was really touched by how committed my students were to the process and how vulnerable they were with their art. Moreover, I’m profoundly grateful that the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater afforded them this opportunity. For many of my students, this is the first and perhaps only time they’ll have access to this type of learning and art.”

Piven’s two week-long visit was a first for UJFT’s Community Relations Council and Simon Family
JCC’s Israel Today program, a year-long offering of scholarly and cultural events celebrating Israel,
its people, their stories, and the Jewish community’s shared future. The residency was made possible
through the support of numerous community partners.

For more information on upcoming Israel Today events, visit jewishva.org/IsraelToday.

Jack Trompeter and Arbel Horev with their portraits made at Super Sunday’s Family Workshop.


ForKids workshop.


Ohef Sholom Temple’s Confirmation Class with their self-portraits.


Patricia Ashkenazi, Wendy Konikoff, Helene Grablosky, Susan Hirschbiel, Leslie Siegel, Betsy Karotkin, Honey Maizel, and Stephanie Calliot.


YAD Cabinet members Joe and Jessica Ruthenberg.