A new art exhibit is celebrating the history of modern Jerusalem and the many immigrant refugees that helped build the city. The exhibit is based on the acclaimed book From the Four Winds by Rabbi Haim Sabato. The novel details life in Israel in the 1950s in a transit camp. Israeli artist Yosi Arish has created 30 pieces that complement the novel and highlight "the Shoah in the eyes of an immigrant from Egypt in the immigrant neighborhood of Beit Mazmil," according to press information.
One such piece is entitled "Tambourines and Stars of David." Another is called "The Sabra Cactus Didn't Harm the Sabras of Beit Mazmil."
Beit Mazmil is today the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiriyat Yovel. In the late 1940s and early 1950s the neighborhood took in a large number of Jewish refugees from the Holocaust and well as a large number of Jewish refugees from Middle Eastern countries. The neighborhood at the time was used as a transit camp and consisted of tents and later public housing projects.
The exhibit is being shown at Heichal Shlomo on King George Street in Jerusalem and will be on display until February 1st. The Heichal Shlomo art galley is open from 8am to 8pm daily and from 8am to noon Fridays.