Artists to explore identity, spirituality

Artists to explore identity, spirituality

Jewish artists and artistic collaborators Kendell Pinkney, Rebecca S’manga Frank, and Avi Amon will present and discuss “Not All At Once,” their seven-minute audio monologue exploring questions of identity, memory, humanity, Blackness, and Jewish spirituality, on Zoom on Monday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. The free program is sponsored by the sisterhoods of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell in Congregation Beth El in South Orange, Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, and the Pine Brook Jewish Center in Montville. The sisterhoods support Torah Fund, which furthers the education of future leaders of the Conservative/Masorti movement.

Mr. Pinkney is a theater producer and the founding artistic director of the Workshop, a fellowship for JOCISM (Jews of Color, Indigenous Jews, Sephardi, and Mizrahi) artists who create art at the intersection of race, religious identity, and sacred text. A JTS rabbinical student, his collaborative works have been presented at prominent New York City venues and at the Two River Theater in Red Bank.

Ms. Frank, an actor, writer, filmmaker, educator, and activist, most recently performed in Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and in Fox’s “Prodigal Son.” Her work has been presented at JTS and many other theatrical, academic, and religious institutions. She is a 2021 fellow at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture fellow and New Jewish Culture.

Mr. Amon, a Turkish-American composer, sound artist, and educator, has won a Jonathan Larson grant and a New Music USA, a Dramatists Guild fellow, and has frequently been an artist in residence. He teaches at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is resident composer at the 52nd Street Project.

To register, go to or call (973) 226-3600.

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