WHEELING, W.Va. - Feb. 28, 2017 - Wheeling Jesuit will host an exhibit by Israeli photographer Erez Kaganovitz entitled Humans of Tel Aviv in the university's Bishop Hodges Library during the month of March.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8 in Hodges Library. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is offered in partnership with Classrooms Without Borders (CWB).
Barb Lewine, program director for CWB-Wheeling, approached WJU with the opportunity to exhibit Humans of Tel Aviv.
"This exhibit reminds us that we need to celebrate our diversity and embrace our common humanity," she explained.
At the opening reception, Brooklyn native, Avi Ben-Hur, will present a lecture and discussion called 'Arab-Israeli Conflict 101.' The talk will provide an understanding of the conflict and its wider global context. Ben-Hur is on the faculty of the University of Haifa Tourism School, is an examiner for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and is the director of Education for Classrooms Without Borders.
Kaganovitz started the Humans of Tel Aviv project in 2012 as a way to show the world the “true face of Israel.” This traveling exhibit of photos is being displayed at colleges and universities across the country.
In the style of projects like Humans of New York, Humans of Tel Aviv functions as a way to relate to people across the globe.
“In a world where we are often being reminded of differences that are meant to divide us, projects like this remind us that we are all human,” said WJU student Rebecca Rodgers, who is assisting with the exhibit.
Beginning in the spring of 2012, the project spanned across different forms of social media collecting and displaying photographs taken in Tel Aviv with captions expressing just a little bit of the experience of the subject matter.
“Within the exhibit, one will find the faces of the melting pot that is Tel Aviv including Ultra-Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Christians, members of the LGBT community, refugees from Africa, and more,” added Rodgers.
The exhibit, which is open to the public, can be seen through March 31 during the Hodges Library regular hours of operation. The exhibit's curator is Classrooms Without Borders.