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Sunday, March 19 • 17:00 - 17:45
Self-Loving Jew: Claiming A Contemporary Jewish Identity

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Jonathan Rotsztain's Self-Loving Jew comics assert a contemporary, cultural Jewish identity. The work is a secular reclamation of the self-hating Jew slur. Published on the Koffler Centre of the Arts koffler.digital platform, each short visual essay seeks to briefly explore a topic of religious significance while challenging and embracing the various contradictions of reconciling these practices with secular life. Self-Loving Jew comics are an engaging attempt to establish a new discourse that embraces a Jewish future based in a knowledge and respect for Jewish religious practices while acknowledging an equal place for Jews of all orientations, backgrounds and value considerations. In this Self-Loving Jew workshop, Rotsztain will introduce his series and the comics medium, specifically looking at other Jewish graphic narratives around identity. Following a brief discussion and drawing on Jewish religious and cultural history, Rotsztain will then lead participants of any experience or skill-level through the process of creating their own Self-Loving Jew comics. In coming together to debate and express a multitude of views on ways to adapt Judaism to the challenges of modern life, this workshop will empower participants to articulate their own self-love strategies in easily digestible, highly shareable comic strips.

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Jonathan Rotsztain

Jonathan Rotsztain is an artist, writer and graphic designer based in Toronto and one half of ALLCAPSdesign.com. He recently earned his MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Rotsztain has produced a one-page journal comic DrearyDiary.com, daily since 2013. He is currently collaborating with playwright Michael Rubenfeld on a graphic novel, entitled Motherland, which tells Rubenfeld's autobiographical story of healing Polish-Jewish... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2017 17:00 - 17:45
L3 27th Floor

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