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P.O.P. – Pandemic Omer Project

The ritual period of “counting the Omer” from Passover to Shavuot is an important opportunity for reflection and spiritual growth. This year, we, along with TC Jewfolk’s JCreate community invite you to develop a creative practice around this ancient Jewish tradition.

Seven Jewish artists and creatives will introduce a theme for each week and provide daily prompts for you to use as imaginative jumping-off points during this sacred time. Look out for the prompts on social media at sundown on Sundays, then use #POP5781 to share daily or select responses with the community.

For more information, contact: Robyn Awend at robyna@minnesotajcc.org.

 

Week 1

David Sherman

David Sherman is a Minneapolis based, portrait, sports and editorial photographer. A professional photographer since 1992, David services as the NBA Team Photographer for professional basketball teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx and House Photographer for Target Center. In 2010, he established Transfer of Memory, a touring exhibition of portraits and accompanying stories of Minnesota’s Holocaust Survivors. Published internationally, David is highly regarded by professional practices, businesses and publications for his professionalism, his artist’s eye and ability to masterfully draw out the true emotion and energy behind his subjects.

 

WEEK 1 PROMPTS:

Sunday (Today is day one of the Omer)
Connecting to People – take a phone picture of an old photograph of you and someone else – preferably someone you haven’t been in touch with for some time. Text or e-mail the picture to whomever is in the photograph with you. Print the photo and tape to your refrigerator and/or post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Monday (Today is day two of the Omer)
Connecting to Nature – take a walk outside – take at least 3 phone photos of things in nature you see. Print one or all of the photos and tape to your refrigerator and/or post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Tuesday (Today is day three of the Omer)
Connecting to Time – sit on a bench outside or next to an open window at home for at least 15 minutes – take a selfie showing the view you experienced. Print the photo and tape to your refrigerator and/or post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Wednesday (Today is day four of the Omer)
Connecting via Kindness to People – gather unused household items, clothing or food. Take a phone photo of what you have collected. Donate the items to charity or food bank of choice. Print the photo and tape to your refrigerator and/or post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Thursday (Today is day five of the Omer)
Connecting via Kindness to Nature – take a walk in a nature area or your neighborhood – pick up any trash with you see – take a phone photo of what you have collected. Dispose of trash, print the photo and tape to your refrigerator and/or post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Friday (Today is day six of the Omer)
Connecting via Kindness to Time – ask friends and acquaintances if they have Shabbat candles to light. Set up a Facetime or Zoom with them so you can light candles, say Kiddush and HaMotzi together. Take a screenshot, print the photo and tape to your refrigerator and/or post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Saturday (Today is day seven of the Omer)
Connecting to the Omer – take the photographs from your refrigerator – cut out elements and make a collage of all the Omer counting activities of the week. Place collage on the refrigerator. If posting on Facebook/Instagram, make a story and/or a carousel with the photos you created this week using the tag #POP5781.

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Week 2

Efrat Cohen

Efrat (Effie) Cohen is a business system analyst, a professional pianist, an artist, a social psychology enthusiast, and a wellness advocate, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota by way of Israel. She has been playing the piano since she was 7 years old and has always been fascinated by the beauty of our sky. She recently discovered her writing talent and is looking forward to enjoying that as well. In 2010, he established Transfer of Memory, a touring exhibition of portraits and accompanying stories of Minnesota’s Holocaust Survivors. Published internationally, David is highly regarded by professional practices, businesses and publications for his professionalism, 

 

WEEK 2 PROMPTS:

Sunday (Today is day eight—one week and one day—of the Omer)
Close your eyes and think for a few minutes about one trait you appreciate and like in yourself. While you do that, try to feel this wonderful trait in your body, let it expand, and fill your heart. Can you feel how fortunate you are to hold this trait? Write the trait on a sticky note and put it on a mirror in your home where you’ll see it. (Optionally) take a photo of yourself with your trait and post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Monday (Today is day nine—one week and two days—of the Omer)
Today, look at the sky for a few minutes and notice everything it has to offer you. When you’re done, write down what you saw and the emotions it brought within you. Prop or tape what you wrote in a window. (Optionally) take a photo of your notes in the window and post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Tuesday (Today is day ten—one week and three days—of the Omer)
Have you ever noticed what makes you want to wear certain clothes over others? When you picked your clothes this morning (or yesterday), what made you choose their color or shape? Do you feel more comfortable/confident/happy/shy etc., with certain items or colors? Find a family member or a friend to share this with and ask them the same questions. Finally, write down one emotion you enjoy feeling and pin it to a piece of clothing that helps you feel that emotion. (Optionally) take a photo of the garment and post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Wednesday (Today is day eleven—one week and four days—of the Omer)
Write down 8 things you feel fortunate to have in your life right now, that bring you joy, peace of mind, or a smile. (Optionally) post about one or more of those things to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Thursday (Today is day twelve—one week and five days—of the Omer)
Take a short walk (or do this at home if needed). Notice everything around you, especially things you don’t usually pay attention to. Try to notice the colors and pick two you really like. Write down anything you noticed including the two colors, and for each observation, describe the feelings it brought up within you. Share your experience with someone you feel comfortable with and/or take a few photos of what you notice and post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Friday (Today is day thirteen—one week and six days—of the Omer)
Think about your values in life: what’s important to you and what guides you. Write down your five most important values and notice how you think and behave through them during your day. (Optionally) post about one or more of your values to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.

Saturday (Today is day fourteen—two weeks—of the Omer)
If you were to be an animal (any animal we know of on our planet), who would you be, and why? Write this down and share it with someone you love. (Optionally) search for a photo you like of this animal and post to Facebook/Instagram with the tag #POP5781.