Join Irene Shaland, an internationally-published travel writer and author of several books for a captivating journey through 500 years of Jewish history in Brazil. Encounter little-known stories of Brazil discovery in the 15thcentury’s context of a twisted world of politics, deceptions, and intrigues. Learn about the key role the Crypto-Jews played in this country’s exploration and development. Find out why Anna Novinsky, a renowned expert in Jewish history residing in Sao Paolo, claimed that “Brazil was built by the Jews!”
Journey from the 15thto the 21stcentury of Brazilian history and visit Salvador Bahia, Manaus, the Amazon, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, and the Iguassu Falls to uncover fascinating Jewish narratives of this unique country and to meet the Brazilian Jews who dwell in its cities and in the jungle.
Reservations Required: Call 216.831.4282 to register.
Orange Library Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library: 31975 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124
Cuyahoga County Public Library — Orange Branch — PRESENTS Irene Shaland’s Lecture
An Island within an Island: In Search of a Jewish Story through 500 Years of Cuban History
Thursday March 7th2019 7:00 PM
Lecture is FREE, but advance registration is recommended. Call 216.832.4282 to register.
The Cuban Jewish storyreflects a struggle for survival through assimilation and acculturation. It is also based on a narrative depicting not a single community but rather a mosaic of several communities that varied greatly in their languages and cultures, and which was built by five distinctly different waves of Crypto-Jewish and Jewish immigrants.
The contemporary Cuban Jewish narrativedepicts a fascinating trajectory. First, a descent from vibrancy and prosperity to almost oblivion after the mass exodus of the 1960s and direct efforts to destroy the Jewishness during the years of revolutionary atheism. Then, a recent phenomenon: a sudden ascent to becoming a Celebrity of Tropical Diaspora, turning into, arguably, the most visited and photographed of the world’s Jewish communities.
The extraordinary characteristic of the Jewish experience in Cuba one finds todayisthe fundamental sense of community that survived an almost complete dissolution after Castro’s revolution, followed by decades of a totalitarian regime with its poverty, deprivation, and strong anti-Israeli attitudes.
Take a journey with internationally published art and travel writer Irene Shaland to rediscover this unique island and to learn how Cuba is finding its way back to the future.
Orange Library Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
It is highly advisable to go, if possible, to a facility that uses the same system where your doctors are and where your records stored. Then, the system, such as for example EPIC, will show the information that you might not remember. Travel Clinics “live” within Infectious Diseases Departments. So, if you do not see travel clinic listed as a separate entity, call Infectious Diseases.
However, you are right: it is good to be prepared. They might not know that you are not up-to-date on Tetanus for example but you do need it.
Prescriptions for Malarone (if you are going to the jungle area) and for a broad action antibiotic.
If Brazil is in your travel plans, you might find this information helpful. Alex and I are going to Brazil in November of this year, so we decided to get our medical preparations out of the way and went to a local Travel Clinic.
We are up-to-date with all requirements: no shots, since all are up-to-date; but we needed two prescriptions for malaria pills (Malarone) and broad action antibiotics. The last one I always take with me no matter where we are going. It is based on Cipro and is a perfect help with anything, be that UTI or diarrhea.
The cost of the visit itself was $53.00 per person. Antibiotic is $6.05; Malarone, 24 pills (start on the 19th, continue while in the jungle area and a week after your return from the Amazon) – is $109.21.
Suggestion: go to the discounted pharmacy like Walmart or something. CVS is almost 25-30% more expensive.
If you do not have Tetanus – you need to do that anyway, no matter where you are going or even not going.
You absolutely need Yellow Fever shots (required and lasts life-time) and – most probably – Typhoid vaccine capsules (advisable and lasts 5 years).
IMPORTANT: Since Yellow Fever shots are in limited availability, do not delay your Travel Clinic visit.
You might not be allowed to enter the country without their certificate.
“Architecture embraces the whole form-world of man’s physical accommodations, from the intimacy of his room to the comprehensive labyrinth of the large metropolis.” Eliel Saarinen.
We found out about the Cranbrook Art Academy and the Saarinen House by pure chance: our architecture-buff friend mentioned it when we talked about my upcoming presentation at the Detroit Public Library. We immediately decided to schedule a private tour of the House. And what a great discovery it was!
The story behind the academy
Cranbrook Academy of Art, called “the cradle of American modernism,” is a small, highly-selective graduate school that since 1930s has been influencing the fine arts, architecture, and design on international scale. Located on the 300-plus-acre estate in Bloomfield, an affluent suburb of Detroit, Michigan, the academy is at the heart of the Cranbrook Educational Community, which is often described as “one of the most enchanted architectural settings in America.” The idea of an educational community dedicated to art was a brain child of George Gough Booth, a Detroit multimillionaire, who made his fortune in publishing. We were told that virtually everything published in Detroit was owned by this Midwestern “Citizen Kane.” Booth also knew a thing or two about the arts: inspired by the British Arts and Crafts movement, he closely followed contemporary modernist architects.
Union made in heaven: George Booth meets Eliel Saarinen
Booth first approached Eliel Saarinen, a famous European modernist, in late 1920s, when this Finnish architect was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan. When after World War I, Saarinen decided to leave his home country, Finland, because he could not find any major commissions , Booth invited him to move to Cranbrook and design – just about anything, from landscapes to buildings – to create an educational community. Beautiful Cranbrook hills and meadows became a canvas for the genius architect, on which he created an innovative blend of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Arts and Crafts, and Swedish Modern with his own vision of a universal beauty, where man and nature united. The Cranbrook School for Boys was completed in 1928, Kingswood School (for girls) in 1931, and the Cranbrook Art Museum and Library building in 1942. Eliel Saarinen became the first President of the newly-established Art Academy, where both he and his wife, a textile artist Loja Saarinen, taught. Every architectural and decorative detail outside and inside the buildings – chest of drawers and closets, beds and bedcovers – were designed by the Saarinens.
The landscape gardens and the sculptures
The park that surrounds the Cranbrook Museum of Art, also designed by Saarinen, is a complete work of art on its own. Comprising reflecting pools, ponds, walking trails, herb gardens, and a superb collection of outdoor sculptures, the garden is considered one of the twenty five “most amazing sculpture gardens” in the world. Approaching the Art Museum building from the parking lot, we were drawn to the giant Orpheus Fountain designed by the renowned Swedish artist Carl Milles. Familiar with his famous works in Stockholm, we immediately recognized his style. Milles served as a Chairman of the Sculpture Department at the Academy until Saarinen’s death in 1950. His sculptures are spread out throughout the gardens and around the Museum.
Just like our Cleveland Museum of Art has Rodin’s Thinker in front of the building, the Cranbrook Museum also features its own Thinker by Marshall Fredericks: …a monkey, whose back is strangely human, is gazing at the sky, seemingly immersed in deep thought.
Experiencing the gardens is a personal journey: you have to take a leisurely walk-through to truly understand the Saarinen’s unique way of uniting architecture, nature, and art. For us, walking in these gardens was a process of endless discovery: new vistas and angles, one after another, revealed the unity and coherence of the initial design. One of the most remarkable masterworks of the 1920s, the Saarinen’s landscape reflects the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement where man is at one with nature.
Designed in the late 1920s, Eliel Saarinen’s house is a true masterpiece of his unique blend of modernist movements. Until Saarinen’s death in 1950, the house served as his and his wife’s residence and studio. Subsequent presidents of the Academy significantly altered and redecorated the house according to their tastes and needs. In 1977, then-president Roy Slade began a complete restoration effort to return the Saarinen’s house to its original form.
A leading proponent of the latest modernist movements in the United States, Saarinen thought of architecture as a total art where every detail – from silverware to furniture, doorknobs and carpets – is an integral part of the designer’s overall vision. The house represents a collaboration of the entire family: Loja, the textile artist and Chairperson of the Weaving Department at the Academy; daughter Pipsan, an interior and glassware designer; and son Eero, who later became one of the towering figures in the architecture of the 20th century – they all contributed to the magic ambiance of the Saarinen house.
For any history buffs and art-lovers, a visit to Cranbrook is a must. After you tour the park and the House, you might be asking, just like we did: “Why did not we know about this treasure before?”
The information about the Cranbrook Art Museum and Saarinen House could be found at: http://www.cranbrookart.edu/museum/Saarinen-house
39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303. Telephone: 248-645-3324
The House could be seen only on a guided tour. Public tours are offered from May through October. We, however, highly recommend a private tour to those who want to learn more about the architect and American Modernism.