Sharing the Miracle: Storytelling in our Immigrant City


THURSDAY | 12/14 | 6-8PM | FREE

ON VIEW: DECEMBER 11, 2017 – FEBRUARY 9, 2018

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT | Sharing the Miracle: Storytelling in our Immigrant City, is the culminating exhibit of portraits and stories by photographer James Maher that illustrate our community members’ immigrant journeys. Within this space, we are celebrating the stories, struggles, successes, and life perspectives of twenty five people whose lives have been touched by immigration. These stories are of the neighbors, staff, volunteers, and family of the Education Alliance and the Manny Cantor Center.      

ABOUT THE HAGGADAH PROJECT  | Haggadah: Storytelling in our Immigrant City is Manny Cantor Center’s newest program to celebrate the diversity of our city and our pride in the community of the Lower East Side.  Artist James Maher interviewed 25 immigrants from the Lower East Side, many of whom are members of the Manny Cantor Community. Most of these interviews were done during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot inside a Sukkah decorated by the Early Childhood programs at MCC. Within these safe walls, intimate stories were told and were later celebrated in an event called “A Story Booth Sukkot,”.  This event brought families of all backgrounds and faiths to share the stories of how they or their relatives came to this country.

Using the portraits and oral histories that the photographer created, as well as the comics from New York Magazine’s Golden Door project, we will create a Haggadah, which will tell the stories of New Yorkers’ journeys to freedom. During Passover, this Haggadah will help guide the Manny Cantor Center’s Freedom Seder. During this celebration, participants will share their stories in an effort to deepen our connectedness across our differences and create the rituals that celebrate our freedom.


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