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 Debbie Rosenfeld


Heidi Sussman 

The Jewish Museum of New Jersey presents, The Jews of Cuba: "A Photographic Portrait," featuring Brooklyn native Debbie Rosenfeld and West Orange based photographer Heidi Sussman.  

Debbie Rosenfeld, travelled to Cuba in 2008 as part of a cultural exchange mission organized by her synagogue in Columbus Ohio. In Cuba, she encountered a vibrant community of Cuban Jews.  She was invited into their homes to take a series of photographs that reflect the day to day conditions of their lives as well as the rituals and sacred objects that define and distinguish them from their non-Jewish neighbors. Prior to coming to the Jewish Museum of New Jersey, these photographs were displayed at the Ann Frank Center in New York City.  Her work has also appeared at several galleries and museum spaces in Columbus Ohio and its environs.

Heidi Sussman studied photography at Emerson College in Boston and continued her post-graduate studies at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico. She travelled to Cuba in October 2012 as part of a humanitarian mission from Temple Sharey Tefilo in South Orange, NJ. Her photographs in the present exhibit are focused on the synagogues and Jewish cemeteries of Havana, reflecting the themes of remembrance and survival. In addition to her work as a photographer Ms. Sussman works in several media, including painting and photo encaustics. Prior to exhibiting at the Jewish Museum of New Jersey, her work has been exhibited at several galleries including the Atrium Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Center of Sussex County Community College, the Brennan Gallery in Jersey City, and the Maplewood 1978 Arts Center.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the following programs will be offered:

Sunday, April 27th, 12 p.m. - Opening Reception and Lecture -"The Jews of Cuba" with Dr. Jonathan Golden-Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director for the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict at Drew University

Sunday, May 4th - Film Screening and Discussion-"Jubanos" by Milos Silber, independent filmmaker.

Sunday June 1st - Film Screening and Discussion -"Adio Kerida"-chronicling Anthropologist Ruth Behar's search for her Sephardic roots in Cuba.

Sunday, June 8th - Closing reception with Ladino poetry, music and dance.

The Jewish Museum of New Jersey is located at historic Congregation Ahavas Sholom, 145 Broadway, Newark. Free off-street parking. Suggested donation is $10 or contribution of personal hygiene supplies for women or men to be delivered to Cuba. 

For more information about the exhibition or the programs, see our website To RSVP for the opening reception, contact Max Herman at (973) 698-8489.