Over 50 people gathered in the Rissman Kol Ami Museum gallery to celebrate the new exhibit Of the Body, In the Body: Torah and Art. The art in this exhibit resulted from an Artists Beit Midrash, a course of text study and art discussion at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, with support from the Gertrude Lederman Family Continuing Education program. The class was co-taught by Judith Joseph and Dr. Jane Shapiro. Using sacred text study as a stepping-off point, the Beit Midrash participants studied ideas about the human body in the Bible, and viewed and discussed work by contemporary artists who explore similar concepts. They then went on to create their own works, inspired by and in response to the course discussions. The result is an exhibit in which sixteen artists express their connection with Judaism through paintings, prints, collage, new media, ceramic art, sculpture, fiber art, and poetry. Participating artists are: Adrienne Aaronson, Lois Baer Barr, Susan Dickman, Sylvia Dresser, Nessia Frank, Suzanne Horwitz, Dorit Jordan Dotan, Judith Joseph, Rose Kostan-Schwartz, Ruti Modlin, Barbara Shapiro, Marla Snyder, Judy Solomon, Sandy Starkman and Laura Hodes Zacks. The exhibit will be on display through January 6.