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6 Southeastern Virginia Jewish News Octob,:, .0, 1998 In honor of parents: Reba and Sam Sheri Sandier collection of Italian glass at Chrysler ... the Exhibition contains colorful objects dating from the 1920s through the 1980s, a period of significant creativity in Italian glass that in some respects prefigured the American studio glass movement. Last year the Chrysler Museum was the recipient of a handsome gift of modem Italian glass from Norfolk native Sheri Sandier. A knowledgeable collector and museum professional with an eye for the whimsical and lightheart- ed, Ms. Sandler has amassed an enviable body of glass, both beau- tiful and fun. In celebration of this significant addition to the Chrysler's collection, The Sheri Sandier Collection of 20th-Centu- ry Italian Glass opened to the pub- lic on July 14, and will continue through May 30, 1999. Curated by the Chrysler's Gary E. Baker, the Exhibition contains colorful objects dating from the 1920s through the 1980s, a period of significant creativity in Italian glass that in some respects pre-fig- ured the American studio glass movement. As noted by Catherine Dorsey of PortFolio Weekly: "The exhibit appeals to the entire family, a fact evidenced by the overwhelming number of children having fun in the gallery the day I stopped by. They outnumbered the adults more than three to one, sketching the lunimous candy-colored fish displayed aquarium-style in an acrylic shadowbox and talking in whisperes about the whimsical figurines..." The Sandler Collection is strongest in the art deco style and glass from the 1950s. Venini & C. is best represented, but other sig- nificant makers in the show include: Barovier & Toso. Arte Vetraria Muranse (A.VE.M.), Cenedese, Salviati, Fratelli Toso, and Zecchin Martinuzzi. Design- ers represented include: Napoleone Martinuzzi, Fulvio Bianconi. Gio Ponti. Ken Scott and Jamie Carpenter. All of the objects in this Exhi- bition are either recent gifts from Ms. Sandier to the Chrysler or on loan as promised gifts made in honor and loving memory of her parents, Reba and Sam Sandier. Great friends of the Museum, the peerless community spirit and generosity of Reba and Sam San- dler will live on at the Chrysler and be distinguished and illumi- nated by The Sheri Sandier Col- lection of 20th-Century Italian Glass. Those wishing more informa- tion or images may contact Public Relations at (757) 664-6295 Designed by Fulvio Bianconi (Venini, Venice, Italy) Pulcinela [left] andArlecchino [right], ca. 1948. Blown glass, H 15 1/4" and H 16 1/8" Gift of Sheri Sandier in Memory of her parents Sam and Reba San- dler. 97.42.65 and 97.42.72 Photographs The Designed by Toso & Barovier (Venini, Venice, Italy) Woman Car- rying a Shrimp, 1930s. Blown glass, H 13 1/2" Gift of Sheri Sandier in Memory of her parents Sam and Reba San- dler. 97.42.9 Chrysler Museum Atonement and repentance CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 Some of us will not let go of the past, will not let go of the sin, will not let go of the hurt. But I am not here today to sit in judgment of this President. The President will have his own Cheshbon ha Wefesh -- his own Day of Judgment, just as we will, each of us, have our own Chesh- bon ha'Nefesh. What we are here for is to explore and determine what it means to forgive -- and why we should, why we MUST learn this most elusive of talents. Why should we ask forgive- ness? We see everyday the destruction that comes from refusing to acknowledge our wrong doings. We see every day the devastation that comes from withholding forgiveness. It is certainly no overstatement to say that this country and its govern- ment are torn apart by what's happening in Washington. When there is no apology, and there is no forgiveness, we never reach reconciliation. This isn't just happening in Washington with no relevance to our own lives. What we're seeing in our nation's capital today is happening to each and every one of us, in one respect or another, in our own day to day interaction with each other. And not just because we may have incidents in our pasts we'd like to eradi- cate from all human memory. That' s a given, if we're honest with ourselves. It's rather because we are afraid. Afraid to ask forgiveness because it makes us vulnerable, afraid to grant forgiveness because it means relinquishing control. We are vulnerable when we have to say, "Yes, I did wrong. I have sinned, I have transgressed. I have hurt anoth- er." And yes, even sometimes we have to say, "And I have not been honest about it." Vulnerable is not a comfortable way to feel -- it makes us feel stripped of all our pretenses, all our armor, all our protection. It forces us to trust one another, and that's frightening. But I don't know another way to approach Yom Kippur in honesty. I don't know another way to recite the A1 Chet prayer, without acknowledging, and accepting, and laying bare our own vulnerability. But even more exposing than asking forgiveness, is the fear of forgiving another. The fear that, if we grant our limited absolution to those who have wronged us, we will somehow lose the con- trol we have over them. Consider this: if we have been wronged, WE are the one with the power to forgive, or to withhold for- giveness. That power is far more L: !i! ..... Computer Classes in Plain English Non-technical User Friendly Small Class Size New classes at the JCC Computer Lab begin the week of November 11. Sign up early, 6 people max in each class. 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That atoning must be done by us, each individually, each at his or her own Cheshbon ha'Nefesh, at his or her own level of self-judg- ment. This atoning is the oppor- tunity given each of us at Yom Kippur. But it is not covered by a blanket prayer spoken aloud in a sanctuary full of friends and neighbors, any more than our President can heal the harm he caused merely with a national televised address. He must -- We must -- seek out those we have harmed and give them the oppor- tunity to hear our pleas. We must make atonement a personal mat- ter. And, when approached for forgiveness, we must strive to forgive -- to heal. And the cost to us if we don't heed the message of Yom Kip- pur? "Why should we ask for- giveness? Why should we extend forgiveness?" What is the cost if we do not do these things? The cost can be great indeed. It can mean loss of trust; it can mean loss of privilege; it can mean a loss of prestige, loss of a good name -- our reputation. But consider another, even greater cost, a cost so dear none of us would pay it. This is the cost of our partnership with God. We are partners with God in the ongoing work of Creation. Who among us would willingly relin- quish that honor merely to hold on to power, merely to maintain control, merely to hold on to past hurts? As partners with God in the ongoing work of creation, we have the obligation -- and the opportunity -- to forgive and to be forgiven. We're taught in the book of Leviticus that we should render our judgment of others based not on self-righteousness, but on an attempt to understand the motivations and hurts in the soul of another. Just as only God can demand of us a full account- ing of our faults and flaws, nei- ther should we exact from others the full penalty of their short- comings. Our God is a forgiving God, whose forgiving nature we must learn to emulate if we are to be effective partners in the ongo- ing work of creation -- effective partners in the repairing and healing of the world. If we withhold forgiveness and concentrate on the sin rather than on the contrition, we deprive ourselves of the chance to do God's work. If we look too much at the wrong and not enough at the wrongdoer, we miss the point of Yom Kippur. We must take the opportunities we are presented to apologize and to accept apology. We must take the opportunity to atone and to acknowledge the atone- ment of others. We certainly must take the opportunity to ask for -- and to grant -- forgive- ness. And we must leave judging and judgment t o God. , .