Out of the Narrows:  The Artists' Haggadah
A Visual Midrash


Susan Dickman (Editor and Writer), Berit Engen (Content Curator and Editor),

Carol Neiger (Designer and Project Coordinator)

Featuring artwork by all 11 members of the Jewish Artists’ Collective Chicago

 

How to order the Haggadah
Out of the Narrows can be purchased at two price points:


Heavier paper at Blurb for $61.68 Blurb offers volume discounts! Discounts are calculated at checkout. 30% off (10-19 copies) 40% off (20+) copies.


Economy version (lighter paper) at Barnes & Noble for $28.44


ORDER immediately to get your Haggadot in time for Passover! Both Blurb and Barnes & Noble have longer delivery times because of the impact of COVID-19.

About the Book

Why is this Haggadah different from all other Haggadahs?


Out of the Narrows: The Artists' Haggadah views Passover visually through the lens of issues plaguing the contemporary world. The Haggadah includes the steps of the Seder with its rituals and liturgy in Hebrew, English, and transliteration, with art as commentary. Evocatively illuminated throughout with original artwork and thoughtful reflections, Out of the Narrows is a visually and thematically engaging addition to the genre. Jonathan Fass of The Jewish Book Council describes Out of the Narrows as “a visual feast ...”born out of the desire to connect the themes of Passover with the realities of celebrating the holiday dur­ing the COVID pandemic” as well as “beautifully crafted.” (JBC, March 10, 2021) Out of the Narrows features artwork by members of the Jewish Artist Collective Chicago (JACC), a community of multidisciplinary artists connected through common heritage and committed to sharing ideas, enriching practices, and creating dialogue with community.

Out of the Narrows: The Artists’ Haggadah was created during the modern plague of our time, Covid-19, as members of an arts collective began considering how to celebrate Passover, the holiday of freedom, in isolation. The Haggadah text requires us to ask questions. But the year that the world was undone by a virus, we asked even more. What does it mean to celebrate Passover in a pandemic? As artists, our job is to witness, comment, and create. How does art help make sense of the Passover story? How do its elements reflect on the plagues of disease, death, and injustice that still exist? How do we praise God when the world is broken and millions continue to suffer? In the narrow and constricting place, the world had begun to feel like under the weight of Covid-19, the idea of a Haggadah for our time began to take shape. What emerged is a text rich in meaning and beauty, one that engages readers of all ages visually and thematically and will evoke at this year’s Seder and for years to come.


Artists:  Susan Dickman, Dorit Jordan Dotan, Berit Engen, Jonathan Franklin, Alan Hobscheid, Ellen Holtzblatt, Judith Joseph, Carol Neiger, Amy Reichert, Beth Shadur, Jane Weintraub