The Jewish Artists Collective of Chicago, founded in 2016, is a community of multidisciplinary artists “joined by a common mission of creating contemporary, engaging, and thoughtful work that reflects Jewish themes and values.” Out of the Narrows was born out of the desire to connect the themes of Passover with the realities of celebrating the holiday during the COVID pandemic. The Haggadah includes full-color images and thoughtful personal reflections on the artists’ pieces. The pieces are paired with the themes of the rituals and readings of an adapted and abbreviated — but mainly original — text. The Haggadah’s layout is beautifully crafted, as one might expect from a book designed by artists. Out of the Narrows is a visual feast, and is appropriate for adult audiences comfortable with drawing their own discussion from the themes found in the Seder and the accompanying art.
This is part of the Passover 5781/2021 Haggadah Roundup.
Jonathan Fass is the Managing Director of Educational Technology and Strategy at The Jewish Education Project of New York.