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New York, NY (January 11, 2005) - Yeshiva University Museum Presents Manhattan Mincha Map by Jaime Permuth from January 30 - June 19, 2005 and Having Trouble To Pray by Moico Yaker from February 6 - May 1, 2005.

The difficulty experienced by many while praying is the subject of two new exhibitions opening at the Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16th Street, at the Center for Jewish History. Both featuring artists from Latin America. Moico Yaker, a Peruvian born artist, deals with the subject in drawings and paintings that visually convey the theme he calls “Having Trouble to Pray”, February 6 - May 1, 2005. In “Manhattan Mincha Map” January 30 - June 19, 2005, Jaime Permuth, a documentary photographer from Guatemala, tackles the subject of prayer from another perspective: he followed the “Manhattan Mincha Map” a geographic listing of the locations in downtown New York where Jewish men congregate to recite the afternoon prayer. While Yaker's work illustrates his personal struggle to express meaning through formalized ritual, Permuth has documented the often-ingenious solutions to praying with a minyan (a quorum of ten) during the course of a busy workday.

Both exhibits provide the impetus for two panel discussions to be held in the Leo & Julia Forchheimer Auditorium at the Center for Jewish History. The first, Having Trouble to Pray, Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 7:00 pm, presents two prominent scholars, Professor Alan Brill, Yeshiva University and Rabbi Avi Weiss, senior rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale and dean of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, who will offer intellectual and spiritual insights into the subject of prayer, while writer Erica Schacter Schwartz will elaborate on her recent article “Struggling with Prayer” published in The Jewish Week. Both artists, Yaker and Permuth, will explain what led them to the realm of prayer. The second panel, Latin American Art and Identity, Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm will be moderated by Julian Zugazagoitia, director, El Museo del Barrio, with participants Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College, Rabbi Marcello Bronstein, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun and Julia P. Herzberg, art historian and independent curator.

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