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Scholar-in-Residence Weekend: Jeanette Kuvin Oren & Dan Oren

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend: Jeanette Kuvin Oren & Dan Oren


February 28, 2020 - March 1, 2020    
12:00 am

Event Type

Art and Genealogy Weekend with Artist, Jeanette Kuvin Oren and Author, Dan Oren: We look forward to hosting this dynamic duo: Jeanette the designer of our Congregation’s Torah covers, and Dan, author of recently published work, The Wedding Photo. 

February 28 – March 1 

Weekend Schedule Below. 

Jeanette Kuvin Oren

A graduate of Princeton and Yale Universities, Jeanette Kuvin Oren completed a masters degree in public healthand most of her PhD in epidemiology before devoting herself full time to Judaic commissioned art. Since 1984, Jeanette has worked with more than 400 synagogues, schools, community centers and camps across the world. She specializes in fiber art, calligraphy, papercutting, and large installations glass, mosaic, metal, and paint. Jeanette makes Torah covers, Ark curtains, Donor Art, Huppot, Ketubot, and Wall hangings. She has studios in Connecticut and Jerusalem. Jeanette and Dan Oren have been married for 35 years. They are parents of two grown daughters, and “Oma” and “Sabba” to two wonderful grandchildren.

Dan Oren

Dan A. Oren, M.D. has worked for thirty years as a psychiatrist and faculty member at Yale University, the US National Institute of Mental Health, and the University of Rzeszów, Poland. His new book The WeddingPhoto chronicles the dramatic genealogical stories he discovered in researching his and his wife’s unknown histories that resonate in current generations. The book also serves as a guide to pursuing one’s own genealogical story. Oren has written Joining The Club: A History of Jews and Yale, and co-authored How to Beat Jet Lag: A Practical Guide for Air Travelers,​ as well as numerous scientific articles. He is married to artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren.

Weekend Schedule

RSVP at the bottom of this webpage. 

Friday, February 28 – Shabbat Services 

6 p.m.

The Story Behind the Creation of Our Torah Covers

During Shabbat services, Jeanette will share the meaning behind and the process of creating our beautiful Torah covers.


Saturday, February 29 – Who Was Buried in Sarah’s Tomb? How a Mesmerizing Marker Taught Torah and Brought a Lost World Back to Life

9 a.m. – Bagels & Coffee

9:30 – 11 a.m. – Book Talk

Dr. Dan Oren will share the story form his book, The Wedding Photo, of how a 1993 visit to an empty, abandoned Jewish cemetery in Poland yielded the discovery of a tombstone of an unknown woman named Sarah. Deciphering the moving epitaph and the puzzle hidden within the text leads to unforgettable Torah and meaning. Oren’s book will be available for purchase.


Saturday, February 29 – An Evening with Artist and Author

8 p.m.

Ignite Your Right or Left Brain: Choose one class option below. Dessert and wine will follow. Cost is free for members and $15 for Temple guests.

Right Brain: Make Your Own Papercut with Artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren

Jeanette will guide you through making a special Passover papercut. All supplies will be provided. No experience necessary. You will leave with a beautiful finished product.

Left Brain: Discover Your Own Genealogical Story with Dr. Dan Oren

Genealogy is the hot hobby of the century. This talk will give you the guidance to help start your genealogy journey and maybe even make a breakthrough.


Sunday, March 1 – Genealogy One-on-Ones [SOLD OUT!]

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Doctor’s In! 

Pre-register for a 20-minute consultation with Dr. Dan Oren on your own genealogy project. Dan is available to help you get started or provide suggestions if you are stuck. RSVP required.

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