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Measuring Mourning: A Ritual for Loss

February 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St.          —
Join the Coupeville Library in welcoming Humanities Washington speaker Maia Brown for her presentation, Measuring Mourning. This participatory presentation explores a recently-resurfaced Ashkenazi
women’s tradition of feldmestn—the practice of measuring ancestors’ burial places with candlewick, later burned for the living and the dead. How can this two-century-old Eastern European
Jewish tradition help us grapple with contemporary catastrophes, as well as old displacements, genocides, and assimilation?
When we do not know where our people are buried, what do we measure?
Brown will share some of her own art practices and conclude with an open ended maker space where participants will have an opportunity to work with materials, including wick, to measure and reflect. Participants are invited to bring simple crafting materials or meaningful objects that they would like to work with.
Materials will also be provided.


February 15
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm