Invisible: Imprints of Racism


 The Paula Lerner

Visiting Artist Program

Invisible: Imprints of Racism
Beth El Temple Center

Saturday, May 13

For the second annual Paula Lerner Visiting Artist program BETC will host choreographer, Anna Myer and playwright, Jay Paris and their organization The vision of is to capture the "voice" and messages of youth, adults and communities through the performing arts by creating workshops and professional theater productions that engage, educate and empower audiences.

The visiting artist program on Saturday, May 13 will include a workshop during the day and a performance in the evening.


Workshop 2:00-4:30 pm
Join three of Boston's leading storytellers, including a hip hop artist, a choreographer, and a filmmaker for an interactive experience of invigorating and trust-building collaborative exercises and creative work. You'll come away with new insights, skills and energy for self- expression as well as a better understanding of our differences and common ground.

For ages 12 and up, no prior dance experience needed. 

Performance 7:30-9:00 pm • Invisible: Imprints of Racism
Invisible uses hip-hop, modern, post-modern, ballet, and spoken word to raise issues of race. This critically acclaimed performance of poetry and dance explores the difficult parameters of what divides us, but also what exists beyond anger and victimization that can lead us to empathy. “Not only is the subject matter of race in America timely,” wrote Boston Globe critic Sophic Flack last July, “but if this performance is any indication of where dance may be heading, it’s an exciting time in dance.” The piece features nine dancers and three poets. 

Register online today!




Remembering Paula. Paula Lerner, our dear friend and former Temple member, died of breast cancer on March 6, 2012 at the age of 52. In both her life and work, Paula was an inspiring human being. An award-winning photographer and journalist, Paula was ceaselessly curious about the world and people. She was brave and fiercely determined when it came to sharing stories that she felt needed to be told such as “Behind the Veil,” her Emmy award-winning photojournalism work about the women of Afghanistan. She was energetic, adventurous and fearless, whether rock climbing in Massachusetts or taking powerful, compelling photos in Kandahar. Always passionate about social justice, especially efforts to protect the rights of women and children around the world, Paula also was smart, funny, generous and wonderfully creative as an artist, musician, writer, and teacher. Most important of all, for many of us, she also was a beloved and cherished friend.

Paula deeply loved Beth El Temple Center and the community that she, her husband, Thomas Dunlap, and their daughters, Maia and Eliana found here. Paula was a lovely and treasured part of the fabric of our community for many years. Because this community was so dear to Paula and because she meant so much to our shared life, the Lerner-Dunlap family and the Beth El Temple Board of Trustees established “The Paula Lerner Visiting Artist Program” and the “Paula Lerner Visiting Artist Fund” in 2015.

Each year, Beth El Temple Center invites an artist or group of artists whose work is significant for the Jewish community to come and share their art with us. 

The workshop and performance are free. We hope you will make a donation to the Paula Lerner Visiting Artist Fund so that we can offer this program every year.

Please donate online and select the Paula Lerner Visiting Artist Fund from the campaign dropdown menu) or send your check made out to BETC and note “Paula Lerner Visiting Artist Fund” in the memo. THANK YOU! 


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