A painting exhibition in Moscow’s House of Nationalities, opened last month, features the works of rabbi Ovadia Isakov, FJC’s representative in Dagestan. Two years ago, when rabbi Isakov was leading the dynamically growing Jewish community in this republic on the border of Chechnya, he was targeted by a terrorist in a brutal shooting attack. Rabbi Isakov miraculously survived the incident, his recovery followed by thousands of well-wishers from around the world. Today he continues to work in Dagestan and in Moscow, and also continues to follow his passion for painting.
Over 30 paintings were featured in the exhibit, organized by the Federation of Jewish Doctors, most of them depicting scenes and themes of traditional Jewish life through an emotional and spiritual lens. Isakov is a professionally trained painter, having received a degree from a prestigious Moscow fine arts institute. His works are also featured in native Dagestan – in the Museum of World Cultures and various other galleries.
“I was pleasantly surprised by these works. Every paining is a mix of techniques, colors, emotions, which leave a lasting impression,” said one gallery goer. “The ideas expressed in these paintings and their spirituality promote peace and friendship between nations,” another visitor said.