On a recent Thursday evening, a group of Hasidic women gathered for an unusual celebration.
They sang traditional melodies and talked about attaining freedom through mystical teachings, all to the beat of African drums inside a gallery located in Crown Heights—far from New York's usual art neighborhoods like Chelsea, Williamsburg and the Lower East Side. A curtain drawn across the doorway blocked the views of male passersby.
The event was organized by the Creative Soul, a group of Orthodox Jewish artists founded by Yitzchok Moully, a Hasidic rabbi and artist who wears a pink yarmulke and creates photo silkscreen works depicting dreidels, Hassidim dancing and rabbis praying. Article continues here.