Evening Presentation—Building Community: Sacred and Secular

When: Monday, December 15 2014, 6:30 pm

Evening Presentation—Building Community: Sacred and Secular Image

Get creative and make a change! Join us at the Vilna Shul for an evening discussion, reception, and book signing from local authors Jay and David Ball.

Using examples from their recent work, Ark Builders of Temple Israel, co-authors David and Jay Ball will discuss how volunteers in small groups succeed and falter and how working together on tangible projects helps to knit the social fabric of a community. 

This multimedia presentation includes progressive construction drawings and photographs of wood pieces built over the past 29 years, to show how project ideas are conceived, refined, and translated into furniture. The talk provides insight into how the Ark Builders have functioned and will provide inspiration to those who wish to give back to their community through their creativity and the work of their hands.

This event is free and open to everyone. RSVPs are appreciated and $5 validated parking is available near the Shul. For directions please click this link. See you at the Vilna!

About the Authors

Jay H. Ball

Jay Ball is one of the founders of the Ark Builders. He and his wife Erica have been members of Temple Israel since 1961. Always deeply engaged in the arts and Town affairs, he was a member of the Board of The Center for Arts in Natick and served nine years on Natick's Board of Selectmen. He continues a history of public involvement by serving on the Natick Days Steering Committee, the Natick Parking Study Committee, the MetroWest Health Foundation's Natick Grants Panel and the Board of the Natick Affordable Housing Trust.

David S. Ball

David Ball grew up at Temple Israel. He graduated from Hebrew nursery school in 1964, became a Bar Mitzvah in 1973 and graduated Hebrew high school in 1976. His fondest memories of Jewish observance are Rabbi Harold Kushner's sermons. He is a healthcare reform activist and retired RN. David is an Air Force Reserve Lt Col and a combat veteran having served from Kosovo to Afghanistan. His previous book, American Astrophilately, was nominated for a national book award.

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