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Local artist Hani Hara speaking to the close to 100 guests at Congregation Tifereth Israel.

Congregation Tifereth Israel’s cultural arts committee hosted local artist Hani Hara Feb. 26 as about 100 guests filled the Columbus temple’s social hall to enjoy brunch, Mediterranean desserts and colorful artwork, according to a news release.

Cultural arts committee co-chairs, Carol Glassman and Julie Jacobson, said this was the first cultural arts program at Tifereth Israel since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Local artist Hani Hara’s prints on display at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus. 

“It’s nice to see so many people here, together, for this lovely program,” Glassman said in the release. “We’re looking forward to more exciting times with future presentations for the temple and the community.”

Hara shared his life story from fleeing Egypt at the age of 10 to live in Paris for a year before coming to Columbus with the help of HIAS. His art began as a hobby and has blossomed into a full-time endeavor, with pieces being showcased all around town, according to the release.

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