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Bomb Shelter Exhibit Fights Terrror with Art


East Hampton, NY - Escaping to the Hamptons now includes running into a bomb shelter thanks to a unique benefit exhibit hosted by the prestigious Vered Gallery and created by Artists 4 Israel, a group of New York artists and advocates with a reputation for radical, even scandalous tactics.

On July 31st at 9pm though August 24th, the Vered Gallery invites viewers into THE BOMB SHELTER, a multi-media museum installation and functioning shelter that is designed to give a harrowing experience of the same terror suffered by the Israeli town of Sderot near the Gaza border that has been victim to over 10,000 rocket attacks at the hands of Hamas, as well as to showcase the amazing beauty and strength of its residents.

The exhibit jarringly merges two very different worlds. The gray concrete walls of the bomb shelter sit starkly in the gallery's elegant space (68 Park Place, East Hampton) which houses famous paintings by Picasso, Chagall and others, destined for display in museums or high-end private collections.

As soon as visitors line up to enter the shelter, the deceptively calm Tzeva Adom warning begins to sound. This is the same siren that gives Sderot residents notice that they have just 15 seconds to find shelter before the rockets begin falling. Then, like in Sderot, visitors will hear the sound of explosions. As they rush into the shelter amidst the blasts, immersive video continues the heart pounding experience as an actual Qassam barrage hitting Sderot unfolds around them - all from the perspective of being in the crowd suffering through the attack.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward, and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

His book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. Goldberg rthe recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism. He is also the recipient of 2005's Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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