Exactly how is an aspect of Jewish identity expressed in the mid-20th
century phenomena of comic book Superheros? Aside from the ethnic background of Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, Depression era Jews, and the fact that his Kryptonian name, Kal-El, becomes the Hebrew “voice of God,” what else is there? Many have seen multiple Jewish echoes, not the least of which may be his quasi-messianic role in upholding Truth, Justice and the American Way. Joel Silverstein dares to explore the social and personal ramifications of Superman in his current exhibition, “Jo-El / Jore-El: Superheroes, Autobiography and Religion” currently at the Hadas Gallery.