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The Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is an artist-run organization committed to fostering visual art by Jewish artists and promoting dialogue about Jewish identity and related issues among members of the arts community.

Mission and History

JAI was originally conceived by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in partnership with the University of Southern California Casden Institute and the USC Roski School of Art and Design. We are now under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity.

JAI Executive Committee: Bill Aron, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Anne Hromadka, Avi Roth and Ruth Weisberg, Chair

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Dimensions of Spirituality – Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, is the first of two exchange exhibitions between the Jewish Art Salon and the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California. This inaugural collaborative exhibition, curated by Richard McBee and Aimee Rubensteen, presents 15 Jewish Art Salon member artists exploring the concepts of Jewish ritual, reflection and tradition.

Ranging from painting, photography and mixed media, the art on view will encourage viewers to become immersed in the richly varied themes of the High Holidays.  It is on view at the USC Hillel, 3300 N. Hoover St. Los Angeles, from August 15th through November 21st with a celebratory Reception on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30 p.m.

In addition, acclaimed Israeli artist and Chair of the Art Department at University of Haifa, Sharon Poliakine, will provide commentary on the works in the exhibition with comparisons to the Israeli Art scene.

In time for the 2017 High Holidays, the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California will mount a similarly themed exhibition at a New York venue.

Featured Jewish Art Salon Artists:

Adele Esses, Irina Chtypel, Asherah Cinnamon, Alan Falk, Alan Hobscheid, Judith Joseph, Tobi Kahn, Batya Kuncman, Ben Schachter, Dorene Schwartz-Weitz, Ruth Schreiber, Meirav Ong, Miriam Stern, Sarah Zell Young and Yona Verwer.

Parking for the Reception on September 21 is one block north on Hoover at Hebrew Union College

September 24 – October 28, 2016

We are very excited about this event and hope to see JAI members at the reception on September 3, 2016

Pastoral Memory on display until October 14th

The Conney Conference on Jewish Arts was co-sponsored by the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities and the University of Wisconsin's Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies – held during the 4th week of March on the campus of USC. JAI Members played a major role in its success as 12 Artist or Curatorial members participated in or gave presentations.

Participating JAI members included: Bill Aron, Stacie Chaiken, Josh Feldman, Gilah Yelin Hirsch,
Andrea Hodos, Anne Hromadka, Rachel Kupferman, Sagi Refael, Lidia Shaddow,
Doni Silver Simons, Hillel Smith, Ruth Weisberg, Jana Zimmer