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

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Four JAI Artists are included in this year's LA Holiday Print Show:
Renee Amitai, Judy Dekel, Susan Gesundheit and Rachelle Mark

Opening Reception

SUNDAY  •  DECEMBER 9, 2018  •  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Artist Talk  •  2:00 p.m.  •  Refreshments will be Served

Exhibition Dates
DECEMBER 1 - 29, 2018

120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA  90012

Recent works by Hideo Sakata will also be exhibited

Dear Art Friends – you are invited to a show of my drawings called Quiet Sense & No Sense at Gallery 417 from November 8 through December 11th.

The gallery is located at 417 South Hill Street in Downtown Los Angeles. There is some parking in a lot across the street, though no free parking.

Opening reception will be Thursday, November 8th, 6-8 p.m. I will certainly be there for the opening and I hope you can come. – Karen Frimkess Wolff

Gilah Yelin Hirsch: Choice, 2010, acrylic on canvas

Inland Empire Museum of Art


Visions of Elysium - Imagining the Reality of an Eternal Home

Featuring JAI Artists Gilah Yelin Hirsch & Ruth Weisberg
Opening Reception November 11, 2-5 p.m.
November 11 - December 23, 2018

Artist Talks November 17th and December 15th, 6-8 p.m.

Curator: Jim Morphesis

Inland Empire Museum of Art  |  1334 North Benson Ave, Suite D  |  Upland, CA  91786

More Information


Exhibition Organizer: Anne Hromadka Greenwald


Artist Ruth Weisberg explores the influences that have affected both her art and life.

Enjoy the Podcast - CLICK HERE

Ruth Weisberg, artist, Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the USC Roski School, is currently the Director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities and the founder and President of the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California. She received the Printmaker Emeritus Award from the Southern Graphic Council International in 2015 and the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 50th Anniversary Cultural Achievement Award in 2011.

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