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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.

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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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From: Terry Braunstein

I am very excited to be included in the wonderful Getty publication: Artists and Their Books, Books and Their Artists by Marcia Reed and Glenn Phillips.

For any of you who are local, and willing to brave the 405 to the Getty, I will be doing a short talk at the Research Institute following a walk-through of the exhibition from 2-3PM (of others' artists books, not including my own) on July 10th from 3 to 3:30PM.

Wishing you all well, Terry


Everything I Gave Away 1
will be displayed on a screen during the Celebration Reception on September 7 at the ACCI Gallery in Berkley, California.

Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik, Nice Jewish Artist

It's a true honor to be included in Jewish Art Salon's "Invisible Jew" exhibition! Come out to Detour Gallery in Red Bank, New Jersey, for the opening — Sunday, June 24, 3-5 pm.

"Nevertheless She Persisted" and "Woman of Valor" are in the show.


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