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November 30, 2020 – January 29, 2021
JAI Cafe, Monday, December 14, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.



Yossi Apodaca • Renée Amitai • Shula Singer Arbel • Bill Aron • Jodi Bonassi • Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik • Lorraine Bubar • Ellen Cantor • Rhea Carmi • Raphaele Cohen-Bacry • Judy Dekel • L. Aviva Diamond • Simone Gad • Susan Gesundheit • Gilah Yelin Hirsch • Nancy Goodman Lawrence • Edna Miron-Wapner • Marleene Rubenstein • Debra Sokolow • Erella Teitler • Nancy Kay Turner • Ruth Weisberg • Harriet Zeitlin • Jana Zimmer

JAI Featured Artist of the Month • January 2020

Nancy Goodman Lawrence

“As an artist, I have evolved over the years and am constantly pushing the boundaries of my work. I like to play with movement and stillness, and a subtle personal narrative goes on beneath the surface. I entertain myself with discovering the possibilities…”


The Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is a Southern California arts organization committed to fostering visual art by Jewish artists and promoting dialogue about Jewish identity and related issues among members of the arts community. We very actively organize exhibitions, programs, as well as study sessions for our members. We currently have a membership of over 130 Artists and Arts Professionals.


JAI was conceived by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in 2004. It was originally in partnership with the University of Southern California Casden Institute and the USC Roski School of Art and Design. For many years we have been under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Members include primarily artists, as well as curators and art historians based in Southern California. The artists go through a jurying process to be admitted as members.

We have collaborated with a great range of Southern California institutions including American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College, UCLA Hillel and USC Hillel as well as a variety of art galleries and public spaces. We have also worked and exhibited in institutions in other parts of the United States and Israel such as the Jewish Art Salon, Hebrew Union College, New York, the New York UJA and the Jerusalem Biennale.

Governance of the organization consists of the JAI Executive Committee: Melinda Smith Altshuler, Bill Aron, Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik, President Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Anne Hromadka Greenwald, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Randi Matushevitz, Hillel Smith, Debra Sokolow and Ruth Weisberg.

Artists – you are welcome to apply for JAI membership. Please follow the instructions in our Selection Criteria for New Artist Members, thank you.