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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.

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Now thru November 2014


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All JAI members and friends are warmly welcomed to the Opening of a very special exhibition, "Layers of Identity II" which will be presented from August 2nd to August 30th at the Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios: 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405 • (310) 397-7449

The Opening will be on Saturday, August 2nd from 5 to 8:00 p.m.

Sixty-four prints will be presented in "Layers of Identity II"

This exhibition is the second part of an unprecedented exchange between institutions and organizations in Jerusalem and Los Angeles.

After the showing in Santa Monica, the exhibition will travel to the Jerusalem Print Workshop in Israel where it will be inaugurated on December 18th. This is the second half of a ground breaking exchange exhibition, all of which are co-sponsored and coordinated by our own Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI), the Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS), and the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities.

Donna Stein, Curator, will give a Gallery Talk on Saturday, August 16th at 3:00 at the Arena 1 Gallery. She will discuss the second part of the exchange exhibition which includes 64 original graphics in various combinations of traditional print media, including monotypes. 111 artists from across the United States submitted up to three prints. The 57 artists listed below were selected for inclusion in the exhibition.


A R T I S T S   L I S T


Melinda Smith Altshuler, Renee Amitai, David Avery, Cynthia Back, Janet Badger, Curtis Bartone, Shirley Bernstein, Mary Sherwood Brock, Karen Butler, Katharine Butler, Jonathan Cartedge, Stephanie Cochran, Robert Creighton, Susan D'Zmura, Samuel Erenberg, Lily Erb, Kevin Frances, Donald Furst, JenClare Gawaran, Susan Gesundheit, Eric Goldberg, Yeung Ha, Jason Howell, Jayne Jackson, Gail Jacobs, Gesine Janzen, Holly Jerger, Lynne Johnson, A. Johnston-Schuster, Philip Laber, Tony Lazorko, Caryl Christian Levy, Miles Lewis, Poli Marichal, Betty Martinez, Kathy McGhee, Diane McLeod, Amanda Mears, R. Bruce Muirhead, Sarah Pavsner, Cheryl Rogers, Michelle Rozic, Ricardo Ruiz, Bill Salzillo, Masha Schweitzer, Richard Sloat, Debra Sokolow, Kelsey Stephenson, Sylvia Taylor, Bob Tomolillo, Ruth Weisberg, Cathy Weiss, Donna Westerman, Liz Wolf, Karen Frimkess Wolff, Rina Yoon, Harriet Zeitlin



The Work of 6 JAI Artists will be on View:

Pat Berger, Elizabeth Bloom, Susan Gesundheit, Nancy Goodman Lawrence,

Debra Sokolow and Erella Teitler


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Couturier Gallery is pleased to present Kaleidoscope, a group exhibition combining emerging and established artists
through a spectrum of disciplines. The show incorporates beading, book art, collage, paintings, photography, printmaking
and sculpture. The varied nature of the show creates complex connections between works that forge a rich mosaic
of aesthetics, visual language and themes.

Artists include: Sandow Birk, Fausto Fernandez, Leonard Greco, Gronk, Judithe Hernandez, Noel Vargas Hernandez,
John Hesketh, Jeff Iorillo, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, DeLoss McGraw, Connie Rohman, Frank Romero,
Irwin Sanchez, Danny Scheible, Ana Serrano, Susan Sironi, Corey Stein, Leslie Love Stone,
John Valadez and James Zver.


Kaleidoscope runs from July 12 to August 23

Join us for the artists’ opening reception Saturday, July 12, 6-8 p.m.


Couturier Gallery | 166 N. La Brea Ave. | Los Angeles, CA 90036


For more information email: cg@couturiergallery.com

June 8 - December 15, 2014 at the Academy of Jewish Religion, 3240 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Opening: Sunday, June 8th  |  2:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Curated by Lidia Shaddow

Featuring Ruth Weisberg and Marisa Mandler



Molested At The Movies: Survivor's Child (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, March 24, 2014 by Ms. Simone Z. Gad

Available on Amazon, $18.


Molested At The Movies: Copyright Simone Gad 2014/All Rights Reserved, WGA and Library Of Congress Registered, is a performance-art spoken word play of monologues/vignettes about my growing up as a child of holocaust survivor parents from Poland, our immigration to the US from Brussels, Belgium where I was born, and my stage-mom getting me into show-biz at the tender age of 4 upon our arrival via Ellis Island.

Molested is a dark story with humorous elements, and some French, German, Polish, Yiddish references. It also includes 2 songs from the 1920s, both of which created a major impact upon me during my early years in Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles and Hollywood. I was forced to sing one of them at auditions from childhood thru my teenage years, relentlessly. The other song is in French. My mom would sing it over and over again with her heavy Polish accent, which haunted me.

I did my spoken-word show on-tour in the United States and in Brussels, Belgium from 1998 through 2013, and have included reviews/articles/catalog excerpts as documentations of my performances and exhibitions at the end of my art-text publication. This spoken word performance story has some hand-written notes, some of which is not easy to read-because it's an art work and is meant to be so. It is not traditional writing and is experimental in nature.

Molested at the Movies is an homage to my family who suffered in the concentration camps and forced labor during the Shoah. It is also dedicated to my brother and holocaust survivor parents who passed away during the 1990s, and to my aunt and uncle who died shortly thereafter.

I want to thank Karen Atkinson for helping me to edit my book for publication. She is amazing!



Hal Goldberg's Holocaust Memorial Sculpture


In September 2012 Hal Goldberg's  sculpture, "They will never be forgotten: Serge and Beate Klarsfeld and Marceline Kogan" was installed at the Camp Des Milles Holocaust Memorial Museum in France. The sculpture also depicts the books the Klarsfelds have written.

Serge and Beate Klarsfeld are famous Nazi hunters based in Paris, and Marceline Kogan was a two year old child rounded up in the infamous Paris "Rafle" in 1942 and killed in Auschwitz.

Camp des Milles was a French internment camp in a former tile factory near  Aix-en-Provence.  Between 1941 and 1942 it  was used as a transit camp for Jews. About 2,000 of the inmates were shipped off to the Drancy internment camp on the way to Auschwitz. Since 1993, the site served as a World War II memorial, and in September 2012  the memorial was turned into a Holocaust memorial museum. 
















Weisberg's Visions

A wonderful overview of Ruth Weisberg's work in the New York Jewish Press:

"There is a special class of Jewish artists who toil in the rich fields of Tanach and Jewish practice for years and years, quietly establishing a foundation of visual and intellectual markers for generation of artists to come. Ruth Weisberg is clearly one of these founders. Her seminal work articulates an approach to the Jewish narrative deeply informed by a Jewish feminism."








unexplained phenomena project book


unexplained phenomena project is a collaboration between Victor Raphael and David Jordan Williams. The series includes images from around the world and explores extraordinary, mysterious encounters with the unknown. unexplained phenomena project hopes to elicit in the viewer the idea that we should not rule out the unexplained or the exceptional when considering what is real and what we know.


39 color images, essay by Judith Margolis, and an introductory note from Robbie Robertson.

E-book includes the video, unexplained phenomena: Los Angeles (3:24)


Enhanced ebook with video and printed edition both available here