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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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Exhibition on View thru July 8, 2018

I have been selected to show a new body of work titled Anthropocene, for the Fresh Awards Exhibition, 2018. This is a group show of nine artists who were selected from over 400 artist entries last year for the FRESH 2017 juried exhibition. Jurors, Fatemeh Burnes and Peter Frank, selected the artists they agreed made a strong impact and best represented current ideas and trends in Contemporary Art. 

May 26 – June 23, 2018

SoLA Gallery,
3718 West Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043

Opening Reception June 2nd, 4-7 pm

SoLA is open Saturdays, 1- 5 or by appointment
Phone: (310) 429-0973




Victor Raphael + Terry Braunstein would like you to know that they have three photomontages from their collaborative series, "Moon Drawings" in an exciting exhibition: HOPE IS MAYBE at the Munich Airport in Germany. The exhibition, curated by Michael Haerteis of Mayer of Munich, is one of ten exhibitions that the work will be in various locations in Europe.


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.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21st  •  5 – 7 p.m.
Visions Art Museum
San Diego, CA

Ongoing through July 8th

The Coalition of Artists with Purpose

THIS exhibit, this thing, this idea, this place, this part of our world is important
and should not be forgotten or undefended when at risk from intolerance,
ignorance, indifference, or greed.

Visions Art Museum
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92106


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