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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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LAEMMLE’S ART IN THE ARTHOUSE PRESENTS

BENNY FERDMAN: COOK UP A SOUP AND OTHER TALES

JANUARY 28, 2018 TOWN CENTER THEATRE, ENCINO, CA



ART IN THE ARTHOUSE proudly presents COOK UP A SOUP AND OTHER TALES, featuring the works of visual artist and educator BENNY FERDMAN. Laemmle Theatres invites the community to join Ferdman for an artist talk, slide show on the big screen and refreshments on January 28, 11 am at Laemmle’s Town Center 5. Most artwork is for sale at this free exhibit, which runs through May 2018.

Ferdman draws inspiration from the diverse narratives and cultural motifs of Eastern European Jewish culture that once expressed itself in Yiddish. Raised in L.A. by Polish Jewish immigrants, Yiddish was Ferdman's first language. His adventurous reclamation and reworking of Jewish iconography, folk motifs and the wonders of the human and natural world has brought him art residencies, commissions of large scale sculptures, museum exhibitions and installations, redesigns of synagogues, the design and fabrication of stage sets, the distribution of arts-based curricula throughout North America and Israel and now a solo show in his own backyard, Laemmle’s Town Center Theatre in Encino.

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I'm delighted to share this with you. An image from one of my paintings, Threshold, 2004 was used for the first page of Sh'ma Now which is now part of the publication the Forward.

I am honored to be part of this January 2018 issue focused on 'Thresholds'. – Ruth 




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743 S. Lucerne Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90005


Monday - Friday, 9-5


Currently in Magic and Beauty have 5 pieces at Pilates and Art until January 23rd

Two of my images are in the 2018 LA Open exhibition at TAG Gallery
until January 20th

One of my images was selected for Bunk at Gallery 825. The reception is on Saturday, Jan. 20th from 6-9pm

I also have a piece in Grayscale Wonderland through the BG Gallery
The reception will be held at the FM Fine Art Gallery on La Brea Ave.
Sunday, Jan. 21 from 2-5 pm

One of my photographs is being auctioned off to support CASA of Los Angeles
The reception is on Saturday, Jan. 27th from 6-9pm at DTLA Arts District

My image Self Help is being shown at the 2nd Annual LA Artcore Photography Exhibition – the reception will take place on Sunday, Feb. 11th from 1-5pm

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Santa Monica's California Heritage Museum's ART QUILTS exhibit includes two of Sandra's pieces. Opening reception is Friday, December 8th, 6:30 - 9:30. Runs thru March 18.

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A LIFE IN ART

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