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President’s Letter

Dear JAI Members and Friends,

Tonight, marks the start of the holiday of Shavuot. It celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is an opportunity to study late into the evening, gather with friends, eat dairy foods like blintzes and embrace the wisdom of what the Torah has to offer.  

In this spirit, JAI has launched its second virtual exhibition opportunity, Beginnings with No Endings: Hope and Optimism. It is open to all JAI members who have paid dues for 2021. The exhibition will explore the ideas of hope (tikvah) and optimism as a motivating force. You are invited to submit up to 3 entries. See below for how to enter and the guidelines. We look forward to another successful exhibition and the chance to highlight the work of our JAI membership. The exhibition will launch in July.
JAI will host a May Cafe featuring the artist Aline Mare (May 24th) and a June Cafe with Ted Meyer (June 28th). See below to learn more about the Cafes, the presenters and how to register. We have switched to an online RSVP system that is easy to use, but you can always email with any questions. 

Thank you to everyone who attended the April 26th All-Members Meeting. It was good to see everyone. The board is compiling all the notes from the breakout room session, and we plan to review the notes at our upcoming board meetings. Your suggestions and thoughts about JAI help us to strengthen the organization. 

We encourage you to submit news of publications, exhibitions or other projects you are engaged in, so we can share your information with the JAI community each month in the newsletter. 

Chag Sameach,
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Open Call for JAI Members Exhibition
Entry Dates: May 7 - May 31, 2021
Artist Notifications: June 15, 2021
Virtual Exhibition dates and reception events: July 2021

This exhibition is open to all JAI members who have paid their 2021 dues.*

You are invited to submit entries for a juried exhibition seeking artworks that explore the energy of hope (tikvah in Hebrew) and optimism as a motivating force. The exhibition theme seeks to build upon the tenets of our forebearers who teach that we have opportunities to do good, do better and make change for the greater good. Submitted artworks should reflect visual responses to the existential concepts of hope (tikvah) and optimism as they exist in the space between faith and human capabilities, action and imagination. Artwork can be based on personal or communal definitions as we see them reflected in current social and political challenges.
*Wondering if your dues have been paid? Please ask – send us an email, thank you.


This exhibition is a juried project and will be shown on a virtual gallery platform. We are using for submissions. Our juror, Molly Schulman is an artist and founder of MAIDEN LA, an inclusive listing of art events and exhibitions submitted during past Made in LA museum shows. Her art practice is conceptual and action oriented.
For submission guidelines and to learn more about posting your entries on EntryThingy click below.
Begin the Submission Process
Aline Mare

Monday, May 24, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
Join us at this month's JAI Cafe exploring the artistic practice of Aline Mare
Click to RSVP for JAI Cafe

"I interpret our world through the lens of science and art to shed light on the relationship between the environment and human nature. I work with a hybrid form of painting, photography and installation, synthesizing my aesthetic sensibilities with a deep interest in the natural cycles of the earth.

In my most recent work, I am returning to installation formats, integrating the materials used in my body of imagery, such as salt, seeds, and mica sheets, to create rich, immersive sculptural experiences."
Ted Meyer

Monday, June 28, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
Expect a unique event listening, interacting and learning from JAI Artist Ted Meyer

Learn more by visiting Ted's website:

RSVP Link will be Available in June
Click video, above, to view
JAI Featured Artists/May
Hal Goldberg and L. Aviva Diamond
Raoul Wallenberg at 77
1989, Portuguese Rose Marble, 20″ x 13″ x 12″


I have been a marble sculptor for 50 years. I have studied at the Art Institute of Southern California (Laguna Beach) and at the Art Students League (New York), but I am primarily self-taught. I carve directly in the stone, unlike the vast majority of current-day artists who first model in clay and then have someone else copy their model into marble. My philosophy has been to do what only art can do, and that is to selectively re-create reality.

The primary goal of my work has been to memorialize the Holocaust and to make people think long and hard about the endless persecution of the Jewish people. My sculptures commemorate the heroism of that time and place, rather than any sense of defeatism. My sculptures are dedicated to one of the most important lessons of the Holocaust - Am Yisroel Chai - the Jewish people will always survive. A second goal of my artwork is to influence people to speak out about the other genocides that are happening throughout the world.

Tiny Immensity #33 – Eternal Flame of the Aging Onion in the Time of Covid
2021, archival pigment print on Canson Platine Fibre Rag


When I was a child, I used to delight in the way light sparkled on the dust floating through the air. You only saw it when the light shone in a special way, but I knew it was always there – barely hidden magic – and I’d look for it. That’s how I process the world: seeing the wonder that floats just under the surface of everyday things – feeling the sacred mysteries of the universe in the mundane.

My photography has been included in shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Palm Springs Art Museum, The Center for Fine Art Photography and various Southern California galleries, and I’ve had solo shows at Moorpark College and LA’s Gallery 825.
Sharing from Member Randi Matushevitz

May 28 - June 3,  2021

Sunset - 2:00 a.m.
 projecting out for street-side viewing

Helms Design Center

8745 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA


To learn more about this work go to:
Congratulations to Bill Aron, Hillel Smith & Ruth Weisberg for being featured speakers and artists in Let There Be Art.
Sharing from Member Nancy Goodman Lawrence

5458 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

TAG Proudly Presents 
The Los Angeles Open 2021
May 11 — June 5

This year, TAG celebrates local area artists with a dedicated showcase from May 11-June 5 in our Sky Gallery in the upstairs loft at TAG. Participating artists include JAI Members: L. Aviva Diamond, Nancy Goodman Lawrence and Monica Marks...
Learn More
Sharing from Member Aline Mare
621 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles

Open Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

ARTIST ZOOM TALK with Shana Nys Dambrot
Wednesday, May 26 @ 6 p.m.
Sharing from Member Marleene Rubenstein

I am so pleased to share the news that My Mother's Shoes was selected by juror Laura Cloud for inclusion in Observing Motherhood at Arc Gallery in Chicago.

The exhibition runs from April 30, through June 19. If you happen to be in Chicago during that time - please stop by!
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