We are celebrating Passover this year under very challenging circumstances. The plagues of Jewish history have taken on a new resonance. We are isolated physically in order to protect our families and friends, but we are still creating community.
The JAI has converted many events that would normally bring us together in person, into virtual events. As you'll read in this newsletter our upcoming exhibitions and presentations will all be virtual. We are your community and we want everyone to be safe and secure. Do join us “remotely” when you can – we are here for you.
Every good wish,
RUTH WEISBERG, PRESIDENT JEWISH ARTISTS INITIATIVE of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
We want to ensure that our most vulnerable members who need extra assistance have the food, medicine, and supplies they need during this period of sheltering in place. Our artist community can help, it takes a village especially during these tough times. If it would be helpful for someone in the community to make a delivery to your home, help you to place online delivery orders, and or simply reach out to check-in, please let us know by completing this form - CLICK HERE.
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Calling all JAI Members:
You are invited to participate in our first Arts Challenge
Open Hands by Ruth Weisberg, 2007, mixed media
The JAI Executive Committee is pleased to announce the first arts challenge open to all JAI members.
The Hebrew word for Egypt, Mitzrayim, literally means “narrow places.”
Jewish history has taught us to be resilient, as we have navigated thousands of years of history. Today we find ourselves in similar straits, as a modern plague circles the globe. We invite you to submit an original artwork to be included in both an online virtual exhibition and a JAI exhibit at USC Hillel set for Fall 2020.
We look forward to seeing the work created by our JAI members and to sharing it with the wider community.
C R E A T I V E - C A P I T A L . O R G
In times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected. In addition to health concerns, this is a challenging moment for many in our community as we deal with canceled income and trying to make plans during uncertain times. Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and we believe that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all of us.
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.
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I N M E M O R I A M
by JAI Artist Gilah Yelin Hirsch
Helène Aylon Hinda bat Etta z"l
February 4, 1931 - April 6, 2020
I am deeply saddened to hear of Helène’s passing. I am all the more grateful to have known her since the early ‘70s as she began to express her feminism and to reify her political and social concerns against war and injustice. In the mid '70s, I was privileged to participate in her “Sand Gathering” project in Los Angeles, in which women of many ethnicities and cultures gathered beach sand to fill 100s of pillows which were brought to the UN in an “Earth Ambulance”, signifying our common statement against war. For over forty decades, I witnessed Helène’s many changing, daring and deepening visions on many levels which were reflected in her art, her writing, and her life. Most recently, in February 2020, I spent the day with Helène at her revelatory exhibition of early work, “Pouring” and “Silver” paintings at Marc Selwyn Gallery, LA. She was thrilled to see the powerful early work that had been languishing in storage for years in a new and appreciated context.
As Helène’s radical installations, paintings and performances were presented in museums internationally, she pushed the margins of the art world as she expanded feminism to include those who were formerly cloistered. She furthered the role of women in art as we know it. Her unique contributions in various media continuously challenged the status quo and revealed that which was not only previously concealed, but also that which had been unallowable.
May Helène’s courage, life and art continue to inspire others, always.
Dear friends, I want to share with you a Zoom lecture I gave for Rabbinical students taking a seminar at the American Jewish University. I was invited by Rotem Rozental who leads the cultural programs at AJU to discuss intersections of creativity and Judaism; my personal understanding of what it is to be an artist, to teach, and to incorporate traditions and identity in the meaningful and open way into the creative process.
I hope you’ll find this interesting and relevant to your practices. I look forward to hearing your ideas and reactions. With warmest regards, Zhenya