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Dear JAI Members,

SAVE THE DATE: our next JAI Cafe Zoom online event is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday June 1st featuring member Hillel Smith – a very gifted and versatile artist and designer... please RSVP by Sunday, May 31st – it's required to attend. Registered attendees will receive event login information on Monday, June 1st.

Also... be mindful of the June 4th due date for submissions to our members only Arts Challenge: From a Narrow Place: Images of Resilience. Many very compelling artworks have already been received and there's room for more both for the virtual show and the exhibition at USC Hillel.

Really hope to see you online this coming Monday – for JAI Cafe #4.


Monday, June 1, 2020  |  7:00 p.m.

JAI Artist Hillel Smith
Photo: Daniel Rachamim  |  Courtesy of the Jerusalem Biennale

Hillel Smith is an artist and designer focused on re-imagining Judaica with contemporary media and exploring what makes a Jewish space. He will present work in a variety of media, including spray paint and mural painting, papercraft, digital illustration and animation, and photography.

Visit Hillel's website: hillelsmith.info & his Instagram account: @thehillelsmith

RSVP now via email to Georgia Freedman-Harvey and reserve your login and password to this unique Zoom online event scheduled for:

Monday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. PDT

Event login information and password will be distributed on
Monday, June 1st to only those that RSVP.
Coming Back, 2020, papercut, 16" x 20"
Lorraine Bubar

Calling all JAI Members:

You are invited to participate in our first
Arts Challenge

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.

Artwork must be received by Thursday, June 4th

Click to view submission guidelines

Dear  JAI Members, 

We've received a request from very prominent New York based author Matthew Baigell who asked us to convey these important questions to our membership. Please take the time to respond to his questions so that he can also include our West Coast perspective.

I am collecting material for an article from artists who explore Jewish themes, and am asking for any answers to the questions listed below that you might be willing to share with me.
  1. What has prompted you to explore Jewish-themed subject matter and does that still hold in today's climate?
  2. Do you have a special process by which you arrive at a finished work?
  3. Are you bothered by the relative neglect by mainstream museums, galleries, critics, and art historians?
  4. Do you have stories to tell in this regard?

I look forward to hearing from one and all. Please send  your response to: baigell@aol.com

Many thanks,  Matthew Baigell
My Mandala Series #1 is in the Petite Works all-media online exhibition presented by the Los Angeles Art Association
All works are no larger than 12 inches

Browse the collection: https://www.laaa.org/new-products
Congratulations to Carol Goldmark
JAI Featured Artist of the Month / May

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