Art

‘Diaspora’ collages create layers of meaning at library exhibit

'Diaspora' collages create layers of meaning at library exhibit - J.

Artist Rachel Leibman has been creating her collages - colorful, vivid works with a delicate juxtaposition of text, image and line - for 18 years. But this year she's breaking new ground at the Jewish Community Library with her show "Diaspora." Though her collages and mixed media art have been shown in Jewish spaces before, ...

Kids find ‘heart of Shabbat’ in their artwork, now on display at CJM

Kids find 'heart of Shabbat' in their artwork, now on display at CJM - J.

"He will proclaim freedom for all his children. And will keep you as the apple of his eye. Pleasant is your name and will not be destroyed. Repose and rest on the Sabbath day." This piyut (sacred poem) can be found in the pages of any Jewish prayerbook.

Reflection on Art and Passed Down Memory, a production of our Educators Art Network.

On Thursday, March 2nd,  35 educators joined us at the CJM. Representing day schools, congregational schools and other Jewish organizations, art teachers, Jewish studies teachers and educators with other specialties came from all across the Bay area from as far as Fresno, Petaluma, Castro Valley and Palo Alto. 

We dove deep into Jewish themes, Art, and memory as we explored the CJM exhibition “From Generation to Generation” with Fraidy Aber and Janine Okmin from the CJM. Four stations representing different media set the stage for reflections through theatre, soundscapes, writing and art. 

We explored the powerful teaching tool of Zachor and passed down stories while Tamar Forman, our artist-in-residence, led us through text study and a hands on art activity with clay. Our sculptures told stories of personal interpretations and memory. The medium, technique and idea were all based on Native American art tradition.

Participants took away much from the program.  One commented that the workshop was " the most meaningful experience at CJM since it opened.”

Led by Vavi Toran, our Integration of the Arts department, hosts professional development workshops all year long.  

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From Israel to S.F., a Palette of Vistas by ‘accidental’ Painter

From Israel to S.F., a palette of vistas by 'accidental' painter

When you ask Shalom Flash about his paintings, he laughs slightly and then corrects you. He isn't painting; he's color-reading. "It's all just spots of color," Flash says about his prolific body of work, a portion of which is currently hanging at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco.

Playful Art with Piven Testimonial

Read what one educator had to say about her student's experience at an Integration of the Arts Workshop:

I just wanted to share with you a project that I did with my kindergartners at Tehiyah Day School after attending your workshop with Hanoch Piven.   For the past few years, I have been doing an artist/author study of Hanoch Piven with my kindergarten class.   We have been doing a Perfect Purple Feather project and an individual collage portrait project in the past.  But this year, after taking your workshop, I decided to add another culminating project with the children working together in small groups to create a collage about a theme of their choice relating to our school.  I was overwhelmed by how well these 5 and 6 year olds came together with creativity and teamwork to create their masterpieces.   I am attaching copies of these finished projects so you can see that your workshop planted great seeds into the Jewish education community.  Thank you.

Kindest regards,
Ricki Rosenberg, 
Kindergarten Teacher
Tehiyah Day School