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November 2020

November 17th, 2020 - May 31st, 2021

Community Creative Fellowship

  The Jewish Arts Collaborative and The Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Art and Culture, have proudly teamed up to present a season-long community-based art fellowship to two outstanding artists in the Boston area. Today, as more and more people are exploring personal, creative approaches to their Jewish identity, arts and culture are playing an essential role. Instead of being an adjunct to Jewish identity, the arts are now its foundation. On the communal level, the arts enable us to reach and…

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December 2020

December 9th - December 18th

Hanukkah: Festival of Lights 2020

  For Hanukkah this year, JArts is bringing you multiple ways to celebrate the holiday of lights: virtual programming, as the traditional, beloved Hanukkah celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston goes online; a safe, distanced in-person experience with our Brighter Connected window art project; and a chance to virtually connect with community through an augmented reality candle lighting.   Every December since 2015, JArts has been bringing the Greater Boston community together to celebrate Hanukkah at the Museum…

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December 10th

Brighter Connected Spotlight: “Collective Luminescence” by Tova Speter

Newton Centre, 821 Beacon Street

This blacklight installation by artist Tova Speter is inspired by the theme of light as a vehicle for connection during the dark and isolating experience of a global pandemic. Hundreds of decorated cards by students from 8 Jewish day schools light a path towards the central glow of a woven mandala representing the Shamash candle of the menorah - the candle that lights all the others. All are invited to sign up to receive a postcard in the mail following…

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December 10th, 2020 @ 9:00 am - February 4th, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Studio Israel: Conversation Series

Online via Zoom

Rimon amulet by artist Esther Cohen This fall, JArts and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) join forces to shine a light on the many facets of contemporary Israel through the lens of art. This peer-led series will bring together artists, academics and community leaders to better understand the nuances of Israel’s social and political landscape through contemporary art. The series is a pilot partnership between HBI, JArts, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and is made possible by generous support from…

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December 11th

Brighter Connected Spotlight: “Looking In” by Emily Bhargava

Woburn Public Library, Woburn, Massachusetts

  This stained glass papercut installation by artist Emily Bhargava showcases a diversity of traditions, with each frame inspired by a glimpse into the lives of 18 diverse families. Their symbols come together to create connection and symbolic entry to one another’s homes in a moment when many of us feel isolated. Though we can’t welcome others into our spaces physically, this work celebrates our diverse community by sharing what’s inside our houses with the outside world. Location: Woburn Public…

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December 12th

Brighter Connected Spotlight: “The Strength of Very Small Things” by Allison Maria Rodriguez

Boston CyberArts Gallery

  Visually centered around the Northern Lights and footage from the artist's fellowship in the arctic, this installation explores interconnectedness in nature, highlighting humans’ connection to the land, to other species, and to that which exists beyond our vision or understanding. Inspired by Hanukkah, it is also about hope in times of difficulty (and literally about light that exists in darkness) - and the strength and resiliency that may emerge from the smallest of places. Location:  Boston CyberArts Gallery, 141…

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December 13th

Brighter Connected Spotlight: Window Installation by TJ Reynolds

Freedom House Inc

  This installation by artist TJ Reynolds features portraits of people of African descent “drawn in light” on black surfaces. Just as the lights of Hanukkah represent hope, so do these illuminated portraits of local sculptor Fern Cunningham, Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, and biblical figures Adam and Eve. By drawing a connection between the holiday and the current Black Lives Matter movement, we are reminded that we must study and understand the past to truly make progress as humankind. Location:  Freedom House…

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December 14th

Brighter Connected Spotlight: “The Light From Within” by Caron Tabb

Bowdoin Street Health Center

  Designed in collaboration with AFH teen artists who reside in the neighborhood and employees of the Bowdoin Street Health Care Center, this installation is focused on themes of community and resiliency. The essence of the Hanukkah story is about overcoming challenges and external threats that feel insurmountable. Highlighting the power of the collective to overcome challenges, the piece depicts this neighborhood and it's people together as a vibrant, colorful and resilient community. Location:  Bowdoin Street Health Center The Brighter…

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December 15th

Brighter Connected Spotlight: “To Light!” by Silvina Mizrahi

Hebrew Senior Life, Brookline

  With dancing figures created by older adults from Hebrew Senior Life and young girls from Divas mentoring divas, this sculptural installation by artist Silvina Mizrahi is a celebration connecting light with dance and feelings of joy. The Hanukkiyah shares the brightness of the lights and the feeling of being connected, even in the current circumstances. The use of recycled materials evokes ideas of Tikkun Olan (Repairing the World) and caring for the planet - themes necessary to be highlighted…

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December 16th

Brighter Connected Spotlight: Window Installation by Clint Baclawski

Gallery 456

  Bough, a site-specific photographic light installation by artist Clint Baclawski, symbolizes the nine branches of the Hanukkah Menorah. Through deconstructed light, each bulb reveals a portion of a large-format photographic image of a eucalyptus forest captured in Montana de Oro State Park in Los Osos, CA. Most eucalyptus trees can survive more than 250 years in the wild and are one of the most familiar sights on the Israeli landscape. This forest highlights the significant role that both trees…

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December 16th @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Spotlight on Chelsea: Jewish Culture Past and Present

Join JArts, artist Clint  Baclawski, and cultural anthropologist Ellen Rovner for a conversation as we shine a spotlight on Chelsea’s Jewish culture, past and present. Clint Baclawski, one of the Brighter Connected artists, has installed his exhibit, Bough, in Chelsea connecting Chelsea’s Jewish past to a modern day art installation in the heart of the city. Cultural anthropologist Ellen  Rovner  will share a history of Jewish culture in Chelsea, and will talk further with Clint about his exhibit and its present-day connection to Jewish Chelsea.   Presenters:  Artist Clint Baclawski…

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January 2021

January 1st, 2021 - June 7th, 2021


Online via Zoom

Welcome to JArts Live -- “JLive” -- our new series of virtual cultural experiences. Meet some of the best Boston area talent, telling their Jewish story through art. After all, even though  COVID-19 is keeping us apart, art and culture will always keep us connected.   Stay tuned for the JLive spring season line-up, coming soon!   REVISIT PAST PERFORMANCES Top: Noah Clickstein, chef at Peregrine, appears on JLive Food Bottom: Theater icon Annette Miller appearing on JLive Extra  …

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