[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”description__text”]The Jewish Arts Collaborative explores and presents the rich, diverse, and creative world of Jewish arts and culture—past, present, and future—to the widest possible audience, in venues across Greater Boston. Through a broad range of programming spanning the traditional to the innovative, JArts™ presents the finest local, national, and international talent creating artistic work with a distinctive Jewish voice.

Read our vision and history HERE.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1451502946363{margin-bottom: 55px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”separator-title-section”]Staff[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2166″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-name”]Laura Conrad Mandel[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-position”]Executive Director

lauram@jartsboston.org[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-bio”]Favorite: Yiddish/Hebrew Word: De-schlockify

Why is art important to you: Art is what makes life beautiful, fun, and interesting 🙂

Laura is a public art appreciator, obsessive maker, and social entrepreneur who developed a love of Jewish culture across years of Jewish day school and trips to Israel. After graduating Carnegie Mellon with a degree in Art and English, Laura began working for Hillel and hasn’t left the non-profit world since.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2164″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-name”]

Joey Baron

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joeyb@jartsboston.org[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-bio”]A Significant Arts Memory: Going to NYC with my grandmother to see the original 1964 production of Fiddler on the Roof

Why is art important to you: I love it when you see something, hear something, experience something so wonderful it just makes you glad you’re alive

Joey has been a community organizer, a kite salesman, a flower deliverer, teacher, and daddy. Eight years ago, he gave up an increasingly meaningless career as an advertising creative director to start the Boston Jewish Music Festival with Jim Ball whom he had never even met. Joey grew up in Mattapan and now lives in West Roxbury.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2163″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-name”]Jim Ball[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-position”]Director of Communications

jimb@jartsboston.org[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-bio”]Three things you want on a desert isle: A trumpet, Collection of Steven Sondheim CDs, the complete works of Phillip Roth

Why is art important to you: Creating–music, art, dance, etc.–is one of the highest forms of existence, as important to humans as eating and breathing. And nothing makes me happier.

Jim grew up in NY & NJ (exit 13), majored in music education in college, moved to Boston in 1971, worked odd jobs and did journalism, landed a job at the Harvard News Office, moved into PR work in state government, for Boston City Council, a stint as press secretary for the MBTA and then the dreaded private sector. All along, kept up my love and involvement with music. Had an idea for Jewish music festival, met Joey Baron and the rest, as they say…[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2167″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-name”]

Marissa Gross

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Production Director

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Favorite Hebrew Word:  Davka, because….davka!

Three Things for a Desert Isle: Tetley tea, because I’m British, full collection of Arik Einstein CDs, because I’m Israeli and unlimited food from Sarma because it’s my favorite restaurant in Boston

Marissa was born in England, educated in Scotland, married and became a mother in Israel and now lives in America.  She has worked in event organization and marketing for many years and is excited to be a part of the Jewish Arts Collaborative. marissag (at) jartsboston.org

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3240″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-name”]Marissa Kristy[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-position”]

Administrative Manager


[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”about-staff-bio”]Three Things You’d Want With You on a Desert Isle: Diet Peach Snapple, sunscreen, unlimited novels

Marissa hails from Los Angeles, CA where she spent the first 18 years of her life taking the sun for granted and seeing live theatre. She joined the ranks of East Coasters when she attended Boston University for an undergraduate degree in Communications and Philosophy. She’s interned and worked in many arts organizations, including Center Theatre Group, the Hollywood Pantages, and Boston Center for the Arts. Marissa is currently pursuing a Masters’ degree in Arts Administration from Boston University, so when she’s not at work or in class, you’ll likely find her asleep. Just kidding! Look for her in the audience of a theatre or in the middle of a tap class.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1451502946363{margin-bottom: 55px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”separator-title-section”]Leadership & Advisors[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]Board of Directors

Howard Cohen, Chair

Robert L. Beal

Barry Bluestone

David S. Cohen

Steven Cohen

Ronald M. Druker
Past Chair

Lara Freishtat

Leslie Gaffin

Harriet Goldin

Rosalind Gorin

Alison Hammer

Morris Housen

Fred Ledley

Bonnie Margulies

Michael A. Miller
Past Chair

Daniel Navisky

Hankus Netsky

David Orlinoff

Lorre Polinger

Suzanne G. Priebatsch

Sari Anne Rapkin

Gloria Rose

Alan Rottenberg

Janet Sanders

James Segel

Barry Shrage
ex offico

Paula Sidman
Past Chair

Jerry Slavet

Kevin Steinberg

Howard Wolk

.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]Host Committee

Susan Benjamin,  Syrille Rosman,  &  Adrien Khelemsky  Co-Chairs

Rachael Ades

Michelle Barmazel

Jerry Avorn & Karen Tucker

David & Helene Bailen

Lydia Baumrind

Barry & Susan Benjamin

Barry & Susan Bergman

Joan Blair

Ellen Cohen-Kaplan &

Jeff Kaplan

Bruce & Madelyn Donoff

Toby & Barry Farman

Jack Eiferman & Fern Fisher

Kenneth & Sherri Falchuk

Mark & Pam Fisher

Debbie Gerofsky

Mickey & Harriet Goldin

Alan & Pam Goodman

Alan & Sylvia Goodman

Charles & Shirley Hurwitz

Ruth Isaacs

Stephen & Beth Israel

Judy Isroff

Aubrey & Roleen Katz

Bruce & Ruth Lynn

Bonnie Margulies

Selma Mayer

Steven & Chana Meyer

Donald & Fran Putnoi

Arlene Rand

Diane Rubin

David & Renee Rudolph

Suzanne Salamon

Steven & Leslie Saul

Eli & Nina Schneider

Lisa Seidel

Eliana Southworth

Barry Weisman & Michele Fishel

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] Artistic Advisors

Don Berman

Ari Davidow

Cantor Roy Einhorn

Cantor Susan Glickman

Rabbi Eric Gurvis

Josh Jacobson

Cantor Jeff Klepper

Rabbi Yosse Lipsker

Avital Manor-Peleg

Rabbi Audrey Marcus-Berkman

Cantor Brian Mayer

Guy Mendilow

Cantor Elias Rosemberg

Cantor Elana Rozenfeld

Jesse Sage

Jaymie Saks

Tedd Saunders

Cantor Randall Schloss

Syd Smart

Mark Sokoll

Jodi Sufrin

Rabbi Jeff Summit

Rabbi Andrew Vogel

Rabbi David Wolfman

Yehudi Wyner

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