The Jewish Arts Collaborative (501C3) 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.


Laura Conrad Mandel

Executive Director

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Laura Conrad Mandel is an artist, social entrepreneur, and public art advocate. Prior to its merging with the Boston Jewish Music Festival to become JArts, Laura directed NOW—the young adult program of the New Center for Arts and Culture in Boston. After graduating Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Art and English, Laura worked at the Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh and Hadassah Southern California. Laura has taught art and craft classes throughout Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Boston. She serves on the board of the Executive Committee of the Council of American Jewish Museums, the MASSCreative Advisory Council, the JCRC Boston Council, and the Hillel JUC Alumni Council. Laura is a 2013 recipient of the Boston Chai in Hub CJP young leadership award, and the 2018 SSDS alumni award.

Laura serves as a MassCreative advisor, and sits on the board of the Council of American Jewish Museums and the JCRC Boston Council.

Joey Baron

Artistic Director

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Inspired by a CJP Mission to Israel and Hebrew College’s Me’ah program, in 2009 Joey gave up an increasingly meaningless career as an award-winning advertising creative director to start the Boston Jewish Music Festival. Ongoing collaborations and conversations with Laura Mandel, led to a shared a new, more comprehensive vision of what Jewish arts could be in Boston. This ‘wouldn’t it be great if…’ brainstorming sessions set the stage for the creation of the Jewish Arts Collaborative with a powerful new mission. He has also worked as a community organizer, kite salesman, flower deliverer, and teacher, and daddy. Joey grew up in Mattapan and now lives in West Roxbury. .

Jim Ball

PR Manager

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Jim Ball has been doing public relations, marketing, strategic communications for more than 35 years. He’s held positions at Harvard University, Massachusetts State Government, the Boston City Council, and as Press Secretary for the MBTA. He has long been active in the Jewish community, serving three terms on the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism, as a Board Member of the Synagogue Council and and the Zamir Choral Foundation in NY, in addition to many volunteer positions in organizations. In 2009 he and Joey Baron created the Boston Jewish Music Festival, which ultimately merged with the New Center for Arts and Culture to become the Jewish Arts Collaborative. Jim currently serves as President of the Newton Community Chorus.  

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Rachael Farber

Development Director

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Originally from Baltimore, MD, Rachael grew up very involved in the Jewish community. She attended Jewish sleepaway camp for 10 summers, participated in USY and travelled to Israel on Birthright. Rachael always knew she wanted to give back to the community and help create lasting change, but initially thought that politics and government were the avenues to do so. After several years working in the political realm and teaching religious school on Sundays, she decided it was time to join the Jewish community professionally. Prior to joining JArts, Rachael worked at the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC and as the Development Associate for the Long Island Chapter of FIDF. As the Development Director, Rachael would love to see JArts continue to grow not just in financial numbers, but in number of people reached. She sees art as a tool of expression and unity, when words are not enough.  

Dekel Luban

Administrative Manager

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Dekel has a background in both the performing arts and communal work, and previously worked also in higher education and the non-profit sector before joining JArts. A proud Midwesterner who made her way to New England after several years living in Israel, Dekel is an MA candidate in ethnomusicology at Tufts University, where she serves as a peer mentor to incoming graduate students, and previously earned an MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a long-time classical violinist, certified Suzuki violin teacher, and avocational dance student. 

Ariella Honig

Communications and Marketing Director

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Ariella Honig is an active community volunteer, avid theatre goer, foodie and podcast junkie. She developed a love of Jewish arts and culture after many years of attending Prozdor at Hebrew College and performing and directing in a myriad of shows. After Ariella graduated from Union College with a degree in Psychology and Theatre, she found herself in North Carolina at the American Hebrew Academy doing recruitment and marketing. After, she worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) in communications and marketing. Now, Ariella is a resident of Cambridge and is so excited to join the JArts team as the Communications and Marketing Director 


Leadership & Advisors

Board of Directors

Kerry Epstein, Chair 

Chris Wyett, Vice Chair 

Daniel NaviskyClerk 

David OrlinoffCo-Treasurer 

Kevin SteinbergCo-Treasurer 

Sari RapkinVice Treasurer 

Jessica Alpert Silber 

Howard Cohen, Past Chair 

Ronald M. DrukerPast Chair 

Jeff Freedman 

Lara Freishtat 

Harriet Goldin 

Molly Goodman 

Rosalind Gorin 

Alison Hammer 

Morris Housen 

Alison Judd 

Bonnie Margulies 

Lorre Polinger 

Suzanne G. Priebatsch 

Alan Rottenberg 

James Segel 

Carey Schwartz 

Barry Shrage 

Paula SidmanPast Chair 

Gerald SlavetPast Chair 

Caron Tabb 

Barry Weisman



Michael Miller (Past Chair)

Hankus Netsky



Robert L. Beal, z”l

Julie & Ronald M. Druker

The Klarman Family Foundation

The Krupp Family Foundation

Myra Musicant & Howard Cohen

Michael B. Rukin Charitable Foundation

Sidman Family Foundation

Susan & Gerald Slavet

Millicent C. Starr Charitable Trust

Wolk Family & Cross Country Group

Think Tanks

Artistic Advisors

Yael Alkalay

Julie Altman

Linda Apple

Michelle Barmazel Steinberg

Lizzie Bell

Susan Benjamin

Joan Blair

Jesse Brackenbury

Rabbi Ariel Burger

Rabbi Jillian Cameron

Jessica Coughlin

Lyndsay Cox

Simona Di Nepi

Ariel Freiberg

Jeff Gabel

Elisha Gechter

Sam Gechter

Simona Gilman

Rachel Hammerman

Stuart Hecht

Sidney Hutter

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Adrien Khelemsky

Dena Kowaloff

Cecilia Kramer

Liana Krupp

Dan Levenson

Michael Leviton

Wendy Liebow

Joshua Luckens

Josh Mann

Jen Mergel

Joshua Meyer

Annette Miller

Elizabeth Navisky

Rebecca Price

Ellen Rovner

Shirah Rubin

Nina Schneider

Jackie Schon

Avi Shemtov

Barbra Sher

Tova Speter

Julie Starr

Allyson Steinmetz

Margalit Tepper

Barbara Wallace Grossman

Dani Weinstein

Susan Werbe

Jeff Werner