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.

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.  

Jaime Brody

Collaborations Director

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Jaime combines her background in education and her talent for building connections with her passion for Jewish community engagement as Collaborations Director at  JArts. Prior to joining  JArts, Jaime served in leadership capacities in numerous school and museums  in  Boston and New York.  Concurrent with her role at  JArts, Jaime fulfills her personal passions for community building as the part-time Families with Young Children Program Manager at Keshet.   Jaime earned her B.A. in Classical Civilizations and English from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.A.  in  Gifted  and  Talented  Education from the College of New Rochelle. Jaime is  passionate about access to education, diversity and inclusion, social justice, racial and gender equality, and the LGBTQ+ movement.   

Dekel Luban

Administrative Manager

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Dekel  has a background in both the performing arts and communal  work, and  worked  in higher education and the non-profit sector before joining  JArts. A proud Midwesterner who  made her way  to  New  England  after  five  years  living  in  Israel,  she  is  delighted  to  be working with  JArts  as it advances artistry and community connection in the greater Boston area.   Dekel  is an MA candidate in ethnomusicology at Tufts University, where she served  as a peer mentor to incoming graduate students  and a research assistant for  music   education  evaluation  program. She  previously earned an MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Dekel  is a long-time  orchestral  violinistcertified Suzuki violin teacher,  and avocational  student of Feldenkrais Method and flamenco dance. 

Ariella Honig

Communications and Marketing Director

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Ariella is an avid theatre goer, baker, podcast junkie, and active community volunteer. Her love of Jewish arts and culture developed from her many years of attending Prozdor at Hebrew College; and performing in and directing a myriad of shows. After earning a degree in Psychology and Theatre from Union College, Ariella found herself at the American Hebrew Academy (AHA) doing recruitment and marketing. After, she worked in communications and marketing for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Greater Boston. Ariella is a resident of Cambridge, and is thrilled to be part of the JArts team as Director of Communications and Marketing.  


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