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.
lauram (at) jartsboston.org
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.
Laura serves as a MassCreative advisor, and sits on the board of the Council of American Jewish Museums and the JCRC Boston Council.
joeyb (at) jartsboston.org
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.
Director of Communications
jimb (at) jartsboston.org
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…
rachaelf (at) jartsboston.org
Three things you want on a desert isle: Ice cream, a large book collection, and a blanket
Why is art important to you: Art and culture help provide avenues of communication and connection outside of the everyday context. It offers an opportunity to simultaneously connect and disconnect for the verbal world.
Rachael has been slowly making her way up the East Coast, growing up in Baltimore, living in Washington, D.C., spending two years in New York and now loving Boston. She worked in and around the U.S. Capitol before joining the Jewish non-profit world and hasn’t looked back.
Board of Directors
Kerry Epstein, Chair
Chris Wyett, Vice Chair
Daniel Navisky, Clerk
David Orlinoff, Co-Treasurer
Kevin Steinberg, Co-Treasurer
Sari Rapkin, Vice Treasurer
Jessica Alpert Silber
Howard Cohen, Past Chair
Ronald M. Druker, Past Chair
Suzanne G. Priebatsch
Paula Sidman, Past Chair
Gerald Slavet, Past Chair
Michael Miller (Past Chair)
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
Michelle Barmazel Steinberg
Rabbi Ariel Burger
Rabbi Jillian Cameron
Simona Di Nepi
Rabbi Suzie Jacobson
Barbara Wallace Grossman