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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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.

Joey Baron

Artistic Director

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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.

Jim Ball

Director of Communications

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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…

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Rachael Farber

Development Director

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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.


Leadership & Advisors

Board of Directors

Howard Cohen  (Co-Chair)

Kerry Epstein (Co-Chair)

Chris Wyett (Vice Chair)

Dan Navisky  (Clerk)
David Orlinoff  (Treasurer)
Sari Anne Rapkin  (Vice Treasurer)
Ronald M. Druker (Past Chair)
Jeff Freedman
Lara Freishtat
Harriet Goldin
Rosalind Gorin
Alison Hammer
Morris Housen
Fred Ledley
Bonnie Margulies
Lorre Polinger
Suzanne G. Priebatsch
Alan Rottenberg
James Segel
Barry Shrage
Paula Sidman (Past Chair)
Jessica Alpert Silber
Gerald Slavet  (Past Chair)
Kevin Steinberg
Caron Tabb
Barry Weisman



Robert L. Beal

Michael Miller (Past Chair)

Hankus Netsky



Robert L. Beal

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

Art Think Tank

Yael Alkalay

Jessica Alpert Silber

Linda Apple

Jesse Brackenbury

Ariel Burger

Rabbi Jillian Cameron

Karyn Cohen

Jessica Coughlin

Simona Di Nepi

Kerry Epstein

Ariel Freiberg

Stas Gayshan

Elisha Gechter

Sam Gechter

Amanda Goodman

Alison Hammer

Sophie Hearne

Sonya Highfield

Randi Hopkins

Sid Hutter

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Alison Judd

Adrien Khelemsky

Cecilia Kremer

Liana Krupp

Susannah Lawrence

Rabbi Darby Leigh

Jen Mergel

Joshua Meyer

Becky Price

Melissa Rosen

Jonathan Sheffi

Tova Speter

Eliana Southworth

Allyson Steinmetz

Dani Weinstein

Emma-Jean Weinstein

Graham Wright

Food Think Tank

Jessica Alpert Silber

Lizzie Bell

Rachel Leah Blumenthal

Jessica Carbone

Jessica Coughlin

Lara Freishtat

Jeff Gabel

Jennifer Garrett

Simona Gilman

Emilie Golenberg

Rian Handler

Sonya Highfield

Alex Khitrik

Dena Kowaloff

Liana Krupp

Michael Leviton

Elizabeth Navisky

Neisha Newburg

Ellen Rovner

Avi Shemtov

Julie Starr

Jeff Werner

TheatreWorks Think Tank

Melia Bensussen

Debbie Block

Sara Brookner

Jesse Garlick

Barbara Grossman

Stuart Hecht

Wendy Liebow

Joshua Luckens

Annette Miller

Becky Price

Emerging Leaders Council

Co-Chairs Kerry Epstein and Lara Freishtat