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

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

Harriet Greenfield

Stuart Hecht

Sidney Hutter

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Alison Judd

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