Fine art is always on display at the JCC.

The JCC Taube Center for Jewish Peoplehood mounts multi-media art shows four times a year, presenting both local and international Jewish artists.  These seasonal exhibitions highlight a variety of themes pertinent to the Jewish calendar, holidays, values, text, and traditions.

The exhibitions have featured work from prominent artists including Lawrence Kushner, Siona Benjamin, Laurie Wohl, Lauren Bartone, MIND the HEART!, Hillel Smith, and many others.

Exhibitions are well publicized and are enjoyed by all who visit the JCC.

One of the many exhibits hosted at the Osher Marin JCC.

Current Exhibit

Until June 9, 2022

The Shmita Year: Release, Renewal and Rest

The Jewish calendar provides us not only one day a week for rest and renewal but also a year that does the same. The Shmita or Sabbatical year, also called the Shabbat of Shabbats and the Shabbat of the land occurs every seventh year. Jewish law tells us that farming must cease, any naturally grown crops should be left for the needy and animals, and all debts are to be forgiven. While Shmita is most relevant to farming, there are financial, societal, emotional, and social justice ramifications for observing a Shmita year. While the laws of Shmita are only observed in the land of Israel, the lessons of Shmita are particularly resonant in the time of the pandemic. For some, the pandemic was an enforced time of rest, and for others quite the opposite.

The Art Galleries of the Osher Marin and Peninsula JCCs wished to further explore the themes of Shmita and asked a select group of artists to consider the following questions: What does it mean to have a Shmita year that follows such a tumultuous year of upheaval? What can we glean from the idea of Shmita in diaspora?

Six artists from the 2019 Bay Area Jewish Artist Retreat, a program of Asylum Arts, answered our call. They include Kate Laster, Bonny Nahmias, Christopher Reiger, Ava Sayaka Rosen, Arielle Tonkin, and Gabriella Willenz. We are pleased to present their interpretations in this exhibition.

As you view the work, keep in mind the Shmita year asks us all, how can we make do with what we already have?

Upcoming Exhibit

June 12, 2022

Lawrence Kushner: Light Fantastic

Lawrence Kushner’s latest exhibit to be hosted at the Osher Marin JCC Gallery, Light Fantastic, a night of light, art, and community, June 12 through August 31, 2022.

About this exhibition
“I try not to name the things I see but to focus instead on portraying patterns of light. This way the images can deconstruct themselves into reflections, as if, on the surface of moving water.”

Lawrence Kushner was born in Detroit in 1943; he began painting in 2011. An ordained rabbi, Kushner has authored over a dozen books on spirituality and Kabbalah and currently serves as the Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco.

Other than studying with such renowned artists as Ezra Katz, Sandy Ostrow, and Verakeet Tongpaiboon, Kushner has had no formal art education.

His work has been exhibited in galleries in the Bay area including the Krevsky Gallery, the Studio Gallery, and Slate Gallery. In addition to regional exhibitions, Kushner’s work hangs in the collection of the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University and has also been juried into the California Art Club’s premiere 110th and 111th Gold Medal Exhibitions (2021, 2022) in Los Angeles. He works exclusively in oils.

Register to attend the opening reception event on Sunday, June 12 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Past Exhibits

Exhibits held from 2013 to 2022

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