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Betty Green, Stargazer, 2014, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Betty Green, Stargazer, 2014, acrylic and mixed media on canvas


Opening Artists' Reception: October 28, 2015 6:00 - 8:00 pm
On View through December 31, 2015

7,567mi explores the places where contemporary art meets the Jewish world of content and presents an interpretation of contemporary Jewish art, as seen through the eyes of the members of the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California (JAI).  This exbitition is part of the second-annual Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art and is one of only two exhibits selected to represent the United States.

The 43 JAI members featured in the exhibition look at the physical, spiritual, and cultural connections between Los Angeles and Jerusalem. Despite the 7,567 miles that separate the cities, they share a great deal in common.  Each is, in its own way, a promised land that beckons people to come with the possibility of dreams realized, prayers answered, and opportunities for new beginnings.  The exhibition is co-curated by Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Platt/Borstein Curator and Anne Hromadka, HUC-JIR Los Angeles Curator.

Sandra Lauterbach, The Story of the Wall, 2014, textile

Sandra Lauterbach, The Story of the Wall, 2014, textile 

For this exhibition, the more than 90 members of JAI were asked to answer the question, “What does it mean to be Jewish in Los Angeles in the 21st century?” and create new work in response.  The works selected for the Jerusalem Biennale 2015 represent a diversity of styles, media, and life experiences.  JAI artists often deal directly with Jewish content.  However, the work extends beyond stylized works with traditional cultural motifs and reference points; they have applied their contemporary interpretations to key Jewish or Israeli historical, political, or social events. 

The artists being featured at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles include:

HUC-JIR will host a reception on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles. Selected artists will speak at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the community. Please RSVP by October 26, 2015 to Hattie Pearson at

Additional venues include one in Jerusalem and three in Los Angeles: the American Jewish University (AJU), Platt/Borstein Galleries along with HUC-JIR and USC Hillel. There will be a joint panel featuring artists from all four sites at AJU on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information and/or a complete list of participating artists, visit:

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