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It is always an interesting experiment to go to Art Basel in Miami with the intent of discovering contemporary Jewish art. The odds are good that there will simply be nothing to report on. Last year I attended with the same focus, and found not much more than a photograph of Spider-Man praying at the Western Wall (as great as that was).

From my seat in the Brooklyn Jewish creative scene it can seem like every day another artist is popping up full of vim for incorporating religion into their artwork. But the reality is, there are very few people on the professional scale, especially at an internationally renowned art fair, who are actively showing off Jewish-content artwork. And yet, it was there on display if you knew where to look. Across the main show and several other satellite fairs across the city, I found a handful of artists who range in experience and media, united through an interest in exploring Jewish themes.

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The Asylum International Jewish Artist Retreat is entering its third year, and applications are now open for 2015. Once again, it will be hosted in Garrison, NY, north of New York City and this time it will be taking place MAY 3-6, 2015. Jewish Art Now’s Creative Director/ filmmaker Saul Sudin was a participant in the 2014 retreat and it was a life-changing experience, highly recommended to those who are eligible. To be eligible to apply, you must be:

·Between 22 and 39 years of age by time of application.
·Actively working in an artistic discipline, with at least two years of professional experience producing and disseminating your art, and have demonstrated a significant commitment to your artistic discipline.
·The creator of work, not an interpreter of the work of others.
·Able to travel to the United States for the retreat. Unfortunately, Asylum Arts cannot apply for visas on behalf of artists.
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Members of the Tribe, aka, M.o.T.s is now having a clearance sale on all their innovative and clever apparel. All T-shirts are now priced at $10 and they make excellent gifts.

The Los Angeles-based company pledges that 10% of all proceeds are given to tzedakah in accordance with Jewish tradition.

Choose from classics like “Did You Bench?”, “Kosher Giraffe”, “Meat to Dairy Timer” and more. Buy now at


Lacey Schwartz, National Outreach Director / New York Regional Director for Be’Chol Lashon, an organization committed to raising awareness of the global diversity of Judaism, has just released her film ‘Little White Lie‘ to broader theaters after many successful festival appearances. The documentary tells Lacey’s own story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different, leading to a startling discovery that changes everything.

In the tradition of ‘Capturing the Friedmans‘ and ‘Stories We Tell‘, ‘Little White Lie‘ is a true life story with twists and betrayals that grabs you and doesn’t let go.

Beginning today, the film is rolling out to select theaters for week-long runs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Click here for further details and additional screenings. See the trailer below.

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What if Jacob’s sons were replaced with a tribe of pop culture stars.
Did Jacob’s sons walk the ancient paths of Canaan and Egypt trailed by tribesmen and women hoping to get a glimpse? Did their friends and family hit them up for extra livestock? Would they be living in Hollywood today?

"Benjamin" Digital print on canvas + original art, 12" x 18" Benjamin is left-handed and associated with the wolf. Dave is sexy like the wolf. He is James Franco’s baby brother.

“Benjamin” Digital print on canvas + original art, 12″ x 18″ Benjamin is left-handed and associated with the wolf. Dave is sexy like the wolf. He is James Franco’s baby brother.

The concept that Jacob’s sons are forms (similar to archetypes) and are still with us, is part of the exploration. As a culture we are familiar with the archetype of the Fool, the Gambler, the Orphan etc. They surface in different manifestations appropriate to their time. These forms, are less prominent yet shape the dynamics of culture recurring throughout each generation.

A 12 Tribe Project + New Works in Mixed Media
Opening December 9th
at the JEP
520 8th Ave, Suite 1500, NYC
RSVP to: [email protected]

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Light Is My Voice: Images, Legends, and Abstractions
Photographs by Todd Weinstein

Now on view until Dec. 22
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
28123 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, Michigan

“Weinstein’s most recent exhibition, Light Is My Voice, currently on view at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, MI, through December 22nd, represents the culmination of three thematic bodies of work: Re-emergence of Jewish life in Modern day Germany, The 36 Unknown, and Faces of the Prophets.

In his remarks at the opening on September 20th, Executive Director Stephen M. Goldman stated, “This may be the best one person exhibition we have had to date.” Mr. Weinstein had previously exhibited The Re-Emergence of Jewish Culture in Germany at Janice Charach Epstein Gallery in 1996 and the 36 Unknown portfolio in 2004 at the then newly opened Holocaust Memorial Center. This is the first exhibition of The Prophets. I sat down with Todd Weinstein with a few questions.”

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By Lauren Katz for NPR

What do you get when you combine a computer science background with Judaica? A 3-D printed kippah.

Craig Kaplan, an associate professor in the Computer Graphics Lab at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, rarely leaves the house without his Panama hat in warmer weather.

He wanted to design a 3-D printed version of the traditional hat, but he decided to start with an easier shape to reproduce: a yarmulke, or kippah — a plate-shaped head covering worn by observant Jews.

“After that,” he says, “it was just a matter of working through the mathematics — programming and 3-D modeling to make these kippah designs a reality.”

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From the team behind comes Custom & Craft, a new site for publishing your own Shabbat services and Jewish celebrations. Soon, you’ll be able to mix and match prayers, songs, and artwork for Friday night service, Havdalah, mealtime gatherings, and more. Find out more at

We are currently accepting submissions for artwork from Jewish artists who wish to engage with ritual and Jewish culture, especially Shabbat. If you have already created such work, we would love to see it and share it with our audience! We can also supply a small fee for artists who create work for us. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Community Coordinator Melissa Karlin. We would be happy to speak with you more about our website, services and how your artwork will be shared and used in our initiative.

We strongly encourage visual artists, writers and performers to apply. Please submit by providing a link to your portfolio website or images in file attachment to [email protected]


Almost 200 pieces of art will be on display from Will Deutsch, Corrie Siegel and Hillel Smith! And while this isn’t happening at the official NCJW thrift store, we’re paying homage by creating a pop up thrift store right in the venue! That’s right! You’ll be able to purchase previously loved goods and art prints from the artists themselves!

Sunday, October 26, 2014
1:00pm – 4:00pm
NCJW 543 North Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90048

Novelist’s journey back to his Jewish heritage inspires movie based on hassidic legend’s teachings, featuring Israeli star Yehuda Barkan.

This article originally appeared in Arutz Sheva.

Photo by Tzvi Fishman

Photo by Tzvi Fishman

Novelist Tzvi Fishman has discovered a new way of doing t’shuva (repentance) during this High Holiday season. He’s making a movie.

The Rambam (Maimonides) writes that to do complete repentance, a person has to go back to the place where he sinned and refrain from doing the same misdeeds which he did in the past. Fishman hasn’t gone back to Hollywood, but he has gone back to his old profession of making movies.

After a thirty year hiatus, he’s directing and producing a feature film starring Yehuda Barkan, Israel’s all-time box-office champ, and winner of this year’s prestigious Ofir Award for lifetime achievement in the Arts. The movie is based on four stories of the Hassidic Master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and it also stars Fishman’s old friend from Hollywood, Daniel Dayan, the fellow who got Tzvi interested in Torah way back then in Tinsel Town.

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