Celebrating JFGMW’s first 100 years through art

Celebrating JFGMW’s first 100 years through art

The Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is marking 100 years of building community with the opening of “Community Connections: A Juried Art Exhibit.” The exhibit will run from March 14 to April 14, at the Heidi Gallery, 310 Eisenhower Parkway, in Livingston. Carrie Nussbaum and Ann Schaffer are co-chairing the committee — still in formation — that includes Arlene Brafman, Jacie Civins, Jessica Gantman, Jared Green, Lora Hersh, Ann Leeb, Merle Lomrantz, Rachel Klinghoffer Marcus, Alexis Rubinstein, Marilynn Schneider, Rachel G. Wilf, and Rita Yohalem.

Artists from across the Greater MetroWest community submitted works on the theme of “community connections” that encourage, challenge, educate, and expand perspectives. The visual art aims to share stories and traditions inspired by the Jewish community of Greater MetroWest today and in the future. The exhibit features local and Israeli artists, artists with and without disabilities, both high school students and adults.

Exhibiting artists are Susan Adler, Rachel Fawn Alban, Gary Berson, Hope Blecher, Sarah Brenneman, Ali Brief, Anne Burg, Jessica Cavaliere, Lisa Cerny, Ivie Drogin, Noa Elran, Karen Engelmeyer, Amanda Esteves, Rebecca Gartman, Beth Heit, Miriam Jacobs, Tatyana Kazakova, Randy Keenan, Mara Kimowitz, Yael Klein, Rachel Laufer, Joyce Levy, Lori Loebelsohn, Mark Lubinsky, Monica Mangan, Bella Manoim, Jennifer Anne Moses, Sophia Nehmer, Paulina Olivares, Doron Orgil, Ksenija Lea Tiferet Kostic Pecaric, Katharine Philip, Jennifer Dann Phillips, Jamie Plissner, Jennifer Radin, Jenny Reinhardt, Erica Resnick, Shana Rubin, Alexis Rubinstein, Margie Samuels, Janet Scharfstein, Michelle Schneider, Andrew Schwartz, Cary Silverman, Judy Reisen Skillman, Jennifer Skopp, Kari Smith, Jeff Sternstein, Shari-Beth Susskind, Peter Syak, Isabell Villacis, and Jon Weiman.

Centennial event sponsors are the Iris Family in honor of the late Milly and Herb Iris and Judy Targan. Centennial Diamond sponsors are the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ; Sally Gottesman in honor of her parents, Paula and Jerry z”l Gottesman; the Mandelbaum and Goldberg Family; UJA Benefit Concert Supporting Foundation of JCF; and Wilf Family Foundations. The Centennial is led by its chair, Jane Wilf; Terri Friedman and Maxine Schwartz are vice chairs of local community engagement. Federation and foundation leaders include the president of the JFGMW, Michael Goldberg, and the president of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest, Steven D. Levy, president.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 28; Monday, April 8; and Wednesday, April 10. A gallery closing reception is set for Sunday, April 14, from noon to 3 p.m.

For information, go tojfedgmw.org/community-connections-art-exhibit or email Rebecca Wanatick at rwanatick@jfedgmw.org or call (973) 929-3129.

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