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Workshops, screening & lectures by Tobi Kahn, Siona Benjamin, Saul Sudin, Julian Voloj and Joel Silverstein.

These events, organized by the Jewish Art Salon, will be hosted in New York in partnership with Ycrop and RJeneration.

These programs are sponsored by Center Without Walls, a project of COJECO, funded by the UJA-Federation of NY and Genesis Philanthropy Group.


December: event in collaboration with RJeneration.

More info soon.


Judaism, Comic Books and Their Creators
Make your own comic book art. 
No art background needed.

Join us for brunch! Sunday May 18 at 12 pm

From the creation of Superman to Maus and The Rabbi’s Cat, Jews have played a fundamental role in the comics industry and Jewish themes have come up in the most unlikely of places. This lecture / workshop highlights 80 years of comic book history and the impact of Judaism upon it.

Make your own comic book page! Participants will receive sheets of drawing vellum, pencils and markers, as personal narratives will be explored. No art experience necessary!

Presenter: Joel Silverstein in conjunction with his exhibit Superheroes, Autobiography & Religion.

12:00 Buffet brunch (bagels & vodka) - view the Superheroes art exhibit

12:30 Lecture / workshop. No art experience necessary.


$8 with paypal (paypal email address:
$10 Cash at door (RSVP to

Hadas Gallery, Rohr Center at the Pratt Institute.
541 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11205
(between Steuben & Emerson, across from the Pratt Store).
Phone: 718 866 6815


Program made possible through the COJECO Center Without Walls initiative, sponsored by the UJA-Federation of NY and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

This event is a collaboration between YCROP(Young Creative Russians Online Portfolios) and the Jewish Art Salon.

Buses B54, B62 to Myrtle Ave & Steuben St.

G Train to Classon Ave: Exit near intersection of CLASSON Ave and LAFAYETTE Ave. Start out going North on CLASSON Ave towards DEKALB Ave.
Keep going. Turn left onto MYRTLE Ave.


The Anne Frank Center USA, RJeneration & Jewish Art Salon invite you to

Documenting Diaspora
Illustrated talk with artist Julian Voloj.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6 to view the Faith & Form art exhibit.
Join award winning photographer Julian Voloj for a discussion and presentation on Jewish émigré communities from around the globe.

The Anne Frank Center USA.

44 Park Place, between Church St & West Broadway.

New York, NY 10007

More info & tickets here

As part of Faith & Form, the current Jewish Art Salon exhibition at The Anne Frank Center USA, the German-born photographer and writer Julian Voloj will present an illustrated talk exploring themes inherent to his work. For over two decades Voloj has documented Jewish diaspora and Jewish heritage sites in countries as diverse as Cuba, Lithuania, and Morocco. His portrait photography includes depictions of African-Americans who adopted Judaism in an attempt to foster identity; Hasidic Jews recreating Eastern European shtetls in the heart of Brooklyn; World War II veterans from the former Soviet Union, as well as B’nai Anusim reclaiming their heritage.
Documenting Diaspora is a unique opportunity to view the highlights of Julian Voloj’s remarkable portfolio, and to learn more about the diverse Jewish communities he photographs. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a reception.

Note: The last RJeneration/Jewish Art Salon workshop with artist Tobi Kahn sold out early, so we encourage you to register well in advance here. 


Mezuzot by Tobi Kahn
RJeneration and the Jewish Art Salon invite you to 

Tobi Kahn's 
Exploring Identity - Creating your own mezuzah
Meet this internationally acclaimed artist in his own studio where we will discuss the art, traditions, and superstitions surrounding the Mezuzah. 

Believed to have been used as far back as the Second Temple period, before the year 70 CE, mezuzot vary a greatly but all contain a prayer scroll inside of a shell.  At this workshop you will learn about both aspects and have a chance to write your own “prayer” and customize a mezuzah shell, an original creation of Tobi’s studio. 

Why is it customary to kiss the mezuzah? What are some original materials from which people have made mezuzot? What does the scroll actually say? When you move into a home and want to replace an existing mezuzah with your own, how do you dispose of the old? Have your questions answered, then customize your own mezuzah to reflect your life and values, both in content and imagery.

Program Schedule:
6:00-6:15 Tobi Kahn's guided tour of his studio and art projects.
6:15-8:00 The mezuzah: history, practices, superstitions, and artistic customization.

This program is a partnership between the Jewish Art Salon and RJeneration. You will receive an original mezuzah, made by Tobi Kahn’s Studio, as well as a catalog of his 9/11 exhibit (containing photos and essays from an incredible community project). Refreshments will be served.

More about our artist host and presenter Tobi Kahn here.


Detail of Megillat Esther by Siona Benjamin
RJeneration and Jewish Art Salon invite you to


RJeneration: Born in the Soviet Union, Made in the USA, is  a social and cultural alcove for “RuJews 25-40 years of age.” It offers Shabbat dinners, social gatherings, literary readings, and film screenings to address the diverse needs and interests of its community. It strives to be inclusive of a wide spectrum of cultural, spiritual, and intellectual pursuits.

Jewish Art Salon partners with RJeneration to invite you to "Finding Home: “Parallels in mythology from around the world”. 
An event for you as the writer and teller of your own life story.
This lecture and workshop will bridge world mythologies to individual stories.
Siona Benjamin, a painter from Bombay, living in the US, connects mythology to personal stories in a sensitive and though provoking way. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India.

Siona will compare mythological stories like the Indian Matsya, Jonah and the fish, Noah’s Ark, Aleksandr Pushkin’s “The tale of the fisherman”, and Gilgamesh, a Babylonian myth from 2000 BC. We will discuss the science/geology of the “flood” or massive change. Participants will bring ideas and objects from home that speak of their family, culture, religion, identity, transformations. In a facilitated journey, participants will connect the parallels in mythologies of the world with their own personal stories. 

WhenDecember 4, 6 PM. 6:00 - 6:30 PM - Light buffet dinner 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Program
Where: Tribeca Synagogue For The Arts Gallery 49 White Street, New York, NY 10013


Ycrop and Jewish Art Salon invite you to 

a screening of the acclaimed documentary Punk Jews. 

Meet producers Saul Sudin and Evan Kleinman.  

YCROP, Young Creative Russians Online Portfolios, serving safe doses of Russian culture since 2000, organizes live events mostly in venues around NYC and Brooklyn, and include film-video screenings, group exhibits, readings, concerts and dance parties. 

The Jewish Art Salon partners with YCROP to present this screening.

Join us for this unique opportunity to interact with the producers in a cool Lower East Side gallery.

Profiling Hassidic punk rockers, Yiddish street performers, African-American Jewish activists and more, Punk Jews explores an emerging movement of provocateurs and committed Jews who are asking, each in his or her own way, what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. Jewish artists, activists and musicians from diverse backgrounds and communities are defying norms and expressing their Jewish identities in unconventional ways. NY Times review here
When: Monday November 25, 2013. 6 PM - Light buffet dinner & vodka. 6:30 PM - Film. 7:30 PM - Meet the producers.

Where: Central Booking Gallery, 21 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002

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