PJCC Art Gallery

Located in the Koret Learning Center hall, the Art Gallery at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center is committed to showcasing the works of talented Jewish artists as well as presenting exhibits that explore Jewish values, themes and ideas. Our exhibits are designed to stimulate personal thought and lively conversations among our members and guests. Exhibits are free and open to the public!

The PJCC Art Gallery Presents


A LABA BAY Group Show
Curated in Partnership with the JCC East Bay and Osher Marin JCC

January 12 – March 19, 2023

About the Exhibit

Two Jews, three opinions. This essential, dialectical Jewish trait of having something to say about everything has long been good for Jewish scholarship and art. The art featured in this exhibition comes from ten LABA BAY fellows in conversation with specific texts from the Jewish canon placed alongside their works.

LABA BAY is a non-religious, Jewish house of study and culture laboratory which uses classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of art, dialogue, and study.

The creative output from LABA BAY pushes the boundaries of what Jewish art can be and what Jewish texts can teach. LABA means “lava” in Hebrew and reflects the way in which art and culture can bring experiences from deep below the surface, both in the past and in our psyches, into day-to-day life. By presenting Judaism’s rich literary and intellectual tradition in a free and creative setting, these stories and ideas spark new thought and art. LABA BAY is one of five LABAs around the world, with others located in New York, Buenos Aires, Berlin, and Tel Aviv.

Special thanks to Sarah Wolfman-Robichaud and Jessica Rosenberg.

The PJCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. We are honored to present this exhibit through the Taube Center for Jewish Peoplehood at the PJCC.

About the Artists
Lauren Ari is an artist and educator based in Richmond, California. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from UC Davis after undergraduate study at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her primary focus is on drawing and sculpture. Lauren’s work is in the permanent collections of the Legion of Honor Achenbach Foundation and the de Young Museum. The foundation of my art is drawing and storytelling. In the drawing I choose specific places or people that I want to highlight. It is an intuitive process; I don’t set out with an agenda, method or finished piece in mind. Circumstances happen, I listen and follow with curiosity.

Kyle Adler is an award-winning professional photographer specializing in travel, performing arts, and culture, and based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work is unified by a passion for capturing the unique spirit of each place and its people. Kyle’s overarching goal as an artist, author, and educator is to tell stories visually that advocate for positive social change.

Kyle is a recent winner of the prestigious international competition, Travel Photographer of the Year, and he was shortlisted for the National Geographic Travel Photography competition. He was selected in a 2019 worldwide search by Digital Photo Pro Magazine as one of three Emerging Professionals. He is a 2021 LABA Artist Fellow. Kyle’s work has been published and exhibited widely in the US and around the world.

Hagit Cohen is a mixed media artist living in Berkeley CA. Her large-scale images of seed-pods, driftwood, and other overlooked natural objects give them a surprising agency. Her work shows that even the most fragile elements in nature can take center stage and hold power in the campaign for the survival of life on the planet. She creates installations that are made with printed imagery on silk, satin and meshed fabrics to evoke ritual experience. These installations act as “sacred spaces” and invite the viewer to dwell in the realm between the physical and spiritual worlds. Her images express the inherent tension that exists in the living world, between fragility and strength and foster an awareness of the interconnectedness between ourselves and the natural world. The pieces on display are visual commentaries on the biblical text I studied with LABA, on the theme of Chosen, followed by study of Parashat Shmini with Rabbi Jessica Meyer.

Naomie Kremer is a painter, video artist, and stage designer. She has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Her work is in many collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the US Embassy, Beijing, China.

Kremer’s imagery, though largely abstract, is based in the real world–incorporating nature, architecture, language, letterforms, and the human figure, drawing from a wide range of sources including art history, music, poetry and literature. She also combines painting and video projection in what she calls “Hybrid Paintings.” Her video-based set designs include the San Francisco production of Tristan and Isolde, by Richard Wagner; Alcina, by GF Handel, performed in Acre, Israel; the world premiere production of The Secret Garden co-commissioned by San Francisco Opera and Cal performances; Light Moves, a collaboration with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Contact Modernism Gallery info@modernisminc.com to commission an original Ketubah by Naomie Kremer.

Anne Germanacos writes and makes things in San Francisco, on Crete, and in Jerusalem.

Avital Meshi is a New-Media and Performance artist whose work focuses on AI technology. Meshi examines the influence of AI on our behavior and our social environment. She invites viewers to intermingle with the technology and see how they are being seen through its lens. Inspired by New and Relational Aesthetics ideas, her goal is to encourage people to find their own agency when confronted with technology. Meshi is a Ph.D. student at the Performance Studies Graduate Group at UC Davis. She holds an MFA from the Digital Arts and New Media program at UC Santa Cruz and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also holds a BSc and an MSc in behavioral biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She currently lives and works in the San-Francisco Bay Area.

Rachel Berger is a graphic designer and Miriam Dym is a visual-systems artist. Rachel and Miriam met as fellows in the 2020 cohort of LABA East Bay. Since then, they have collaborated on a range of projects. In 2021 they received a Berkeley Civic Arts Commission grant to work with middle school students to explore the past, present, and possible futures for the city of Berkeley. In 2022, their Mappa project was awarded a Shmita prize.

Ava Rosen is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, musician and educator living in Oakland, CA on Lisjan Ohlone land. Ava earned an M.F.A. in Book Art and Creative Writing from Mills College, co-founded Open Windows Cooperative, a shared art space in San Francisco, and teaches Jewish values through art at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. Ava plays bass and sings with bands Galore and Healing Potpourri. As a naturalist, Ava is passionate about bridging art, nature, and education; her work is firmly grounded in the belief that art is a powerful tool that can support personal and collective healing, and inspire stewardship of our more-than-human community.

Leah Koransky is an artist and graphic designer working with photography, collage, printmaking, and painting. She uses light, color, and form to explore the relationship between place and self. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA and her BA from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and in 2020 she co-founded Deep Time Press︎, an independent publishing imprint that focuses on concepts of time and place. She lives and works in Berkeley.

Ri Dym In this embodied life, I’m apparently a visual artist who, years of making things notwithstanding, categorizes my practice as concerning systems-and-process. Lately, literal and conceptual dematerialization (aka Dymaterializations) has taken precedence in my general approach.

I’ve generated system inquiries that ranged from mildly lyrical—can I make a fictitious map convincing?—to solution-oriented—how might I transform all household trash into new, raw material? This work comes from a fascination with complexity, possibly arbitrarily. For years, focused on isolated parts, I wasn’t aware that I was creating sprawling systems. (This isn’t (yet) a category on, say, grant applications or in art departments.) When I figured out what I was up to, the shift in perception allowed me to know and to name the systems.

Based in California, I’ve shown at museums and galleries in the US and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and SFMOMA, which has one or more of my pieces in the permanent collection, Susanne Vielmetter, PØST-LA, and Pierogi. Residencies include The Watermill (Long Island), Cité des Arts (Paris), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley) and Stanford University Digital Art Center. In 2018, several drawings I created in the 1990s were in “Contraption” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. I was a 2020 LABA East Bay Fellow.


The PJCC is immensely grateful to our visionary donors.

The PJCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood.

We are honored to present this program through the Taube Center for Jewish Peoplehood at the PJCC.

Programs at the PJCC are made possible in part through generous support from our donors. To learn more or make a contribution, visit pjcc.org/donate.

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