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Pandemic Related Mental Health Resources

Dr. Shelly Cohen’s Top 10 ways to Stay Healthy/Positive During Pandemic

  • Keep a routine
  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Eat well
  • Help others where you can
  • Refrain from reading the news all day
  • Stay connected to others
  • Get help if you’re feeling overwhelmed from a mental health provider.
  • Try to find meaning for yourself during this time.
  • Take vacation
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Secrets: Maury Ornest’s Hidden Art

Serets: Maury Ornest’s Hidden Art

January 19 – March 5, 2019



MAURY ORNEST – March 4, 1960-July 31, 2018

Maury Ornest’s many talents took him from the baseball diamond to the artist’s easel. Born in Vancouver, Canada, he was the youngest of four children of Harry and Ruth Ornest.

Fun-loving, creative, and bright, Maury became a star player who attended college and played minor league baseball until injuries ended his career.
When Maury was 23, he began working in the business office for his father, who had recently bought the St. Louis Blues hockey team and arena. 27

Over the next few years, Maury began to experience paranoia and delusions. He suffered a psychotic break. His life changed almost overnight. While searching desperately for effective treatment, he began to paint.

Despite the isolation he experienced, he was an eternal optimist, evident in the joyous nature, wit and vibrant colors of his paintings. Upon his death from heart disease, his family discovered some 1400 paintings and journals in his Beverly Hills home studio and storage units.


Broadway World
One Woman Art Show



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Secrets – Maury Ornest’s Hidden Art

Secrets – Maury Ornest’s Hidden Art

Jan. 19 – March 5, 2019



Sacred Resistance

Laurie Katz Yehia

Inspired by sacred texts, philosophy and literature, Yehia’s work explores the nature of

what we see and how we respond. Her mixed media paintings and constructions with re-

purposed objects encourage seeing beyond the habitual or status quo. At the same time,

the work is to be experienced simply as “what is,” which is something other than

language and incapable of precise understanding.

“Song of Songs” (2009), one of a series of oil paintings with mixed media on linen

canvas, was inspired by Old Testament passages and by passages of Radiance Sutras

from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Sutra 3. Layered, graffiti-like markings on plaster

evoke the texts graphically, while dissolving and tessellated imagery evoke their themes

of dispersement and re-unification with the Divine.

The “Purgatory” series was inspired by imagery and themes in Dante’s The Divine

Comedy. “Purgatory” (2011) re-ˇcontextualizes Dante’s 14th century allegorical poem of

spiritual growth and salvation, which in contemporary lexicon is about personal growth

and transformation through the integration of unconscious “shadows” with enlightened

“consciousness.” The painting’s surface grew out of a searching process that included

burning, scraping and sanding as well as applying tar, marble sand and oil paint.

“Adamantine” (2011) evokes the first of three steps leading up to Purgatory, described

by Dante as: “White marble…I saw myself reflected as I was.” (Canto IX, 94-ˇ96). Oil

paint and plaster are mixed with white marble sand to take on properties of white marble,

known for its relative resistance to shattering and capacity for taking on a reflective

polish. “Lethe” (2011) refers to the “sacred river,” which washes away all memory of sin

in Dante’s Earthly Paradise. The surface of thick oil paint, tar and marble sand was

inspired by “the heavenly forest thick with living green” where the inexhaustible stream

“flows dark, very dark, beneath an everlasting shade…” (Canto XXVIII, 2, 31-ˇ32).

“Empyrean” (2012) combines white oil paints, gesso, vellum and paper to express the

realm of light, geometry and “the fusion of all things” in the highest heaven of Dante’s

Paradise. (Canto XXXIII, 92).

“Light Emerging” (2013) invites contemplation of the relationship between object and art

as well as between materiality and energy. In “Switches” (2013), re-purposed objects

become repetitive forms with a minimal palette and invite shifts in perspective of

function, aesthetic value and meaning. Light switches suggest being empowered to turn

energy on and off. “Ex Nihilo” (2017) is constructed with re-purposed wall switch plates,

without the switches. Empty spaces in the plates, and the central oil painting surrounded

by blank plates, evoke an inherent power to “switch” – and to create something from

nothing. Repetition and variation in the wall plates of “Awakening” (2017) explore

geometries, colors and values associated with the energy of intention, awareness and

action. The “Sacred Resistance” series (2018) are single wall switch plates painted and

mounted on wood panels. Each one envisions being empowered to “flip the switch” in

troubled times.

June, 2018


Broadway World
One Woman Art Show



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The Way Home Art Show

The Way Home Art Show

June 6,  2019




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Passover 2020 Recipes from Amelia Saltsman

Braised Lamb Shanks (SJK page 192) VIEW

Pure and Simple Brisket (SJK page 44) VIEW

Late Spring Chicken-in-a-Pot (SJK page 225) VIEW

Roasted Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes ( SJK page 47) VIEW

Iraqi charoset (SJK p 171) VIEW

Steamed Fennel, Carrots, and Radishes with Passover Herb Salsa Verde VIEW

Four matzah kugels to die for VIEW

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Attending JWT’s Southern Tour Performances

We hope to see you at one of our stops on our tour of the South! Each venue has it’s own RSVP/Registration/Ticketing process so see below for instructions if you would like to attend a particular performance!

Hear about the tour on the JWT Podcast!

Sun. Nov. 10 – Columbus, Georgia

The Art of Forgiveness @ 7:00pm
Location: Temple Israel, 1617 Wildwood Ave., Columbus, GA 31906
To attend, please contact Debbie Anderson by email at

Mon. Nov. 11 – Tallahassee, Florida

Matzo Ball Diaries @ 7:00pm
Location: Temple Israel, 2215 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32308
To attend, click here or email

Tue. Nov. 12 – Pensacola, Florida

Matzo Ball Diaries @ 7:00pm
Location: Temple Beth-El, 800 N Palafox St., Pensacola, Fl, 32501
To attend, payment will be accepted at the door. For questions, please email

Wed. Nov. 13 – Mobile, Alabama

The Art of Forgiveness @ 7:00pm
Location: Ahavas Chesed Synagogue, 705 Regents Way, Mobile, AL, 36609
To attend, please call the synagogue office at 251-343-6010

Thu. Nov. 14 – Metairie, Louisiana

Matzo Ball Diaries @ 7:30pm
Location: Shir Chadash, 3737 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, LA, 70002
To attend, please call the synagogue office at 504-889-1144

Fri. Nov. 15 – Jackson, Mississippi

Matzo Ball Diaries @ 6:15pm (abbreviated Shabbat service, followed by dinner and performance)
Location: Beth Israel Congregation, 5315 Old Canton Rd, Jackson, MS 39211
To attend, please email

Sat. Nov. 16 – Memphis, Tennessee

Matzo Ball Diaries @ 8:00pm
Location: Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38138
To attend, please click here or contact Marcy Stagner, Program Director of Cultural Arts and Adult Services at

Sun. Nov. 17 – Knoxville, Tennessee

Matzo Ball Diaries @ 6:30pm
Location: Heska Amuna Synagogue, 3811 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
To attend, please email


JWT thanks The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation for helping to fund this tour, bringing Jewish culture to the small towns of the South!  We also thank The Institute of Southern Jewish Life for helping us to realize this awesome undertaking!
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NTJ Challenge

Are you up for The Not That Jewish Challenge?!?
Ready to win a free 3-show subscription to our 2020 Salon Season?!?
Here’s how it works!

Step 1: Refer a friend to buy tickets to Not That Jewish either through Goldstar or our Box Office. Both are accepted for the challenge!

Step 2: Have your friend mention your name at check-in. If that friend has 2 people in their party, you get 2 points. If that friend has 3 people in their party, you get 3 points, and so on…

Step 3: WIN! Whoever has received the most referral points after the closing performance on September 12th gets a FREE 3-SHOW SUBSCRIPTION TO OUR 2020 SALON SEASON (a $125 value!)

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George Washington Letter

On October 28th, one day after the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, the following dramatization of a 1790 letter from George Washington to the congregants of the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, RI was performed was performed at a home in Brentwood, CA during our annual Fall Party to kick off our 11th Season. The compilation of pieces, arranged into our signature style of salon theatre, is called JEWS IN AMERICA.

The piece was adapted and written into the show months earlier…

A Letter from Washington to Hebrew Congregation
by President George Washington


To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, 18 August 1790


While I received, with much satisfaction, your Address, replete with expressions of affection and esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport.

The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet, from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security. If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good Government, to become a great and a happy people. The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my Administration, and fervent wishes for my felicity. May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.

George Washington

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Mixografia – Chutzpah & Salsa Art Show

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Gallery at the Braid is showcasing five Jewish Latino artists: Arnold Belkin, Fanny Rabel, Gunther Gerzso, Mathias Goeritz and Pedro Friedeberg.   

The artwork hails from the collection of Mixografia, a Los Angeles-based fine arts lithographer and publisher.  Mixografia is known for its expansion of the realm of printmaking by incorporating dimensionality and relief into a traditionally two-dimensional medium.  It is a third generation family business, originally named Taller de Grafica Mexicana, and founded by Luis and Lea Remba, Mexican-Jewish printmakers from Mexico City.

Working with several local artists, the Rembas developed a process that allows artists to print in relief while registering the artwork’s texture and fine surface detail. Their innovations required them to invent a new kind of paper and papermaking machinery.  These artistic and mechanical inventions led to the creation of Mixographia and inspired the renaming of the studio. After being invited to organize an exhibition of Mixographia’s prints at UCLA, the Rembas opened an L.A. studio in the 80’s. Mixographia’s new techniques have redefined the category of “print” allowing artists greater conceptual possibilities, greater creative freedom and possibility.

Participating artists have major historical significance in Mexico and the United States.  Belkin and Rabel were two of Mexico’s great muralists. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Belkin immigrated to Mexico to study and be closer to the political public art of great Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera. He produced 28 major public murals and many easel works that reflected his commitment to showing humanity’s most controversial and sometimes painful experiences. Also a muralist, Rabel was born in Poland and moved to Mexico City in 1937 when WWII began. Her murals were often characterized by the display of anguish toward oppression and inherent catastrophe that accompanied the mega-growth of her new home.

Gunther Gerzso is Mexico’s most significant 20th Century Abstractionist.  His body of work incorporates Cubism, Surrealism, references to pre-Columbian art and the varied landscapes of Mexico.  Another Mexican emigrant, Mathias Goeritz was originally a German painter and sculptor. He emigrated to Spanish Morocco, then Mexico and became a professor of visual education and drawing in Guadalajara. He continued to sculpt, participate in and organize prestigious group exhibitions that made him a leading figure in the development of modern art in Mexico.  Friedeberg came to Mexico to escape Mussolini. He is the inventor of several styles of architecture that reflect social problems and cloud formations. His architecture, he hoped, will make people laugh.


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