West Orange, New Jersey –JCC MetroWest will present art exhibits May through August, including Synagogues of Newark, our School of the Arts Celebration and works by painter Sara Greenberg and photographer Ira Nemeroff.
JCC MetroWest’s School of the Arts will be on display in the Gaelen Gallery from May 3-May 19, including pieces from Early Childhood, grade school and adult art classes. Our annual JCC School of the Arts Celebration, which is comprised of an end of the year art exhibit and dance/music recital, will take place on May 19th at 10am at JCC MetroWest, located at 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
Tickets to the May 19th recital are $8 and are available for purchase through the JCC MetroWest Box Office: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=10&p=20
Sara Greenberg’s works will be on display in the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus lower lobby from May through June. Synagogues of Newark will be shown in the Gaelen Gallery East from June through July. A reception to honor both exhibits will be held on Sunday, June 2nd from 11:00am – 1:00pm, which is free and open to the public.
Ira Nemeroff’s photographs will be exhibited in the lower lobby in July and August as well.
Based on extensive archival research in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey, Synagogues of Newark is a first-of-its-kind exhibit. Information on more than 15 synagogues that served as centers of Jewish life in Newark during the first half of the 20th Century, when the Jewish population of Newark numbered more than 50,000, will be on display. The exhibit traces the lineage of each of these synagogues, their founders, their rabbis, key events, and the architectural features of the buildings.
As a Chassidic Jew, Sara Greenberg’s outlook informs all of her work. The subject matter may not be thought of as traditional “Jewish” imagery, but she sees everything in our world as an organic part of Creation. Every aspect of the material world has dimensions of spirituality that can be accessed by anyone, she explains. Educated at The Cooper Union School of Art, Architecture, and Engineering in New York City and the Betzalel Art Institute in Jerusalem, Greenberg has over 35 years of experience as a drawing and painting instructor for students of all ages. Her works have been on exhibit in many venues.
Ira Nemeroff has been a photographer for over 70 years. Nemeroff’’s photographic efforts are concentrated in capturing, and oftentimes interpreting, both natural and man-made forms and shapes. Nemeroff has achieved the Grand Master distinction in the Photographic Society of America (PSA); a ranking reached by less than 25 PSA members in the United States. Nemeroff has won numerous awards: from Best of Show in India, to Gold Medals in the US, England, India, and Serbia, to Silver Medals in Ireland, Argentina, Germany, and Finland.
“I’m excited by the variety of exhibits in the Gaelen Gallery East and the Arts/Theater Lobby from May through August. It reflects the range of interests of both JCC members and the general public. There’s student work, an exhibit of historical interest, a skilled painter and an award-winning photographer; something for everybody,” says Lisa Suss, JCC MetroWest’s Visual Arts Manager.
JCC MetroWest has been a pillar of the community for over 140 years. Nearly 2,000 people come to the J for educational, social, cultural and fitness programs every day. The Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC in West Orange and the day-camp, Camp Deeny Riback, serve an area that covers 400 square miles – from New York City to the east in Essex County and extending to the outlying suburbs of Morris County to the west. Through classes, theater events, the fitness center, summer camps and community-wide festivals JCC MetroWest touches approximately 50,000 people each year. In keeping with Jewish heritage and values, JCC MetroWest is an inclusive community of communities. The J is open to and appreciates people of all ages, genders, races, religions, nationalities, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, education, socioeconomic levels, and political perspectives. The J’s mission is to strengthen the community and add meaning to the lives of those served by connecting them to—and through—shared Jewish experiences.