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PJCC Art Gallery Exhibits

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. It is our hope that along with adorning our walls, the exhibits will serve to stimulate personal thought and lively conversations among our members and guests.

During your next visit to the PJCC stop by our gallery located in our lobby and in the Koret Learning Center hall. Exhibits are free and open to the public!

The PJCC Art Gallery presents

PJCC Community Art Show

Featuring Local Artists Throughout the Peninsula
July 11 - September 17, 2014

Congratulations To Our Winners!


1st Place – Kenneth Mahar – San Francisco Celebrates
2nd Place – Andrea Ewald - Downtown
3rd Place – Bill Moy – Guard Tower

Mixed Media

1st Place – Neil Murphy, Lanikai
2nd Place – Irene Schlesinger, Queen Esther
3rd Place – Eunice Chan, Calla Lilies

Handcrafted Jewelry

1st Place – Julie Long Gallegos, Victorian earrings
2nd Place – Diana Dutton Opal, Fantasy Pendant/Brooch
3rd Place – Rebecca Ferguson, Purple leaf pendant/necklace

Community Choice Award

Jane Henri – Rush Hour


It is with pride that we open the Center’s gallery to showcase a wide variety of local artists in Mixed Media, Jewelry, and Photography.
To purchase works of art, please visit the PJCC Administration office M-F between 8:30 – 5 pm or email
PJCC Members and guests are invited to view the exhibit in the following locations:

Mixed Media: PJCC Lobby and along the Koret Learning Center
Photography: Conference Rm A and the Board Room
Handcrafted Jewelry: Lobby display cabinets

We’d like the community to play one more important role. Where professional local artists/educators will jury the show for the category awards, we’re passing the responsibility of “Community Choice Award” on to you! Please visit the Welcome Center to cast your vote for the Community Choice Award. And be sure to join us for the Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony on August 10 from 2 – 4 pm. RSVPS accepted at 650.212.7522.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to our Community Art Show jurors:
Handcrafted Jewelry – Barbara Berk
Mixed Media – Karen Gutfreund
Photography – Scott Atkinson

Thank you to our Category Sponsors:
Aili Ice Designs, Redwood City
The Cheesecake Factory, San Mateo
Flax Art & Design, San Mateo
General Bead, San Francisco
University Art, Redwood City

Thanks also to Trader Joe’s San Mateo for donating some of our reception treats.

The Artists

The show includes work from the following 85 local artists:
Edna Acri
William Aiken
Alisan Andrews
Peggy Bechtell
Lisa Bernhard
Terry Bohrer
Deborah Boller
Alan Caine
Gabriela Cellini
Eunice Chan
Emily De Martini
Frank De Martini
Wayne Dollemore
Diana Dutton
Marianne Eichenbaum
Sema Erbektas
Sagi Erez
Andrea Ewald
Rebecca Ferguson
Rani Ferreira
Gene Firpo
Roger Fisher
Shirley Foster
Lisa Frey
Frances Freyberg
Sherrie Friedman
Stuart Givot
J.M. Golden
Wendy Golden
Fred Goldman
Herbert Goodman
Elise Grove
Chally Grundwag
Alan Helfen
Susan Helmer
Jane Henri
Neil Hersh
Teresa Hsu
Luis Hurtado-Sanchez
Michael Kash
Nataliia Khimich
Amy Da-Peng King
Judy Kramer
Ute Kuschnereit
Howard Larsen
Beth Lerman
June Levin
Alyssa Levitan
Shauna Liu
Julie Long Gallegos
Kenneth Mahar
Bob May
Jack McElroy
Vicki McGrath
Janice Meyer-Kirkpatrick
Anna Mieczkowska
Krishna Mitra
Bill Moy
Neil Murphy
Laurie Naiman
Stephanie North
Laura Oliphant
Karen Olsen
Kay Podolsky
Alan Rappoport
Evan Reader
Phyllis Ross
Gila Sagy
Daria Salus
Irene Schlesinger
Orit Shilon
Joe Speidel
Melissa Speidel
Bob Stine
Robert Strochak
Sharon Strochak
Janella Thodos
Rachel Tirosh
Tom Traub
Peche Turner
Elena Vaisberg-Targulian
Myrna Wacknov
Marvin Wax
Ellen Weinstein
Eli Yasek

With thanks to our dedicated committee: Debbie Goren*, Audra Greenspan*, Rachel Kardos, Eve Lerman, Sandy Morse and Joan Solomon.
*Denotes PJCC Board Members

Coming Up


Olives in oils and prints
Paintings by Moshe Kassirer and
Photographs by Ofer Nov
October 3 – December 28, 2014

About the Artists
Living among the olive groves of the Galilee provides Moshe Kassirer with a great source of inspiration for his paintings. In his artwork Moshe depicts the ancient scenery of the Galilee and the history of the land of Israel focusing on the olive tree as a dominant theme. For the artist the image of the olive tree represents a sense of rootedness, longevity, survival and strength.
“My paintings relate to the simplicity of man, the naiveté of life, and the beauty of natural landscapes, which are rapidly vanishing from the world.  The ladder that appears in some of my paintings is a practical one, but it also symbolizes the connection between the earthly and the spiritual, between the needs of man, which have become destructive, and the elusive spiritual search, which is beyond our daily material needs”.

Kassirer completed his art studies with a major in painting at Tel Aviv Avni institute of Art studies; he also holds a degree from the Tel Aviv Camera Obscura School.

Currently Moshe Kassirer works and lives in Yodfat, Israel.

As a resident of Galilee for many years, photographer Ofer Nov lives among the olive fields.  Nov spent several years working during the olive harvest, carrying carried bags of olives to the mill and waiting until the oil extraction process was complete. This work gave the artist a lifelong appreciation for the process, scents and atmosphere associated with olive oil production.

“When I take photos I try to be very direct.   I don’t work much with Photoshop.  I try to bring the real, true picture to the viewers.  I love what I do.

In recent years the agricultural field of olive trees and olive oil production has become very popular.  More and more people are interested in growing olive trees and producing olive oil.  Different people gather together, Arabs and Jews working together.  Because of this, it has become a very special segment of people within Israel.

My thanks to the employees at the mill that allowed me to do my work undisturbed. I appreciate the joy of their work, despite the difficulties.”

Nov received his degree in photography with honors at the WIZO College, Haifa, Israel.
For the last 25 years he has worked as a professional, commercial photographer for leading companies worldwide in the fields of science and technology.

This exhibition was produced by artist representative Simcha Moyal.

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