The Jewish Arts Collaborative (501C3) explores and presents the rich, diverse, and creative world of Jewish arts and culture—past, present, and future—to the widest possible audience, in venues across Greater Boston. Through a broad range of programming spanning the traditional to the innovative, JArts™ presents the finest local, national, and international talent creating artistic work with a distinctive Jewish voice.

Read our vision and history HERE.

Staff

Laura Conrad Mandel

Executive Director

lauram (at) jartsboston.org

Favorite Yiddish/Hebrew Word: De-schlockify

Why is art important to you: Art is what makes life beautiful, fun, and interesting 🙂

Laura is a public art appreciator, obsessive maker, and social entrepreneur who developed a love of Jewish culture across years of Jewish day school and trips to Israel. After graduating Carnegie Mellon with a degree in Art and English, Laura began working for Hillel and hasn’t left the non-profit world since.

Laura serves as a MassCreative advisor, and sits on the board of the Council of American Jewish Museums and the JCRC Boston Council.

Joey Baron

Artistic Director

joeyb (at) jartsboston.org

A Significant Arts Memory: Going to NYC with my grandmother to see the original 1964 production of Fiddler on the Roof

Why is art important to you: I love it when you see something, hear something, experience something so wonderful it just makes you glad you’re alive

Joey has been a community organizer, a kite salesman, a flower deliverer, teacher, and daddy. Eight years ago, he gave up an increasingly meaningless career as an advertising creative director to start the Boston Jewish Music Festival with Jim Ball whom he had never even met. Joey grew up in Mattapan and now lives in West Roxbury.

Jim Ball

Director of Communications

jimb (at) jartsboston.org

Three things you want on a desert isle: A trumpet, Collection of Steven Sondheim CDs, the complete works of Phillip Roth

Why is art important to you: Creating–music, art, dance, etc.–is one of the highest forms of existence, as important to humans as eating and breathing. And nothing makes me happier.

Jim grew up in NY & NJ (exit 13), majored in music education in college, moved to Boston in 1971, worked odd jobs and did journalism, landed a job at the Harvard News Office, moved into PR work in state government, for Boston City Council, a stint as press secretary for the MBTA and then the dreaded private sector. All along, kept up my love and involvement with music. Had an idea for Jewish music festival, met Joey Baron and the rest, as they say…

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Yarden Fanta

Director of Production and Partnerships

yardenf (at) jartsboston.org

Three Things You’d Want With You on a Desert Isle: My kids, Rugalach/babka, and Coffee.

Yarden Fanta made Aliyah with her family from Ethiopia to Israel in 1985. Yarden left her Ethiopian village at age 11 and walked into her first classroom in Israel at age 14 without knowing how to read or write. In 2005, she completed her Ph.D. in education, becoming the first Ethiopian woman to earn a doctorate in Israel. She completed her post-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 2012. Yarden is a Toastmasters International 2015-2017 Triple Crown Award Winner where she served as an area and division director. She hosts ‘Zoom In’ at NewTV, MA.  She aspires to strengthen community and leadership, and is excited to continue to serve the community as Director of Production and Partnerships at Jewish Arts Collaborative.

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Rachael Farber

Development Specialist

rachaelf (at) jartsboston.org

Three things you want on a desert isle: Ice cream, a large book collection, and a blanket

Why is art important to you: Art and culture help provide avenues of communication and connection outside of the everyday context. It offers an opportunity to simultaneously connect and disconnect for the verbal world.

Rachael has been slowly making her way up the East Coast, growing up in Baltimore, living in Washington, D.C., spending two years in New York and now loving Boston. She worked in and around the U.S. Capitol before joining the Jewish non-profit world and hasn’t looked back.

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Marissa Kristy

Administrative Manager

marissak (at) jartsboston.org

Three Things You’d Want With You on a Desert Isle: Diet Peach Snapple, sunscreen, unlimited novels

Marissa hails from Los Angeles, CA where she spent the first 18 years of her life taking the sun for granted and seeing live theatre. She joined the ranks of East Coasters when she attended Boston University for an undergraduate degree in Communications and Philosophy. She’s interned and worked in many arts organizations, including Center Theatre Group, the Hollywood Pantages, and Boston Center for the Arts. Marissa is currently pursuing a Masters’ degree in Arts Administration from Boston University, so when she’s not at work or in class, you’ll likely find her asleep. Just kidding! Look for her in the audience of a theatre or in the middle of a tap class.

Leadership & Advisors

Board of Directors

Howard Cohen  (Chair)

Lorre Polinger  (Vice Chair)
David Orlinoff  (Treasurer)
Sari Anne Rapkin  (Vice Treasurer)
Dan Navisky  (Clerk)
Robert L. Beal (Emeritus)
Steven Cohen
Ronald M. Druker (Past Chair)
Kerry Epstein
Jeff Freedman
Lara Freishtat
Harriet Goldin
Rosalind Gorin
Alison Hammer
Morris Housen
Fred Ledley
Bonnie Margulies
Hankus Netsky (Emeritus)
Suzanne G. Priebatsch
Alan Rottenberg
Janet Sanders
James Segel
Barry Shrage
Paula Sidman (Past Chair)
Gerald Slavet  (Past Chair)
Kevin Steinberg
Barry Weisman
Chris Wyett

Think Tanks

Art Think Tank

Abby Goldenthal

Adrien Khelemsky

Alison Hammer

Allyson Steinmetz

Amanda Goodman

Ariel Burger

Ariel Freiberg

Becky Price

Cecilia Kremer

Dani Weinstein

Rabbi Darby Leigh

Eliana Southworth

Elisha Gechter

Emma-Jean Weinstein

Graham Wright

Jesse Brackenbury

Jessica Alpert Silber

Jessica Coughlin

Rabbi Jillian Cameron

Jonathan Sheffi

Joshua Meyer

Karyn Cohen

Liana Krupp

Linda Apple

Melissa Rosen

Randi Hopkins

Sam Gechter

Sid Hutter

Simona Di Nepi

Sonya Highfield

Sophie Hearne

Stas Gayshan

Susannah Lawrence

Rabbi Suzie Jacobson

Tova Speter

Yael Alkalay

Food Think Tank

Alex Khitrik

Avi Shemtov

David Harnik

Dena Kowaloff

Elizabeth Navisky

Ellen Rovner

Emilie Golenberg

Jeff Gabel

Jeff Werner

Jennifer Garrett

Jessica Carbone

Jessica Coughlin

Jessica Alpert Silber

Julie Starr

Lara Freishtat

Liana Krupp

Lizzie Bell

Michael Leviton

Neisha Newburg

Rachel Leah Blumenthal

Rian Handler

Sara Gardner

Simona Gilman

Stef Groner

Sonya Highfield

TheatreWorks Think Tank

Annette Miller

Barbara Grossman

Becky Price

Debbie Block

DeDe Jacobs Komisar

Jesse Garlick

Joshua Luckens

Melia Bensussen

Sara Brookner

Stuart Hecht

Wendy Liebow

Emerging Leaders Council

Co-Chairs Kerry Epstein and Lara Freishtat