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March 9, 2021


BLOOD, FIRE AND PILLARS OF SMOKE - Passover Art



With artists Mark Podwal, Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer



Tuesday March 9, 12 -1 pm ET.



ZOOM link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84740318518 

More info about the event:

https://jewishartsalon.org/2021/02/28/blood-fire-and-pillars-of-smoke/


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Now on video: Tu B'Shevat Museum Moment with Cynthia Beth Rubin and myself.


VIDEO: https://youtu.be/7JlyE52-prQ


Jewish Museum Milwaukee and Jewish Art Salon present: Museum Moments: Explore the art of "Tu B'Shevat" with Jewish Art Salon artists Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer.


In these 15 minutes Cynthia and I talk about the upcoming holiday of Tu B' Shevat (New Year for the Trees), and show our latest collaborative art work (with web developer Kris Tonski) related to this theme.


The session was moderated by Molly Dubin, Curator of the Jewish Museum Milwaukee.



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Curatorial

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I moderated and / or helped organize 20 virtual art events in 2020. To be continued in 2021.


Several have been posted so far on YouTube


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Press

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Featured in an article by Joanne Palmer



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Exhibitions

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Featured in the exhibition Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth at the Charter Oak Cultural Center.


The exhibit opens online, Monday November 16 at 6:30pm with a talk by guest curator Ori Z. Soltes.


The exhibition was previously shown at the third Jerusalem Biennale and traveled afterwards to the Derfner Museum in Riverdale, NY.



My artwork Book of Yona 5 is a collaboration with Katarzyna Kozera and features augmented reality videos related to the theme.

30 x 24 inches, acrylic on canvas with AR


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Art At First presents Save the Earth

October 7 - November 7, 2020


“Artists remind us of the reverence and awe we hold for nature, and respond with a call to action.” 


I am exhibiting two artworks, a collaboration with artist Katarzyna Kozera, addressing the theme of animal rights; whales in danger of ocean pollution and commercial whaling.


Book of Yona 15, Acrylic on Canvas

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“Origins + Journeys”


Cynthia Beth Rubin, Kris Tonski, Yona Verwer


A juried online exhibition organized by ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts HERE




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Live-streamed Cultural Productions

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I am the program advisor on a series of virtual art studio visits with artists, curators and scholars.

October - December 2020





















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I am organizing virtual art studio visits with artists, curators and scholars.

Sundays, April - Mid July 2020    More info



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Advisory Board


I joined the JADA Art Advisory Team



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Exhibitions

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“i am. an immigrant”


The Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany

March 5-26, 2020. Opening March 5, 6-9pm. Curated by Dorit Jordan Dotan

I am exhibiting Book of Yona, 10’ x 10”, print on paper, a collaboration with Katarzyna Kozera


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“JADA Art Fair” at Miami Art Week

December 6-8, 2019


I am exhibiting “Book of Yona 8”, a collaboration with Katarzyna Kozera

This artwork deals with conversion and immigration, weaving together the life of Jonah the prophet with my own coming-of-age story.


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“On The Consequences of Hate Speech” at the PJCC

September 11- November 24, 2019


I am exhibiting “Urim & Tumim 7”, a collaboration with Katarzyna Kozera.


We present this work as the antidote to hate speech: a direct connection with a higher source. The Urim and Tumim were part of a biblical tool of prophecy known as “The Breastplate of Judgment.” In Biblical times, during war and national crisis, this breastplate was worn and consulted by the Jewish High Priest. Upon meditation, individual letters would sparkle to display prophetic messages: text messages from above! These talismanic devices guide us to a more elevated way of living / speaking.


More info on the exhibition here


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Presentations

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Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference

San Diego, CA


Contemporary Jewish Art Organizations: A New Dynamic


December 17, 3:15pm

Chair: Richard McBee

Panelists: Ruth Weisberg (JAI), Yona Verwer (JAS), Doug Rosenberg (Conney Conference)

Photos by
Natasha Goldman, PhD

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Conney Conference at the 92 Street Y, NYC


Anti-Semitism and Jewish Art Today 

April 2, 10:00-11:00am


Moderator: Ruth Weisberg.

Panelists: Yona Verwer, Richard McBee, Phillip Schwartz, and Max Kulchinsky.















Anti-Semitism has reasserted itself as a primary international factor in 21st

Century Jewish life. Contemporary artists members of the Jewish Art Salon have responded forcefully to this wide-ranging existential threat. Some have documented the shocking parallels of Nazi era abuses and current European desecrations; one young artist charts his coming-of-age awareness in anti-Semitic symbols and memes, another explores the clash between LGBTQ rally and pro-Israeli sentiments while another constructs orthodox observance as a vehicle for resistance and mourning for the Pittsburg Synagogue massacre.

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Spinoza In Our Time

April 1, 9:00-10:00am


Moderator: Ori Z. Soltes.

Panelists: Yona Verwer, Cynthia Beth Rubin, David Wander,

Lenore Cohen, Judith Joseph and Goldie Gross.


















The panel will take up some of the thinking that shaped the exhibition, Spinoza: Marrano of Reason, which opened on March 7 in two venues in Amsterdam. The exhibit offers the work of a diversity of artists—from the Netherlands, the United States, Israel, and Colombia—who addressed a diversity of issues that resonate from the story of the brilliant 17th-century Dutch Jewish philosr


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Press / publications

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“Modern Jewish Art” by Ori Z. Soltes features several paragrahs on my series Kabbala of Bling. Published by Brill.




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Mosaic Magazine, May 24, 2019


There’s plenty of significant contemporary Jewish art hiding in plain sight.

By Richard McBee



.... "Hundreds of artists are hiding in plain sight in America, Israel, and elsewhere. Indeed, over the last decade, many of them have banded together to organize a vibrant community. To name but the two largest organizations in the U.S., the Jewish Artists Initiative, based in Los Angeles, was founded in 2004 by Ruth Weisberg and currently has 125 members; in New York, the more loosely organized Jewish Art Salon, created in 2008 by Yona Verwer, has approximately 300 artists located mainly in the United States and Israel.".......




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Parool, March 7, 2019


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Art At The Heart Of Stanton St. Revival, by Shira Hanau, NY Jewish Week, January 16, 2019


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Echoes” Of Dutch Anti-Semitism, Then And Now by Sandee Brawarsky

NY Jewish Week, December 26, 2018































































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