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



Panel Discussions


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.


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


Press / publications

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.".......


Parool, March 7, 2019


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


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

NY Jewish Week, December 26, 2018


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“Art and Augmented Reality with artist Yona Verwer”

Sunday, November 18, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Y.U. Museum, 15 West 16 Street, New York, NY 10011.

Explore the creative potential of augmented reality (AR).

First we will create a photo album page or artwork, using paints, pastels, or markers. In addition we will learn the technology of embedding images, or even videos or slide shows, in the page you just made. Looking at the physical art or photo page through the app you can explore these added images, which are visible only when focusing on an area in your work with your smartphone or tablet.

If you choose, you may also incorporate photographic images from Yeshiva University Museum's newest exhibition, Lost & Found A Family Photo Album.

NO art or tech experience necessary!

MUST BRING your own smartphone or tablet, and copies of photographs, videos, or texts.

(You may also bring a laptop for additional ease of using AR.)

Yona’s interest in using AR grew from her collaborative work with new media artists Cynthia Beth Rubin and Katarzyna Kozera.

Some of her recent artworks, collaborations with Katarzyna Kozera, and featuring augmented reality, will be on view at the museum’s education showcase until December 26.

Tickets: $12 general; $8 Y.U. Museum members and Y.U. students, faculty and staff. Tickets here.