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Visual Arts at the Weinstein JCC

Our Mission

The Sara D. November Gallery is committed to expanding and enriching cultural life in Richmond by presenting the finest Jewish artists and Judaic artwork, encouraging the preservation of Jewish culture and heritage and nurturing new creativity in the arts.

Gallery Hours
Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

See below for information about all of this season's gallery shows!

Sara D. November Gallery Exhibit - Hillel Smith: “Parsha Posters”


What story is more vital to Jewish peoplehood than the Torah? “Parsha Posters” is a unique artistic interpretation of the Parsha by Israeli-born artist, Hillel Smith. Begun at Simchat Torah 2015, the Parsha Poster project is a series of posters “advertising” the parshat hashavua (weekly Torah portion). The posters utilize innovative Hebrew typography – each one integrates the Hebrew name of the parsha somehow into the illustration – and a bold, graphic aesthetic to tell Biblical stories in a new way. 

Hillel Smith is an artist and graphic designer focusing on engaging communities with their heritage in innovative ways. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Visual Studies. He has painted dynamic Jewish murals in Southern California and Israel with his Hebrew street art venture Illuminated Streets, with more murals on the way. He revitalizes ancient rituals with online projects like his GIF Omer Counter and Parsha Poster series, encouraging creative reconsideration of religious practice. He leads workshops on Jewish art, including Jewish street art, at a growing number of institutions, centering on artistic empowerment, continuity, and manifesting identity through the arts. Seeing Hebrew as the visual glue binding Jews together across time and space, he also teaches Jewish typographic history, using print as a lens for Jewish life and culture. 

Presented by Hirschler

Sara D. November Gallery Exhibit - Lynn Goldstein


The Weinstein JCC is delighted to show the landscapes paintings of artist, Lynn Goldstein, in the Sara D. November Gallery. To, Lynn, nature is her oasis of the mind. While among the trees, she says she can almost feel the pulsating life force and the land is a living, almost sentient environment. Through the process of using texture, light, shadow, and heightened, sometimes vibrant colors, she expresses the emotions she derives from being in nature. In addition to painting landscapes, Lynn has found opportunities to explore her roots as a Jewish American through her work on installations. Two such installations, Diaspora and Treatise, are examples of Lynn’s ability to move outside her comfort zone to communicate artistically in new ways.

About the Artist

Lynn Goldstein has exhibited widely, winning awards, in nationally juried exhibitions and galleries, and her work is enjoyed in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Schar Cancer Institute, and the United States Department of State. Notably, one of her paintings was selected for the permanent collection in the Jean-Haffen Museum in Dinan, France. Additionally, Lynn was one of fifteen American artists selected to participate in the Caravan multi-cultural and international art project which took place at National Cathedral in Washington, DC and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC in 2014. Her installation work exploring her Jewish roots was selected for exhibition at the Smithsonian S Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C. in 2015.

Presented by Hirschler

IdentityRVA: Exploring Our Humanity Gallery Opening & Show


IdentityRVA is a photography exhibit that focuses on the humanity that exists in each of us and seeks to raise awareness and explore issues around how we are all more alike than we might think despite some of our differences. Eleven diverse women are part of our inaugural exhibit which launched in May of 2018. Photographs of 10 diverse men were added to the exhibit in January of 2020. The complete exhibit will be on display in the Sara D. November  Gallery at the Weinstein JCC. 

In addition, on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 PM, the community is invited to meet Kim Brundage, Identity RVA curator and photographer, along with many of the individual participants of this unique exhibition, to experience first-hand, their inspiring stories of strength, courage and diversity. Reception and program are free and open to the community.

Presented by Hirschler

Sara D. November Gallery Exhibit - Elizabeth Hlavek


Making Meaning Through Art Making is a photography exhibition curated by art therapist, Elizabeth Hlavek, through her learnings from personal interviews with Holocaust survivors and artists, many of whom are featured in the 2008 film, As Seen Through These Eyes. This exhibit, part of her doctorate dissertation, is comprised of reproductions of artwork created by individuals from all over Europe, including those interred in such concentration camps as Auschwitz, Dachau, Gurs and Terezin. As an art therapist, Hlavek hopes people will walk away from this exhibition recognizing the “individual within the masses” and how art can play a role in healing and surviving.

On Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 PM, as part of our Yom Hashoah programming with the Virginia Holocaust Museum, the Weinstein JCC will show the film, As Seen Through These Eyes, and immediately following, welcome Elizabeth Hlavek to discuss her exhibit and the role of art making during the Holocaust

Presented by Hirschler

Supported by the Henry and Gertrude Kupfer Holocaust Education Fund of Richmond Jewish Foundation

Sara D. November Gallery Exhibit - Hope


HOPE is more than just an art exhibit featuring the work of a small group of accomplished and well-respected artists in our Richmond Jewish community. HOPE is also a 9-month educational, cultural and artistic gathering of these artists who, through their shared experiences at a multitude of arts and culture events at the Weinstein JCC, explore what hope means -- to the community, to the Jewish people, and to them personally. Drawing on their inspiration, along with their own personal connection to their Jewish heritage, each artist creates a collection of art work to share. The opening and reception for HOPE will take place on Tuesday, May 5 at which time each artist will share their artwork with the community, reflect on their experiences and, in turn, bring connection and enhanced meaning to our Arts + Ideas subscription series season finale, Violins of Hope Chamber Music Concert which will take place on Wednesday, May 20.

Presented by Hirschler

For more information about The Sara D. November Gallery, contact Cultural Arts Director Leslie McGuigan at 545-8644 or lmcguigan@weinsteinjcc.org.