Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

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Contacts for Arts & Culture

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts Director
Dan Kirsch

Film Engagement Coordinator
Brittanie Werbel

Dance Director
Barri DeFrancisci

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Coordinator
Irene Gavin


JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov

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The JCCNV Fine Arts Program supports and encourages the development of Jewish artists and/or Jewish arts. The program is also committed to establishing and strengthening the relationship between the Northern Virginia community and Israel by integrating Israeli arts into its program.
The Program’s dedication to the arts has garnered an international reputation that’s both credible and well-respected amongst art enthusiasts, artists, art buyers, and sellers. Over the years, the Center’s Bodzin Art Gallery exhibitions have attracted talented artists who work in a wide-variety of media including painting, photography, jewelry, crafts and new media. Click here for a listing of past exhibits, in our Fine Arts Archive.


The Psychology of Scapegoating

April 7–May 25 

This exhibit commemorates Yom Ha’Shoah and this year’s Jewish Community Relations Council’s (JCRC) annual Holocaust commemoration (on April 19 at the J) which will consider the intricacies of human nature and social interaction that allow for unspeakable atrocities to be committed by some individuals or groups against others. 

Artists have been asked to contribute works that reflect this theme, and their expression of the Holocaust. Our hope is that with the power of their artistic vision, the exhibit will assist in mobilizing the silent bystander and the rising up of societies’ conscience to take a forceful stand against injustice and inhumanity.

Wall Display:

Lilianne Milgrom. Multi Media banners called J’accuse! This work contains multiple references to anti-Semitism throughout history, from Emile Zola’s famous 1898 letter denouncing the blatant anti-Semitic nature of the Dreyfus case to the swastika-emblazoned banners that symbolize the Nazi regime. “By inserting my own accusatory image, I am exposing the latent bigotry within each of us and highlighting the fine line between informer and scapegoat..”


Judith Peck's multi-media portraits have an ethereal glow emerging from their backgrounds. Their gaze captures the person’s experiences and challenges. Their penetrating gaze moves the viewer out of complacency with a gateway to the human interior, evoking a connection. The realism and details become guides that speak to the core of existence, of worlds falling apart, yet held together from within; thereby, conjuring up deep feelings on life’s ambiguities, beauty and pain, life and death, as we are drawn into introspection on the meaning and preciousness of life.


Cherie Redlinger's multi-media construction reflects: G_d Is; I Am; I am a child; I am a girl; I am a daughter; I am a sister; I am a wife; I am a mother; I am a friend; I am a neighbor; I am a person; I am a citizen; I am educated; I am an artist; I am a teacher; I am Jewish; I am killed for my religion; I am a scapegoat.


 Shana Spiegel’s works in fiber arts, her quilts expressing her mother’s Holocaust experiences. “Facing the Past, Healing the Future”. “Leaving her home in Danzig at age twelve and traveling to England on the Kindertransport shaped my mother's life. This quilt depicts my perception of her experience. It is my hope that by acknowledging the family history, wounds can heal and future generations can be freed of the painful legacy.”


Liz Wolf. This printmaker has taken two biblical stories surrounding the Passover saga tointerpret the theme of scapegoating. Liz’s print "MOSES" is a silkscreen; the biblical context is God leaving Moses to die before the Jewish people enter the land of Israel; he is blamed for Israel’s' sins. The second print, a lithograph with hand coloring, "HORSE AND RIDER," depicts an Egyptian drowning in the Red Sea waters. The banks are refilling after parting for the Jewish people. All of Egypt is blamed for Pharaoh’s edicts against the Jews.


In the Showcases:

  Yonina Blech-Hermoni. “I have created these memorial candle holders as a way to '...see through to the soul of the departed...yet know them to be held and wrapped in warmth'. The technique of working is to throw a double walled cylinder, shape the form and carve through the outer 'shell, or skin', soda, salt and some Raku fire. The eternal lightis ensconced within.” Yonina is also exhibiting her functional pottery."


 Bobbi Premack Gorban chose mixed media fiber arts to express her art. Using various images and symbolism, she created the pieces with respect as she researched the concept of scapegoating. Mainly in shades of black, white and gray, also symbolic pieces to show the lack of color in the lives of the people along with the scarcity of faces in the work, reflectting the loss of so many lives during that lamentable time in the history of the Jewish people.


 Linda Gissen. Researching, speaking with Holocaust survivors as inspiration, gathering memories of members of those affected by Shoah observing the vicissitudes of history, led Linda to create hand sculpted pieces of welded metals, enamels and glass. Her art uniquely reflects Jewish references to Fire as a positive/creative and as a destructive/evil force linked to the Holocaust. 

The art on display is available for purchase (a percentage of the purchase price goes to the supportthe J’s Fine Arts Program). Pricing represents the artists’ unique and creative efforts and are priced accordingly for the time involved in their creation and the difficulty of their execution. Items purchased during the exhibit may be picked up on or after the take down date. Sales, commissions and orders are handled at the front desk. All sales are final. Contact: Irene Gavin, JCCNV Fine Arts Coordinator,, 703.537.3063.