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Israeli Art Comes to Central New Jersey (East Brunswick) November 2nd through 5th


Temple B'nai Shalom in East Brunswick, in conjunction with Jerusalem-based Safrai Fine Art Gallery, will present a unique exhibition and sale of "Young and Old Masters of Israeli Art" for four days this fall:  November 2nd through 5th. More than 1,000 works of art --  including original oil paintings, watercolors, lithographs and etchings by Israeli artists -- will be available to view and purchase.  The East Brunswick Jewish Center and The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey are both co-sponsors of the event.

"We welcome the public to join us in supporting Israeli artists, and the State of Israel, by visiting the show and purchasing distinctive pieces of art to enjoy for years to come," said Barry Wechsler, president of Temple B'nai Shalom. "We're proud to arrange for this special event for the third time in ten years, as it's always a popular draw for the community at large, and an opportunity to get a taste of the exciting Israeli art world without getting on a plane to Israel."

The exhibition will include the works of more than 100 Israeli artists such as Marc Chagall, Shraga Weil, Amram Ebgi, Shemuel Katz, Moshe Castel, Reuven Rubin, Raphael Abecassis and many more.

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Previously, in order to view such a wide range of Israeli art, one had to travel to Israel. However, this professionally curated exhibition provides an up-close look at this fine art at a convenient Central New Jersey location in East Brunswick.

Menachem Safrai, the director of the Safrai Gallery in Jerusalem, will be available throughout the exhibition and sale at Temple B'nai Shalom to assist visitors at the show and provide insights about individual works. Safrai, grandson of the gallery's founder, can answer questions about the Israeli artists and the breadth of the Israeli art scene.

"It is a pleasure to return to New Jersey again this November as it's such a vibrant community that truly appreciates the unique opportunity to view and purchase magnificent works of art created by an array of talented Israeli artists," said Safrai. "We've been in business in Israel since 1935, and it's truly a highlight for us to be able to share these beautiful masterpieces."

According to Safrai, from the beginning of the 20th century, visual arts in Israel have shown a creative orientation influenced by the encounter between East and West as well as by the land itself and its development, the character of the cities and stylistic trends from abroad. Local landscapes, Jewish and biblical themes, and Israeli history and society lie at the center of Israeli art and ensure its uniqueness.
"The Israeli art world is known for its extraordinary versatility in style and media," added Safrai.  "Being a nation of immigrants, its art reflects that diversity. Each artist brings his/her own heritage and background into the melting pot of the Israeli art scene."

WHEN:  The "Young and Old Masters of Israeli Art" exhibition and sale will open on Thursday night, November 2nd, from 7pm to 9pm, continuing on Friday, November 3rd from 9am to 1pm, Saturday night, November 4th from 7pm to 10pm (for a wine and cheese evening event) and will close on Sunday, November 5th from 9am to 4pm.

Admission is free throughout the exhibition except for the wine & cheese event ($18/person which includes a glatt kosher dessert reception) on Saturday evening, November 4th, from 7pm to 10pm. RSVP is requested.

WHERE:  Temple B'nai Shalom at 15 Fern Road in East Brunswick.

Temple B’nai Shalom is a welcoming, uplifting and inclusive Reform congregation dedicated to enriching the lives of its congregants through worship, education, community, social action and support of the Jewish people and Israel.

Exhibition co-sponsor, The East Brunswick Jewish Center (EBJC), is a Conservative Jewish Synagogue located in the middle of East Brunswick, and offers both egalitarian and traditional services.  EBJC helps the world through social action initiatives that focus on community needs and is a strong supporter of Israel.

Exhibition co-sponsor, The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, serving Monmouth and Greater Middlesex counties, brings together people, partners, and resources to fill pressing needs in Jewish life locally and worldwide. Their mission is to care for the vulnerable, inspire the next generation to embrace Jewish life, forge strong connections with Israel and overseas, and enhance access to a vibrant community.

For more information about the exhibition and sale, please visit or call 732.251.4300 x232.  On request, special interview arrangements can be made with Menachem Safrai before or during the exhibition. 


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