About the Gotthelf Art Gallery


The Gotthelf Art Gallery is part of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture and is devoted to expanding and enriching cultural life in San Diego by presenting the finest in Jewish artistic expressions, encouraging the preservation of Jewish culture and heritage, and nurturing new creativity in the arts.

Housed at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, this 1,000 square foot space offers the opportunity for the community at large to explore the richness and diversity of Jewish culture through exhibits that feature contemporary artists and a wide variety of visual media.

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm, Closed Saturday


Documenting the Dream

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - Thursday, May 31, 2018
Open Daily: 9am - 5pm, Closed Saturday
Lawrence Family JCC, Gotthelf Art Gallery

In celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, the Lawrence Family JCC will present the first public exhibition of a selection of photographs from the Viterbi Collection of Israeli Photographic Art. The images, from the 1910s through the 1950s, document everyday activities and events which, in any other society, might be considered mundane. For those performing these activities in the Land of Israel, and for those documenting them, they understood they were participants in a modern miracle. After nearly 2,000 years, the Jewish people were coming home to rebuild a state. The process was at times prosaic, but every field plowed, every cow milked, every widget manufactured, and every house built was a part of this miracle and worthy of documentation.

Photographers represented in the exhibition will be among some of the most significant in pre-State and post-independence Israel, including Yosef Schweig,David Rubinger, Boris Carmi, Marli Shamir, and Leo Kann.

Documenting the Dream