About the Gotthelf Art Gallery

Mission

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

 

Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews

Tuesday, August 27 - Sunday, September 29, 2019
*Opening Night Reception: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00pm

Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

The personal stories of American Jewish activists and Soviet Jews – known as refuseniks – will be brought to life in Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews, a new traveling exhibition created by NMAJH. It will explore the significance of this dramatic, risky, and emotionally fraught social justice movement, what The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg has called "the most successful human rights campaign of our time." After World War II, Jews who lived in the Soviet Union were denied the rights to live freely, practice Judaism, or leave the country. A worldwide human rights effort on their behalf brought together organizations, student activists, community leaders, and thousands of individuals – and reached the highest echelons of the American government. The exhibition will serve as a reminder of the unique promise of religious freedom and our continuing responsibility to preserve and protect that freedom.

Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews was created by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and this project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

*In conjunction with the August 27 opening, Rabbi Ralph Dalin will share some of his personal insights and experiences from his years of activism in the Soviet Jewry movement on the national and local level.

Price: Free

Please RSVP with link provided for Opening Night

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Semi(te) Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Thursday, January 31, 2020
Opening Night Reception: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:00pm

Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

A tin of Barton’s Almond Kisses. A stretchy yellow pouch of Elite Gelt. Imagine the intersection of Jewish life and chocolate, and those are the markers that likely come to mind. Less likely, but no less pivotal is the liquid delicacy that Inquisition-era Sephardi Jews introduced to France. Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate features tantalizing historical and contemporary archival materials, decorative arts and bibliographic materials that celebrate these contributions of Jews to the business of chocolate.

Price: Free

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Jews on the Chocolate Trail with Rabbi Deborah Prinz

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:00pm
Rehearsal Room
Lawrence Family JCC

Join Rabbi Deborah Prinz on the chocolate trail as we explore the surprising Jewish connections to chocolate in this gastronomic and historical adventure through cultures, countries, centuries and convictions. Rabbi Deborah Prinz draws from her world travels on the trail of chocolate to enchant chocolate lovers as she unravels Jewish specialization in the business of chocolate. A book signing will follow the event.

Seating: General Admission | Seat Map A | JCC Rehearsal Room
Tickets: Standard $18 | JCC Members $15

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Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin

Tuesday, February 25 - Sunday, May 31, 2020
Opening Night Reception: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:00pm

Gotthelf Art Gallery
Lawrence Family JCC

Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons.

Price: Free

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Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin
A Lecture with Film Screening

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:00pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Blue Like Me is a documentary that profiles Indian-American artist Siona Benjamin. Raised in the small Bene Israel Jewish community in Mumbai, India, Benjamin’s art fuses world religions with Eastern myths and Western pop culture to create vibrant new worlds. Blue Like Me travels with Siona to Mumbai, revisiting the Bene Israel Jews portrayed in her recent Fulbright project. A lecture with Siona Benjamin will follow the screening.

Seating: General Admission | Seat Map A
Tickets: Standard $18 | JCC Members $15

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A Lecture with Film Screening
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