What is Contemporary Jewish Art? Does the category even exist? 

There is no simple answer for that.    But there is no better place than Jerusalem to raise these questions, and let curators, artists and scholars from different backgrounds to try and give an answer.

Held for the first time, The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art provided a platform for artistic works that relate to a variety of views and relationships with the Jewish world of content. Seeking to both create and revive an active discourse that focuses on the relationship between art and Judaism, The Jerusalem Biennale includes a wide-range of artistic interpretations that are presented in a variety of venues throughout the city.

In the inaugural year, The Biennale was held simultaneously at five different locations throughout Jerusalem. The exhibitions, all endeavors of curators with wide and diverse backgrounds and experience, included the creations of more than fifty artists.





The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art  was taking place in five different venues from 15 September – 31 October, as follows:


Two exhibitions were on display at the Achim Chasid complex, 45 -47 Emek Refaim Street, entitled Now Now and Here and There.  The Now Now exhibition, curated by Oryan Galster, Porat Salomon and Ronen Yizhaki deals with the tensions between movement and stagnation, progress and tradition, past and future- and the way they are manifested in the present. The Here and There exhibition, curated by Ram Ozeri, showcases artworks that make the connection between the Jewish idea and everyday reality, the text and the image, the way the story is told and the way it effects our lives.

Sunday-Thursday:    10:00-13:00, 17:00-20:00

Friday:    10:00-14:00


My Soul Thirsts (Tsama’ Nafshi) at the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art at Hechal Shlomo, 58 King George Street, featured over 30 artists from Israel and overseas whose shared focal point is the yearning, the longing and the desire for holiness, as seen from a contemporary perspective. Curator: Nurit Sirkis-Banks.

Sunday-Thursday:    10:00-15:00


Thread of Gold, a joint exhibition by father and daughter:  Michael and Neta Elkayam relate to each other in a self cureted show. The inter-generational connection is expressed via symbols and the distinction between “Judaica” and “contemporary” becomes blurry.  at Beit Avi-Chai, 44 King George Street.

Sunday-Thursday:    10:00-20:00


The Musrara neighborhood hosts an exhibition called Traditional – art installations in the public spaces that are contemporary interpretations of traditional texts and customsAlso in Musrara: Tehila Stern-Marx curetted a wonderful exhibition of illustrations, referring to Jewish tradition in a humoristic way and pointing some of the issues of current Jewish life. Visit Canada center to see it at 22 Shivtei Israel st.

Sunday-Thursday:    10:00-18:00


Israeli photojournalist Ziv Koren exhibits a selection of his photographs of places and situations where symbols from the Jewish world meet the complicated Israeli reality in a solo exhibition entitled Seventy Faces  at the First Station, David Remez Street.

Sunday-Thursday:    10:00-18:00




This is not a one time event! We are introducing a new institute in Jerusalem- one that will live in the city for the coming decades. Over 100 cities around the world host a Biennale, which prove to be catalysts for urban development and cultural enrichment. Like in Venice, Berlin, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo and Istanbul, art lovers will always have the next Biennale to anticipate to in Jerusalem.

Jewish Art

Jewish Art can be an aesthetic, conceptual or a practical response to Jewish concepts and ideas. It can offer a zone of reflection on the way those concepts and ideas manifest themselves in different Jewish communities around the world, and help us understand historic, social and religious processes.


Contemporary Jewish Art can reflect what is happening today in the Jewish world and catalyze historic, social and religious processes. It can open up new avenues of discourse and become a powerful arena for re-invention. Contemporary Jewish art is not only about Jews and not necessarily made by Jews: all it must have is the Jewish world of content at its core.


Where better than the city of Jerusalem to promote a new discourse on the intersection between all aspects of the Jewish imagination—intellectual, spiritual and artistic? Jerusalem—both the sacred center of Judaism for thousands of years and the capital city of the modern State of Israel--is uniquely positioned to be the site for this conversation.


Achim Chasid Complex

Curator : Oryan Galster, Porat Solomon and Ronen Yizhaki
Cooperation : Between Heaven and Earth, Kol Haot

Hechal Shlomo

Curator : Nurit Sirkis Bank 
Cooperation : Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art

Beit Avi-Chai

Curator : Neta and Michael Elkayam
Cooperation : Beit Avi-Chai


Curator : Ram Ozeri
Cooperation : Muslala Art tracks

The First Station

Curator : Rei Dishon
Cooperation : Urban Gallery


Ram Ozeri

Ram grew up in Jerusalem. After earning his BA in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics and MA in Economics, he has decided to dedicate his time to his true love: Contemporary Jewish Art.

Eitam Tubul

Talented graphic designer of the Grotesca studio, Eitam is active in many social circles. He is an amateur radio host and holds an addiction to Arab music.

Shani Hajbi

Best website designer, an applications developer, an amateur carpenter and a regular customer at all the best café's at the center of Jerusalem..

Secret Artist

Secret Artists is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist and up&coming curator. In 2009 he graduated from H.I.T academy studying social and sustainable design and started his art career in 2007 at the end of a 4 months art residency at Foundation Pistoletto

Nurit Sirkis Bank

Nurit Sirkis Bank is the curator of the Wolfson Museum of Jewish art. She is working on her PHD in Jewish Studies at Bar - Ilan University, and addresses meeting points between the Israeli and Jewish identities.

Oryan Galster

Oryan Galster is a young Artist. She finished her studies at the department of inter-disciplinary art at Shenkar. Her work is varied and moves from drawing and instillation to photography and sound.

Ronen Izhaki

Choreographer, born in 1972 in Israel, studied under Ruth Ziv Ayal at the Academy of Music and Dance. He graduated with both first and second degrees in music.

Porat Salomon

Porat has just finished his Masters of fine arts in Bezalel. Porat lives in Bat Ayin in Samaria, and he is one of the founders of Pardes art school.

Amy Schwartz-

Amy came to live in Jerusalem 3 years ago. Since, Amy has produced over a 100 clips for non-profits organizations as United Hatzala and Save a child'sheart.


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