The Westchester Hilton hosted the 8th Limmud FSU NY conference the weekend of May 12. Over a thousand participants immersed themselves in Jewish culture and learning. Friday night opened the art exhibition, which included 3 of my paintings.     Sunday morning I led a mezuzah workshop: participants, who ranged from ages 6-60, learnt about […]

I co-produced an art event at a premier Chelsea gallery: reception + screening of Blue Like Me, a documentary that profiles Indian-American artist Siona Benjamin. ACA Galleries exhibited her art exhibition “Beyond Borders” during April, and that night we had a second reception followed by the film screening. It was an overflow crowd, standing room only. […]

Spring 2017 I taught a Jewish calendar class to grades 3-6 at Jewish Journeys, a project by the JCC Manhattan. The Jewish calendar is the backbone of the Jewish year. Primarily based on the lunar cycle, the Hebrew months take on a life of their own based on the seasons and holidays that characterize each […]

Two group exhibitions in the NY area will feature works of my new series The Book of Yona. A collaborative project with Katarzyna Kozera, this artwork blends the coming-to-America stories of Katarzyna’s and my lives with that of the biblical prophet Jonah / Yona. The art touches on issues of identity, immigration, and heritage through a […]

The NY Jewish Week featured an art review of the exhibition at Governors Island, a collaboration between artist Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer. Layering History And Spontaneous Expression by Joel Silverstein, September 12, 2016 History can be a dusty and deadly affair. The secret to making art about history is to be both loyal […]

Art exhibition by Cynthia Beth Rubin & Yona Verwer. Art Kibbutz, Nolan Park, Building 6B, Governors Island, NY.  September Sundays:  Sept. 4,11,18, 2016, 11-6.  Weekdays by appointment only. ARTISTS RECEPTION September 11, 11-6 Plan your visit. Ferry schedule (10 min. ride) here. ABOUT THE ART Artists Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer, as interpreters of history, weave together […]

The Koslowe Gallery presents Meditations on Place, an art exhibition with works by Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer. Their collaborative series History, Heritage and the Lower East Side weaves together the stories of the past and the present in layers of paint, photographs, video, recordings, and music. Working with Jewish architecture from throughout the world, Rubin and […]

Today I attended a memorable B-Mitzvah celebration. The Jewish Journey Project featured eight 12 and 13 year old participants in their Covenant for the Future event at the JCC Manhattan. How did these students express their Torah portion? They made stop-motion videos about it. Or they played on musical instruments with music related to their parsha. […]

Spring 2016 I taught a class “Marking What Matters: the Jewish Lifecycle”. This was part of the Jewish Journey Project on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Fifth and sixth graders learned about Brit Milah, Baby Naming, Bar / Bat Mitzvah, Wedding and Death. They created art and books based on these topics. We have had very lively discussions and […]

The Jewish calendar is the backbone of the Jewish year. Primarily based on the lunar cycle, the Hebrew months take on a life of their own based on the seasons and holidays that characterize each one. The 2016 Spring semester at the Jewish Journey Project I taught 3rd and 4th graders.  Using paint, collage and […]