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Authenticity and Identity: Spring 2021 Virtual & In-Person Exhibition

In-Person Reception: Monday, April 5th to Friday, May 14th
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This spring, Adas Israel is proud to host Identity and Authenticity, an international art exhibition in our Quebec Street lobby.  In partnership with Day Eight, a Jewish arts organization, and curated by Dr. Ori Soltes from Georgetown University, over 70 works of visual art will be with us during the period of the Omer, the seven weeks between the holidays of Pesach and Shavuot.  Like the process of creating art, the Omer recalls the planting, sowing, and waiting for something to emerge.  Through their visions, their dedication, and their steady hands, the Torah that blooms from the painters, spray painters, photographers, graphic artists, sculptors, collage and textile artists in this exhibition delivers us to a moment of celebration.  Look for upcoming announcements about lectures, a panel discussion with Adas clergy, an exhibition catalogue, accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision, and timed entry to the building to view the artwork.  

In Partnership with Day Eight (, Funded by DC Commission on Arts and Humanities (



Opening Night Virtual Reception: Thursday, April 8th at 7pm
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Join Rabbi Aaron Alexander and exhibition curator Dr. Ori Soltes on zoom for a fascinating exploration of Jewish art, identity and creativity. Artists from around the world whose works are in the show will be in breakout rooms for you to speak with firsthand about their art and their creative process. The evening will wrap up with a live online klezmer concert.

Example Artwork

"Inner Life of a Golem" by Chicago area artist Judith Joseph; woodblock print, 20" x 16", 2019.

"From the Book of Jewish History", by DC area artist Marilyn Banner; ink and photo-transfer on dyed yellow canvas, 32” x 25” x .75”, 2014.

"Hamotzi Lechem Min Ha-aretz" (bakery mural, Los Angeles) by DC area artist Hillel Smith; photograph of painted mural, 14" x 11", 2018.

Curator Information

Ori Z. Soltes 

Professor of the Teaching of Jewish Civilization 

Ori Z. Soltes teaches at Georgetown Univers across a range of disciplines. He is the former Director the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum. As co-founding Director of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project he has spent twenty years focused on the issue of Nazi-plundered art. Soltes has authored and edited 19 books and scores of articles and exhibition catalogue essays. Recent volumes include Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; The Ashen Rainbow: Essays on the Arts and the Holocaust; Mysticism in Judaism. Christianity and Islam: Searching for Oneness; Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish art and Architecture; Magic and Religion in the Greco-Roman World: The Beginnings of Judaism and Christianity; and God and the Goalposts: A Brief History of Sports, Religion, Politics, War, and Art.

Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783