Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Press: NY Observer

Read Article HERE

Press: JTA



Press: Gothamist (Third Time)

Read Snarky Article HERE

Press: Front Page of CNN

Let's buy something good.

Attention everyone! Attention Everyone!!! Today is "Buy Israel Goods" day. We talk a lot about the cultural boycott that gives misinformation to artists to bully them into not preforming for fans in Israel. I just don't want to forget that this started from an actual call for an economic boycott of Israeli products.

Don't know where to begin? neither did I so relax. go to this website; and find something local in a store you may or may not shop in and voice your support for Israeli products with your cash, the loudest unused voice of all.

I know I'm loading up on wine & pop-rocks chocolate. It is going to be a fun night!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Press: Crains

Artists 4 Israel Owns the Streets and Bests J Street

In this photo from Page 6 of today's (Friday, March 25th) New York Times, an article on J Street - a bunch of silly, little, misinformed artists that use propaganda to spread lies about Israel all while pretending to actually support Israel - there is a much more important piece of information. Look at the picture. It is a bomb shelter in Sderot, Israel. It is the heart of the issue. It is the very place where Hamas terrorists fire rockets into Israel and try to kill innocent Israeli civilians, women and babies. And, on that bomb shelter, is a piece of graffiti from SKI - a world famous artist from New York. This was a quick piece from him - a "tag" or, as they say "signature" of his work. It was his signature to say he had been there - that he had come to show his love and support for the land.

So, while J Street keeps paying some fancy publicist to get their name and stupid, little mission into the papers - Artists 4 Israel will keep walking the walk, talking the talk and being the main idea in the most important place. Their article was a few hundred words. Our picture was worth at least a thousand.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

An Arab's Thought Experiment

A recent article posed a very interesting thought experiment but definitely not an original one. What surprised me about it was the author and location of it. The article titled "What if Arabs had recognized the State of Israel in 1948?" by Commodore (Retd.) Abdulateef Al-Mulhim of the Royal Saudi Navy was posted in the Arab News opinion column.

It is a simple article that traces the path of death that resulted from the decision to not recognize Israel as a state. The article doesn't apologize for or favor anyone. If anything the article highlights how manipulated of a people the Palestinians have been over 60 years. I don't think it excuses their actions in the slightest but it does make them seem more pathetic and small in my eyes since they want so desperately have some type of control over there lives.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Something’s Missing: Visions and Voices of Loss Gallery Show

Something’s Missing: Visions and Voices of Loss 
Mar 24 2011 - 7:00pm - May 17 2011 - 7:00pm

New York University’s Bronfman Center Gallery is delighted to present Something’s Missing: Visions and Voices of Loss. Featuring a diverse selection of work by over 30 artists crossing cultures, sensibilities and generations, Something’s Missing: Visions and Voices of Loss explores the theme of loss from multiple perspectives.
Celebrated interdisciplinary artist Grimanesa Amorós responds to the scenes she witnessed on September 11, 2001 with a hauntingly beautiful drawing infused with familiar shapes falling down amidst clouds of dust. With infectious colors and fanciful images, renowned folk artist Malcah Zeldis pays homage to the lost lives of Amadou Diallo, Anne Frank, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Daniel Pearl. In stunningly crafted sculptures, multimedia artist Anique Taylor honors a range of women, beginning with Eve, whose lives were marked by loss.
Jewish American artist Fay Grajower addresses the transformative power of loss with a unique visual vocabulary fusing figurative elements within an impressionistic aura. Haitian native Francks Décéus paints hauntingly beautiful images, characterized by delicate hues and graceful rhythms, on the theme of migration and its inherent losses. In his deftly conceived portraits reminiscent of his outdoor mural work, Chilean native Nelson Rivas captures the loss of identity experienced by those crossing borders. The loss of aspirations is the theme of Jack DeMartino’s masterful paintings inspired by an inner city high school student’s daily routine.
Jerusalem-based photographer Leora Cheshin documents in photography and in writing four generations of tragic losses, along with remarkable triumphs, among members of her family. In a country marked by wars and uncertainty, Tel Aviv street artist Dede Confidential creates stencils and stickers encouraging his onlookers to “keep moving.”
Among others who share their visions and voices are: A1one, Athena Azevedo, Daya Bonnie Astor, Baser, Shayne Bovell, David Stanford Burr, Cyd Charisse Fulton, Cayla Lewis, Miguel Angel Lobaina, Joseph Makoviecki, Jason Mamarella, Mefisto, Guleraana Mir, Alice Mizrachi, Native, James P. Quinn, Moriah Ressler, Anuar Rosaldo, Lucas Ruggieri, Matthew Wheeler and David Zeldis.
Presented, too, for the first time in the United States are paintings created by Israeli children who had lost their homes in Gush Katif in the summer of 2005. Created during art therapy sessions sponsored by MAHUT, The Center for Preparation for Community Emergencies, the paintings reflect a range of feelings from despair to hope.
Also featured is artwork created in a therapeutic setting by teenage girls who had been victims of abuse in India. Under the guidance of Swanchetan, an organization that provides emotional support to survivors of violence, abuse and trauma, these girls moved from loss of dignity to recovery.
Curated by Lois Stavsky, Something’s Missing: Visions and Voices of Loss opens March 24 and continues through May 17. A reception will be held Thursday March 24 between 7-9pm. The Bronfman Center Gallery of the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU is located at 7 East 10th Street between 5th Avenue and University Place in New York City. Gallery hours are: Mon-Thu 8am-10pm, Fri 8am-4pm and Sun 9am-9pm. For further information contact Erica Frankel, Sr. Associate for Arts and Culture, at 212.998.4122 or Lois Stavsky at 917.562.8468.
*Top image courtesy of Dede Confidential in Tel Aviv (photographed by Lois Stavsky).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

At Least Someone Gets It...

I'll fully admit that Gene Simmons media persona and attitude rub me the wrong way sometimes but dam does he make some good points every now and again. In a recent interview he calls out all the musicians who have boycotted Israel as 'fools'. He goes on to further state that the boycott-ers should focus on the countries that are currently in turmoil from the lack of basic freedoms.

There is a lot I didn't know about the man that the article lays out. Sure, I knew he was jewish and that his real name is Chaim Witz (we all saw that family guy episode). What I didn't know was that he is actually from Haifa, Israel and is almost as old as Israel. Stories that he has revealed from his childhood really hit home.

I can't praise him for just calling these yahoos out now. What really sticks out to me is the televised message sent to a wounded Israeli solder during the 2006 Lebanese conflict. To Gene Simmons (Chaim Witz) all I can say is please keep it up and I hope your trip to Israel is amazing. If you need anything, hit us up, we got connections.

p.s. If I hear "Rock and Roll All Night" on the radio anymore I may scream. If the band is as good as everyone says, then please play their other music. "I Was Made For Loving You" is a selection just off the top of my head. That is all I have to say about that.

Embarrassing Facebook Pictures of Our Members

This one isn't embarrassing, but they are a few cool shots of our President Craig:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Oli Brown - Thank You

From the Oli Brown Band who recently returned from a concert in Israel.
They were approached by the BDS. We fought back. They went. We win!


Thank you again for the letter.

We had a great time in Tel Aviv and were made to feel so welcome by everyone. The whole atmosphere was nothing like that which is portrayed on our TV screens or the radio. Fantastic place.

We hope that we have the opportunity to come and play Israel again in the not too distant future.

All the very best to you all

Friday, March 11, 2011


JDC Dimensions Presents....

A 30-minute HBO documentary about a doctor who changes lives in Ethiopia

Featuring: A discussion with special guest Susan Cohn Rockefeller,
director and producer of the film.
Monday, March 14, 7:00pm
at Tribeca Cinemas (map)


Chairs: Offira Gabbay, Sivanne Mass, and Joy Sisisky
Reception to follow.

Limited space available. For questions, please e-mail

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

(S)kin Again

Netally Schlosser: The FeminIsrael

A great lecture and viewing at the HUC of this award-winning, ground-breaking, hyphen-causing Israeli artist. This is the official pre-show for the (S)kin class. This is serious art and we are honored to be working with our many amazing co-sponsors, including the American Zionist Movement and the Jewish Art Salon.

Hi Susie!