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Our Past Gallery Exhibits

The following is an archive of past Rosenzweig exhibits.

Summer/Fall 2022

Finding My Voice:

The Art and Soul of Dori Jalazo


Dori Jalazo is a renowned mixed media artist recognized for the healing spirit of her work. Dori's paintings, sculptures, mixed media, and Judaica use  bold, expressive, and vibrant color. Her art is a vehicle to transform pain into beauty, trauma into art, and to bring healing. Interwoven throughout Dori’s work are Jewish sacred themes; she also creates works of Judaica, drawing on imagery and forms that come from Jewish ritual objects. Dori's work is in public and private collections worldwide. Dori lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

To learn more about Dori, please visit her website. 

From the Artist: About the Work

“In the changing shapes our journeys take, there are times when life takes a sharp turn. Who am I now? becomes a sacred question.  A new place in life for many with children moved on. We grew up in a world not far removed from Ellis Island where families lived within blocks of each other, generations stayed close. And I thank God to be part of that again. Now I live in Chapel Hill I can see Ms. Liberty welcoming ancestors, and me. All of us tired from the Journey but excited to be here. I love the new works coming through me. Thank you for letting me share them with you in this show."

From the Artist: My Story as An Artist

"I work with an open heart to create meaning in the world, to give to the larger family of humankind. There is healing in knowing Life is a Universal Journey and each of us can start the ripples of kindness and peace. My work is in private and public collections throughout the world, including those of the late Elie Wiesel (z”l), Henry Winkler, Harry Connick Jr., Dr. Ruth, Dr. Bernie Siegel, and Joshua Malina. When speaking of my work, Henry Winkler said 'you put kindness in my Life, the art was so beautiful that the spirit jumped right out of the box.'  I welcome you to my world."

 Fall 2021

Reflections on The Inner Self: 
The Art of Simone Soltan, z”l 

The Rosenzweig Gallery of Judea Reform Congregation was proud to present an exhibit of the paintings, drawings, and mixed media art of Simone Soltan, of blessed memory.  Simone was a vibrant and active member of Judea Reform Congregation for many years; she generously shared her many talents with Judea Reform and the greater Jewish Community.  Simone was a woman of many talents. In addition to being an artist, Simone was an opera singer, a teacher, an administrator, and a curator. She was a major force behind the creation of the Lerner Jewish Community Day School and she directed the Rosenzweig Gallery from 2010 to 2015. Born in 1938 in New York City, she died in April 2020 in Durham, NC. 

Many themes of Simone’s relationship to Judaism are present in her art. In Simone’s words:“ [Art making} offers me the opportunity to explore my personal sense of morality and responsibility toward others and our environment. . . I am  highly motivated by the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam — repairing the world, I seek to identify, acknowledge and understand those needs through my art.”

We gratefully acknowledge Steve Soltan for loaning Simone’s works to JRC.

Sponsored by Judea Reform’s Arts & Acquisition Committee and the Rosenzweig Gallery

Examples of Simone's Work on Display

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		                                    Days of Awe, Collage 2014		                                </span>
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		                                    May the Light of Judaism Shine Brightly in Your Heart, Acrylic Collage on Board, 2011		                                </span>
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		                                    Rabbi John Friedman, graphite pencil, 2011		                                </span>
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		                                    Reflections, on, the Inner Self, Mixed Media Collage, 2012		                                </span>
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		                                    Rhythms of the Earth, Mixed Media Collage, 2010		                                </span>
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		                                    Work for a Better Tomorrow, Mixed Media Collage, 2011		                                </span>


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Judea Reform staff asked congregants to keep us informed of artwork they were making as a way to bring light into this dark time.  Thanks to all the Judea congregants who shared their vision, beauty, humor, and ingenuity.  

May, June, July 2020




March and April 2020


Our Natural World


As we entered the year, 5781, we invited you to enjoy images created by 27 congregants. We hoped you will be challenged and inspired by this art which invites representations of our surroundings from as close as your home kitchen table or backyard to distant landscapes. Each person’s vision of nature and beauty and its many aspects are all expressions of God’s creation. Each artist has a different view just as each of us has a different relationship to God.

On December 7, we premiered a video presentation of a conversation between several of the artists and the curators of this exhibit. We include a version of it, below. NOTE: The first half a minute or so is silent.







Inspired Voices


An exhibit of the works of Silvia Heyden, Edith London, and Rabbi Efraim Rosenzweig
January to April 2020

The Judea Reform Rosenzweig Gallery is honored to exhibit "3 Inspired Voices" featuring the work of three artists who all lived in Durham as contemporaries (at some point in their lives) and were powerfully and uniquely woven into the fabric of our Jewish community.  Featuring the tapestries of Silvia Heyden, z"l, the paintings of Edith London, z"l, and books and handmade Judaica of Rabbi Efraim Rosenzweig, z"l, these artists enduring work and blessed memories are a beautiful part of a past that is still with us here in Durham and at Judea Reform Congregation.

Edith London, German by birth, and Silvia Heyden, who is Swiss, met in Durham because their spouses were recruited to work at Duke University—Fritz London in physics and Siegfried Heyden in medicine. The two artists, while working in very different media, became instant friends and colleagues and shared a modernist aesthetic rooted in the Bauhaus tradition. Silvia Heyden and Edith London had already laid the groundwork for their careers in Europe. Both  artists found their individual voices as they worked and lived in Durham from the 1950s on. In 2014 an exhibit at the Durham Arts Council entitled “Together Again” paired Heyden’s tapestries with the paintings of London under the curatorial eye of Lee Hansley who represented both artists at his gallery in Raleigh. Rabbi Efriam Rosenzweig, Judea Reform Congregation’s founding Rabbi in 1962,  was also an accomplished artist and carpenter, working in slate, metals, and wood. Rabbi Rosenzweig started a business called “Judaica Originals and Reproductions” to make and sell art items. He was a contemporary of Edith London and Silvia Heyden in Durham, North Carolina.

Silvia Heyden, z”l (1927-2015), was born in Switzerland and studied in the School of Arts in Zurich from 1948-1953 under the Bauhaus tradition and led by the famous designer Johannes Itten. She moved to the United States in 1954 with her husband, Dr. Sigfried Heyden, and to Durham, NC in 1966 with her family. Silvia was a world-renowned tapestry artist who explored color and composition in her hundreds of tapestries.  In 2006, Silvia wove an original Ark cover for the former Judea Reform Congregation building. That weaving and Ark cover is now in the Bossen Family Library. In 2009, Silvia was commissioned to create tapestry doors for Judea’s portable Ark used in the Levin Social Hall for High Holy Days. In 2011, a documentary “A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden,” was made about Silvia’s art and life.  She explored her voice and art until her death in Durham in 2015.

Edith London, z”l, (1904-1997), was born in Berlin where her exposure to art began as a child; her extended family included writers and sculptors, who enjoyed the cultural milieu of the Weimar Republic; she attended the University of Berlin; took classes at Berlin’s Federation of Women Artists; and was introduced to the work of Henri Matisse. She married a noted theoretical physicist, Fritz London, in 1929 and in 1933 they fled Germany to Oxford, England, and subsequently lived in Paris from 1936-1939, where Edith studied art under renowned French painters Marcel Gromaire and Andre Lhote. Fritz London became one of many refugee scientists who immigrated to the United States and the young family settled in Durham, NC in 1939. From 1955—1969, Edith worked as the slide curator in the Art History Department of Duke University She returned to Duke University in 1979 to teach Studio Art. From 1966 to 1991, she had over 20 solo exhibitions of her work, and her paintings and collages. In 1998, Judea Reform Congregation received a generous donation of an Edith London painting for our permanent collection; this “untitled” piece now hangs in the Bossen Family Library.

Rabbi Efraim Rosenzweig—affectionately named “Ef”—was Judea Reform Congregation’s founding Rabbi in 1962 (after leading UNC’s Hillel for 10 years). He brought his dynamic, progressive, inspired, learned, and devoted leadership to Judea Reform Congregation. He had boundless energy and served as secretary, cantor, administrator, and rabbinic leader for those early years. And he had many talents beyond his rabbinic leadership. He studied at the Chicago Art Institute, wrote books of poetry, and was an accomplished artist and carpenter, working in slate, metals, and wood. Rabbi Rosenzweig started a business called “Judaica Originals and Reproductions” to make and sell art items. 

Special thanks to Frank and Carol London, Rose London, Francoise Heyden, Richard Fry, Daniel Heyden, and Rabbi John S. Friedman and Judea Reform Congregation's Arts & Acquisition Committee

Nature's Expressions

Landscape Oil Paintings by Marvin Saltzman
Spring 2019


Marvin Saltzman was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1931. He attended the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1954 to 1956, and received a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Southern California in 1959. He taught at multiple universities, including Eastern Oregon State College, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Southern California, and was a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1967 to 1996, where he mentored hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to have successful artistic careers.

Saltzman has a meticulous painting process: His vibrant landscapes are composed of a multitude of colored glyphs that are first drawn in nature and then painted from memory. Working in a series, he hangs up multiple palettes around his studio, rotating them until the paintings tell him he is finished.

To learn more about Saltzman, check out this video. 

Our Past Gallery Exhibits

Rejoice, Renew, Reaffirm: Fall 2018

What do the High Holy Days mean to you? A time for celebration, new beginnings and/or introspection? See how many talented Judea Reform members reflected on these meanings through their visual art in the Fall 2018 Congregational Art Show entitled “Rejoice, Renew, Reaffirm.”


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