JDC invites you to join the Grand Opening of HOME: Lens On Israel debuting at the Bernard Museum of Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker Center. Together we will voyage on a photographic journey to explore the multitude of communities – and worlds – that dwell side by side within Israel.

The Bernard Museum of Judaica has partnered with JDC for this exhibition, which will run for seven months, from April – October 2018. The Opening Reception will feature JDC CEO David Schizer and the acclaimed Israeli- American artist, Maira Kalman.


Maira Kalman, was born in Tel Aviv and moved to New York with her family at the age of four. She was raised in bucolic Riverdale, the Bronx. She now lives in Manhattan.

Maira has written and illustrated eighteen children’s books, including Ooh-la-la-Max in LoveWhat Pete AteFireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey13 WORDS, a collaboration with Lemony Snicket, Why We Broke Up, with Daniel Handler, Looking at Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything.

She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker Magazine, and is currently creating an illustrated column for The New Yorker based on travels to museums and libraries. You can read more about Kalman’s work at http://www.mairakalman.com.

David M. Schizer, the former Dean of Columbia Law School and a noted Jewish community leader, assumed the position of CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, in January 2017.

Born in Brooklyn, Schizer was thirty-five years old when he became dean, the youngest in the history of Columbia Law School. During his 10 years of service in that role, he dramatically expanded the faculty and launched a range of new initiatives, including a partnership with Columbia Business School. Schizer also led a $353 million capital campaign, doubling the school’s traditional fundraising.

Schizer has been actively engaged in leadership positions in Jewish communal life as well. He was President of America’s Voices in Israel, Co-director of Columbia’s Center for Israeli Legal Studies, and a member of the Board of Directors of the 92nd Street Y and the Ramaz School. He also served previously on the boards of Natan and Columbia-Barnard Hillel, and as a senior advisor to the Tikvah Fund.

Schizer holds undergraduate, graduate, and law degrees from Yale. He clerked for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.


From the United States: Gary O. Aidekman; Elaine Goldman; Elizabeth Ann Kahane; Ruth Oratz; Hollis Rafkin-Sax; Annie Sandler and Orna Stern

From Israel: Eli Atias (photo instructor); Ilan Cohen; Amir Halevy and Joel Katz


Foundational Sponsors – Elizabeth Ann and William Kahane

Sponsors – Anonymous; Gary O. Aidekman; Howard Greenberg; Elaine Goldman; Marina and Andrew Lewin; Ruth Oratz; Albert Knapp; Hollis Rafkin-Sax; Annie Sandler; Martin Selig and Orna Stern


Warren Klein, Curator, Bernard Museum of Judaica, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York

Guest Curator – Yael Eban


Photo Credit – Elizabeth Ann Kahane