The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, located within historic Congregation Rodeph Shalom is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art that illuminates the Jewish experience. Since 1975, the PMJA has organized solo and group exhibitions of work in the broadest range of mediums by artists of diverse backgrounds. In addition to its special-exhibit gallery, the Museum features a permanent collection of important works by accomplished artisits, including William Anastasi, Chaim Gross, Tobi Kahn, Joan Snyder, Shelley Spector, Boaz Vaadia and Roman Vishniac.

Current Exhibit:

REIMAGINED: Masterpieces of Art with Jewish Imagery

Esty Frankel-Fersel
On view December 8 – March 24, 2017

Exhibit curated by Joan C. Sall,  PMJA Director Emeritus

About the Exhibition 
This exhibit by Esty Frankel-Fersel, a  talented artist, also highlights her great sense of humor. Esty came up with the idea of adding an image of a family performing the Tashlich ceremony to Monet s famous “Bridge over a Pond of Water Lillies.”  This led to more converted paintings and to her ultimate accumulation of over 60 works of art with Jewish twists and Yiddish expressions through the arts and to the publication of Converted Masters.

Frankel-Fersel converts classic art masterpieces into Jewish counterparts. Imagine Vermeer’s zoftig milkmaid kneading challah or Moses bringing down the tablets amid a Georgia O’Keefe desert landscape. The works of art reproduced span from early 16th century classical Renaissance works to modern day pop art. 
Esty Frankel-Fersel was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn NY. She attended Bais Yacov through high school with a year of seminary in Israel. As a young adolescent, Esty joined a local art school where, for the next 15 years, she took instructional classes, learning the skills of copying and reproducing works of art with oil on canvas. She attended Brooklyn College and Wurzweiler School of Social Work, earning an MSW. While dealing with daily responsibility and stressors, Esty always found comfort in drawing and painting. Esty currently divides her time, residing in both Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia and West Orange, NJ.

Previous Exhibits
Showcased within the Thalheimer Entrance Foyer on Broad Street is the Leon J. and Julia S. Obermayer Collection of Jewish Ritual Art.
Entrance to Museum and parking on Green Street
PMJA Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-4; Friday 10-2
Hours are subject to change; please call 215-627-6747 to confirm

Wendi Furman participated at the CAJM Conference (click here to read about the meeting)
The theme for the 2015 conference was “Open Source: Jewish Museums and Collaborative Culture.”