CTA Artists in Residence
Dave Lebow is old school. He’s got a wickedly contemporary retro style that recalls the pulp magazines of long ago.
It’s not difficult to picture Dave’s paintings accompanying the words of H.P. Lovecraft or Robert E. Howard, and his pieces are sought by collectors who grew up reading those authors and collecting art connected to them.
A native of Tulsa Oklahoma, he has a BFA in Painting from Boston University and an MFA in Experimental Animation from Cal Arts. He studied privately in New York with Burton Silverman and at the Art Students League with Robert Beverly Hale, David Leffel, Daniel Green, Robert Philipp, and Robert Brackman. He lives in Southern California.
Zoe Silverman is a museum educator in Los Angeles. As Specialist for University Audiences at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, she manages programs for campus partners, including student gallery educators, academic internships, and arts-integrated professional development for teachers, graduate students, and faculty. She has worked as an educator and coordinator at a variety of arts institutions, including the Skirball Cultural Center, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt, and the Harvard Art Museums. She received an M.A. in Learning and Visitor Studies in Museums and Galleries from the University of Leicester and an M.A. in History from Harvard. In prior lives, Zoe was a medieval historian and high school teacher. These days, she is thinking about mindful approaches to arts education, social-emotional learning, and community wellbeing.
Arielle Nissenblatt is a geographer, podcaster, and sports-player. She moved to Los Angeles last year and lives in the Venice Beach Moishe House, where she helps to facilitate programming for the local Jewish community. Arielle grew up in New York where she attended Solomon Schecter Day School and Camp Ramah.
David Dassa is a world renowned Israeli dance teacher and choreographer, has taught Israeli folk dance in Los Angeles for the past 40 years and conducted hundreds of workshops throughout the United States and abroad. He led huge dance evenings here in the United States for 35 years with hundreds of dancers attending each weekly session. David, along with his first Israeli dance company, performed in the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He choreographed several biblical dance scenes for the DreamWorks film, The Prince of Egypt. David ran the famed Camp Rikud for over 20 years, since taking it over from his father, Dani Dassa, in the early 1990s. David now runs a Memorial Day Cultural Arts Weekend at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu (open to all of the community). David is also known for his work with children and has been teaching dance at Milken Community Schools since 1998. In June 2004, David joined Wilshire Boulevard Temple as the Director of Dance for Camp Hess Kramer and Brawerman Elementary School. David was the Director of Dance at Brandeis-Bardin Institute and at Camp Alonim for over 27 years.
Josh Berkowitz currently serves as Co-Artistic Director of Electric Lodge in Venice Beach. His curatorial work focuses on the breaking of insularity among the greater Los Angeles Performance Community. Josh has been the host of the monthly first Friday event High Voltage which acts as a hub for a wide range of performers from variety acts to site-specific dance. Berkowitz has produced over 30 events at Electric Lodge in the last year and has re-modeled the structure to personalize the organization’s artistic influence.
Josh Goldberg is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and cantorial soloist in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Josh attended Arts Magnet High School, where he studied music, and then went on to graduate from University of Southern California’s renowned Thornton School of Music in the Popular Music program. Josh released a self-titled EP in 2012, and followed up with a full-length album called ONE, which was released in 2016 and features 13 original songs and settings to Jewish liturgy, and he continues to write new music constantly. Josh has toured internationally with artists such as Craig Taubman and Rick Recht, and has performed at major Jewish conferences including URJ Biennial, Limmud UK, and BBYO International Convention. In 2017, Josh created his own record label and production company, Kosher Style Records, specializing in producing albums for up-and- coming contemporary Jewish songwriters from around the country. Josh is thrilled to be the musical director at Open Temple, and is excited to facilitate innovative and meaningful worship experiences for the Venice community. Josh is studying to be a cantor at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Josh lives in Sherman Oaks with his wife Andrea, their cat, Jazz, and their dog Frankie.
For more info and to hear Josh’s music visit: www.joshgoldbergmusic.com
Rachel Bordeleau, originally from the Midwest, recently moved to Los Angeles after working as a textile designer on the east coast. With a diverse background in all things art and events, Rachel has found a home with Open Temple’s adaptive and creative programming. In her free time, Rachel loves to bake treats, go on hikes, and daydream about finding a place to compost in the city.
Robin Murez is a public artist and instructor based in Los Angeles, California. Her sculptural installations throughout the US have won numerous awards, critical acclaim and are loved by their communities.
From transforming blighted street corners to creating surprising, contemplative and beautiful public spaces, Murez’ work relates seamlessly, if not unexpectedly, to its community and site, as it inspires sensory experiences and provokes conceptual investigations.
Both abstract and figurative, Murez’ work is often narrative: sculptural installations that set the stage and invite viewers to be transported into the story. Aesthetics and unexpected surprises draw viewers in, they then enjoy etherial sensations and explore conceptual beliefs.
Murez works both two and three dimensionally, in a wide range of mediums including bronze, concrete, glass, stone, resin, mosaic, steel, light, paint, earth and digital media. The scale of her work is from architectural to intimate and often draws upon the cultural history of individuals and communities.
One who occupies oneself with the needs of the community is as though one has occupied oneself with Torah.
Talmud Yerushalmi, Berakhot