Experience the Leon Family Gallery at the Simon Family JCC as never before! From Yoni Alter’s pop art styled city skylines to the social media juggernaut Humans of Tel Aviv, this year’s vibrant line-up of art and photography exhibits allow self-guided tours to explore how art and community intersect.


All exhibits are free and open to the public, allowing the community access to collections featuring a variety of mediums that represent Israeli and Jewish artists. There’s a different artist each month, so make sure to visit often!

This Month


Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s 15th Annual Grieving Children’s Art Show


Many children suffer the loss of a significant loved one before age 18. Jewish Family Service of Tidewater is available to help these young people and their families. Jewish Family Service counseling staff, through the Dozoretz Center for Healing and the Jessica Glasser Children’s Therapeutic Pavilion, specializes in helping individuals of all ages cope with loss and grieving. One component of this program is a free support group for children, teens, and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one: Peace by Piece. This program is operated by Edmarc in collaboration with JFS.


JFS and Edmarc co-sponsor an annual art show—now in its 15th year—that displays the creative drawings and words of local grieving children and teens. This is an opportunity for these young people to share their feelings with others and to see that they are not alone. The art show is open to any school-aged youth in Tidewater who has experienced the death of a loved one. Over the past 14 years, more than 400 pictures have been displayed.


After this annual Grieving Children’s Art Show in the Leon Family Gallery, artwork will be on display for one night only for Peace by Piece families on May 30, 2019. Following that, the artwork will return to either JFS or Edmarc for display throughout the rest of the year.


For more information on the exhibit, program, or services offered by JFS, contact Debbie Mayer, LCSW, at JFS at 757-459-4640 or dmayer@jfshamptonroads.

For more information on the Leon Family Gallery, please contact Callah Terkeltaub, Arts + Ideas Manager, at 757-321-2331 or cterkeltaub@ujft.org.