8 2023

Art of Israel - A Jewish Art Education Course

12:00PM - 1:00PM  

Simon Family JCC 5000 Corporate Woods Drive
Suite 100
Virginia Beach, VA

Contact Sierra Lautman

Art of Israel


The Art of Israel surveys the history of the land through art objects. It begins with the building of King Solomon’s Temple, and continues with the Jewish catacombs, the synagogue mosaics, and the establishment of the modern State of Israel. This program follows the sweep of Israeli history while focusing on the visual arts and artists of recent centuries. 


FREE for JCC members with code MemberJAE at checkout. $5 for JCC Guests. Includes lunch.

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About the instructor:

Rick Rivin is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. He attended Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Architecture. As the Vice President of LIFE, INC., a project and construction management firm in Chesapeake, VA, Rivin provided expert opinions regarding building envelope performance problems and the investigation and remediation of dysfunctional buildings. He also served on the Construction Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and worked to mediate and arbitrate many construction-related disputes. He has served as an Adjunct Instructor in Construction Specifications Writing and Construction Management at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA and Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, VA.

After a 40+ year professional career, he remains a member Emeritus of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and has been elevated to Fellowship in the Constructions Specifications Institute (CSI). 

He recently joined the staff of the Jewish Art Education Corporation (JAE) as a program presenter. Formerly, he served as president of the Portsmouth Kiwanis Club, of Temple Sinai, and of the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center. He is now a member of Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk, VA, where he has served on its Board of Directors.

Fascinated by the many Jewish architects who have practiced in the United States, he has researched the lives of nine of them who have achieved celebrity status during the last century. This presentation explores the work and backgrounds of Jews who have been recognized, both nationally and internationally, for their substantial impact on the entire architectural profession.