Visual Arts

Allan and Leah Rabinowitz Gallery

The Allan and Leah Rabinowitz Gallery on Slifka Center’s second floor serves as home to dynamic exhibitions, displaying unique and varied works of Jewish, Israeli and international artists exploring themes of identity and values. Shows include emerging artists, some perhaps exhibiting their works for the first time, while others will be retrospective works of veteran artists. Throughout the year Slifka Center will partner with faculty, students, curators and other institutions in presenting works on a range of subjects.


Slifka Center is currently under renovations; we look forward to featuring your exhibits when we return!

Typically Gallery Hours are: Sunday – Friday 7 am – 11 pm until May 8, and then by appointment only until the end of the exhibition

a brief look at past exhibits



Photos by Anvay Tewari ‘19

Anvay Tewari is a junior at Yale who spent this past summer in Israel, as part of the TAMID Summer Internship that includes travel to different regions of the country – from the metropolis of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Nazareth, and from the Golan Heights to the depths of the Southern Negev Desert.

The photos on display today try to capture the experience of a tourist in Israel, who, as time goes by, gains a deeper understanding of the social and cultural fabric of this fascinating land and ultimately falls in love with the country.


Photographer & Researcher Ari S. Friedlaender examines the charm & spirit of Antarctica. This exhibit features photos of the wildlife and vast natural scenery.

Summer 2016


On view from the end of January 2016- February 2016

Silent No More: Jews, African Americans, and Civil Rights

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This exhibit looks at the role of  Jews in the American Civil Rights movement during the 1960’s and brings strong parallels to the continuing fight for Racial Justice today.

November 2015- January 2016

Dorit Gur: The Art of Receiving

Dorit Gur

Dorit Gur was born in Israel in 1969. Drawn to art at a young age, her studies focused on painting, sculpture and pottery, but she also had a keen interest in calligraphy and Kabbalah.  Her work is characterized by strong colors, and combines the techniques of acrylic painting and free hand calligraphy.

Strongly influenced by biblical themes, Dorit’s work centers on Kabbalistic topics: the 72 names of God, the Tree of Life, Creation, and Beginning. Her first painting was about the alliance between Noah and God, and the acceptance of every human being for who they are.  The “Bereshit” paintings for which she is widely known depict the creation of the world as we know it, and convey her yearning to experience the harmony that existed in the beginning.

Dorit has exhibited her work in many single artist exhibitions in Israel, and her paintings have been sold to collectors all over the world. First represented by a gallery in Safed, the Jewish spiritual center overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Dorit now owns her own gallery in Old Jaffa, the artist quarter of Tel Aviv, and plans on opening another gallery in Safed later this year.

Curated by Hannah LaBovick ’18 and Eddie Maza ’18


October 2015 (Limited features in November & December 2015)

Nathan Hilu: Visions of Judaism, History, and Life in New York*


Nathan Hilu is a New York native who has lived in the New York City for over 60 years. As a New Yorker and observant Jew with a keen interest in Jewish customs, theology and mythology, Hilu has achieved renown as an artist reflecting his life and times as well as his commentary on New York and Jewish themes.

Hilu was born in New York City in 1925 and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before returning to New York City in 1957 after being honorably discharged for the U.S. Army. A World War II and Korean War veteran, he served in the U.S. Army from 1945–1957. In Germany he served as a prison guard at Nuremberg, attached to the 6850th Internal Security Detachment where he guarded high ranking Nazi Party members, German military servicemen, and German government officials on trial for war crimes. Following the end of World War II, he continued his military service in Japan and various bases in the United States.

This series presents various themes of Hilu’s art. He captures major life events including weddings, divorces, the first wrapping of Tefilin, holiday celebrations, and death memorials. He depicts the richness of New York City daily life from his perspective. His work also draws on extensively on Jewish life: here, we have a series on Synagogues as well as works on how the artist perceives himself. Finally, we present several pieces of Biblical scenes channeled through Hilu. We invite you to explore the collection.

*Biographical information as well as commentary about Nathan Hilu’s artistic style and nature of his memoir are adapted from Nathan Hilu’s Biographical Sketch in the American Jewish Archives,

Currated by Sam Sussman ’16 and Eddie Maza ’18


August 2015 – October 2015

Derech HaEinayim Sheli: Israel Through the Eyes of the Community 

This exhibit featurewebsite pic for galleryd photographs taken by the Yale community in Israel the previous Year. This exhibit showcased the beauty and diversity of the sights, trips and experiences, from beautiful vistas, to group snapshots, and so much more.







October 30, 2014 through February 1, 2015

Patricia Klindienst’s, No One Remembers Alone: Memory, Migration and the Making of an American Family.

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 30th,  4:30 to 7:30 pm.

Friedlaender-Krohner Lecture: Thursday, October 30th, 5:30 pm
Featuring Patricia Klindienst, curator of NO ONE REMEMBERS ALONE: MEMORY, MIGRATION AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY.  4:30 to 7:30 pm.