When words aren't enough

The visual arts aren’t just decoration. They’re history and future, past and present, dialogue and action, knowledge and wisdom

We know that Jewish culture and arts are the common denominator of the Jewish people, and the backbone of a Jewish community. The arts tie us together, provoke us, help us express ourselves.

The arts build community.

From the stunning ritual art of Jewish communities to contemporary Jewish artists finding their own niche in today’s modern world, art has enriched us. With art from the Jewish Artists Laboratory, as well as from other Jewish artists here and internationally, there’s so much to see at the J.

From our seasonal exhibits in the Surlowe Promenade in the Marcus Pavilion, to special seminars and speakers, the visual arts don’t just hang on a wall at the JCC – they come alive, invigorate us, and bring us together.

Upcoming Exhibits at the JCC Surlow Promenade |Directions 
Photography of Robert Oppenheim September – November
With his ever-present camera, Robert Oppenheim used photography to interact with the world around him. His images not only showcase his talents as a photographer, but they also reveal his emotions, experiences, and his journey through life.
Yossi Veissid Exhibit November – January
A graduate of the Belazel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Yossi Veissid is an architect, artist, curator, and lecturer. His artistic work is mostly intuitive and combines architectural, cultural, and social insights that examine extreme situations and situations of urban exhaustion.
Special Needs & Inclusion Exhibit • February
Join Tapestry and the JCC’s Center for Inclusion and Special Needs (CISN) for the First Annual CISN Art Show. The art show is intended to draw attention to Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAAIM) which is celebrated every February. JDAAIM is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them. Art displayed during this show was selected from a group of artists from CISN who have participated in art classes or programs at the JCC.

Questions about visual arts at the JCC?

Contact Rachel Pressman, Community Programs Director, at 414-967-8258.

Jewish Film Festvial

The Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival celebrates the quality, diversity, and innovation of Jewish film making from around the world.


Adult Social Programs

Fun isn’t just for the kids. At the J, adults make connections while playing basketball and getting fit, but also while playing games, listening to speakers, and spending time with their peers.



Make your Arts experience an active one with our performance programs; theater, music, ideas and beyond.