Exhibition Opening Celebration 4.8.21

Adas Israel Congregation is pleased to invite the public to celebrate the opening of Authenticity and Identity, a visual arts exhibition curated by Ori Z. Soltes, on view from April 5 to May 14, 2021. 

Authenticity and Identity addresses contemporary Jewish identity through more than 70 works of painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking, by contemporary Israeli artists, European artists, and artists from around the United States, including many from the Washington, D.C. region. Exhibition curator Ori Z Soltes is a pre-eminent scholar of Jewish art, culture, and history, and a professor at Georgetown University. The former Director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum he is co-founding Director of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project and has authored numerious books including, The Ashen Rainbow: Essays on the Arts and the Holocaust; and Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish art and Architecture. Dr. Soltes was assisted by exhibition director Robert Bettmann, and the exhibition is produced with support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Hakhel Jewish Community Incubator. A printed exhibition catalog is available from Day Eight books.

Join us for an opening night celebration including: welcome from Rabbi Aaron Alexander, discussion of the exhibition by curator Ori Z. Soltes, breakout rooms with the exhibiting artists, and a Klezmer performance by Seth Kibel.


Heddy Abramowitz * Dr. Barry Alpert * Michele Amira Pinczuk * Avrum Ashery * Marilyn Banner * Joe Baur * Rick Black * Adam Brown * Cassandra Clark * Deborah Addison Coburn * Kalman Gavriel Delmoor * Edna Kurtz Emmet * Zoe Feldman * Anna Fine Foer * Diane Fredgant * Barbara Gelman * Barry Goldstein * KJ Hannah Greenberg * Goldie Gross * Jonathan Hertzel * Julia Ilyutovich * Ronni Jolles * Judith Joseph * Rachel Kanter * Karey Kessler * Aaron Koster * Diana Kurz * Geoffrey Laurence * Stacy Leeman * Tanya Levina * Shelley Lowenstein * Susie Lubell * Ruth Simon McRae * Yevgeniya Pavlova *  Leah Raab * Jacob Rath * Philip Ratner * Gail Rebhan * Rachel Ahava Rosenfeld * Susan Schrott * Eliyahu Shafer * Stephen Sholl * Joel Silverstein * Hillel Smith * Peter Sprung * Josh Stein * Miriam Stern * Heather Stoltz * Adrienne Torrey *  Karen Warshal * Joyce Ellen Weinstein * Mil Wexler * Nona Zilberberg * Bonnie Zuckerman * Billha Zussman 


Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, “When You’re Smiling,” was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. His song “New Waltz” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW). www.sethkibel.com