JAS Artists Beit Midrash

The Jewish Art Salon presents an Artists Beit Midrash in NYC.

The theme: Pardes: Encountering the Divine

“Four entered the Divine Orchard; one died, one when mad, one lost his faith and one emerged unscathed.”
Pardes is the Talmudic story (Chagigah 14b) of the search for mystical revelation. We will explore these Talmudic tales, mystical literature (Hekhalot) and other narratives of Divine encounters.

  • WHEN:
    8 Tuesdays, February 4 though March 31, 7-9 pm.
  • WHERE: 
    The Sixth Street Community Synagogue | 325 E. Sixth Street | New York, NY 10003 (between 1st and 2nd Aves).
    Rabbi Gavriel Bellino and artist Richard McBee, with guest instructor TBA.
  • COST:
    Free for JAS members and Community Synagogue members (proof of membership required).
    $75 For non-members. 
  • Registration closes January 31.
  • More info on the curriculum: Contact Richard McBee at richardmcbee@gmail.com
  • Other questions: jas@jewishartsalon.org


J.A.S. Members and Community Synagogue members sign up here.

Non-members register here


Each two-hour session will feature three components, each 40 minutes: Jewish Art History; Textual and commentary study; Art discussion and criticism.

Participants: Practicing artists who want to create Jewish-themed visual art. Artists working in any and all media, and at every skill level, are welcome. No knowledge of Jewish texts or Hebrew required.

Each participant will have the opportunity to react personally to the text, working in the art form of their choice, and to offer and receive responses to their work.

The course will culminate in an art exhibition in the Spring.

We may add extra-curricular activities, such as having dinner together afterwards at an East Village restaurant. Collaborations and out-of-the box thinking will be encouraged.

About the instructors

A native of Lower Manhattan, Rabbi Gavriel Bellino of the Community Synagogue studied at Yeshivat Shalavim outside of Jerusalem before getting his degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University. 

Rabbi Bellino diversifies approaches and experiences to make Judaism more accessible to the entire community through programs like his Foundations of Judaism class, and his inspiring musical havdallah service. 

His intellectual approach is diverse and ecumenical; he draws from such a wide net and boils down complex ideas into easily digestible points. You may be able to find him at a nearby underground coffee or beer shop, or possibly at a local boxing gym. 

Richard McBee

Richard McBee is a painter of Biblical subject matter and writer on Jewish Art.

Since 2000 he has written on the Jewish Arts for the Jewish Press and other publications, and continues to exhibit paintings, lecture and curate Jewish art exhibitions.

He is founding member of the Jewish Art Salon, and frequently curates exhibits.

His website richardmcbee.com exhibits over 300 of his artworks and 250 of his Jewish Art reviews.

Third Guest Instructor TBA.


  1. schneckbks1@aol.com · · Reply

    what time does it begin?what is the cost of membership?Schneckbks1@aol.com


    1. Dates and times are above in the posting. ( Tuesday eves 7-9). JAS membership is only $40.


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