Reflecting AJU’s longstanding commitment to the exploration of ideas and creative practice, the IJC creates and incubates arts and cultural programming for the broader Los Angeles community. Founded in 2014, the IJC’s mission is to integrate Jewish artists into the larger Jewish communal context, and provide attractive cultural programming that appeals to people of diverse backgrounds. Both inward and outward facing, the IJC works to strengthen Jewish identities, and encourages artistic contributions that help create an authentic, nuanced, and thriving Jewish culture. The IJC promotes, nourishes and trains a cadre of artists and thought leaders, enriching Los Angeles as an incubator of creativity.
The IJC’s goal is to foster an artist community founded on reciprocity, collaboration and inclusivity, and enhance the Los Angeles Jewish cultural landscape. The programs offered by the IJC provide unique access points to Jewish history, text and tradition, while emphasizing the importance of vibrant contemporary Jewish life.
American Jewish University
Whizin Center for Continuing Education
15600 Mulholland Dr.
Los Angeles, California 90077
Dr. Rotem Rozental is the Director of the IJC. She is also the Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center and Chief Curator of the American Jewish University. Rotem is a photo-historian, writer, and curator. Traversing the domains of technology, media and art, Rotem has been working as a consultant, editor, writer and organizer for international publications, as well as cultural non-profits and organizations in Israel and The US.
In 2015-2016, she served as the Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Research Fellow for Jewish Culture at the Center for Jewish History in NYC (CJH). Her curatorial projects also include Dead Lands: Karkaot Mawat, winner of the NurtureArt 2015-2016 Curatorial Call, We – Festi-Conference for Creative Collectives (2012-2013, Jerusalem), Three Cities Against the Wall (New York, Ramallah and Tel Aviv, 2005), and the collaborative archival project Outlet: The Archive of the Israeli Trade Center. Her writings and scholarly texts have appeared in magazines, journals, and publications such as Photographies, Philosophy of Photography, Artforum.com, Tablet.com, and Uncertain States.