Reflecting on the unique histories, traditions, and experiences of Jewish artists, in 2015, Day Eight’s founder, Robert Bettmann, created the Jewish Artists of the National Capitol Region. The group was formed to connect DC-area Jewish artists, with the hope of finding ways to co-support.

In 2019 the group received a small grant through the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Israel. Day Eight continues its Jewish Arts programming within the context of the Jewish Artists group.

Read below for more about the group’s leadership and projects, and to view artwork by leaders of the Jewish Artists of the National Capitol Region.

“Motzi” mural by community leader Hillel Smith

The Jewish Artists of the National Capital Region (JANCR)

2024 Leadership

Robert Bettmann

Ori Z. Soltes


Hillel Smith


Sarah Tasman

Barry Goldstein

David Ebenbach


Authenticity and Identity

A 2021 visual art exhibition curated by Ori Z Soltes and produced with congregation Adas Israel exploring the Jewish experience in 50 artworks by artists from around the globe.

Falling Leaves

A 2019 interfaith poetry anthology edited by Robert Bettmann and Susan Meehan published by Day Eight in partnership with the Washington Council of Churches.


Day Eight produces informal gatherings to encourage area Jewish artists to learn from one another-frequently with a guest presenter.

Online Community

To support informal connection and community, the Jewish Artists of the National Capitol Region have a private Facebook group.

Affiliated Advisors – National and International

Judith Joseph
Yona Verwer

Learn more and participate

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