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Brighton Jewish Arts Society

The Brighton and Hove Jewish Community Arts Society was founded in 1981. Simon Clyne, described in the Association of Mirror Pensioners as “the premier Fleet Street picture editor of the 1950s and 60s” advertised in the Evening Argusfor like-minded people to join him and share his love of the arts. Soon meetings began at his… Read more »

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The Brighton and Hove Jewish Community Arts Society was founded in 1981. Simon Clyne, described in the Association of Mirror Pensioners as “the premier Fleet Street picture editor of the 1950s and 60s” advertised in the Evening Argusfor like-minded people to join him and share his love of the arts. Soon meetings began at his and members’ homes. An exhibition soon followed and the fledgling arts society was established. Lord Goodman kindly agreed to become Patron.

As the years went by, membership increased to more than 80 full members under the admirable leadership of Arnold Lewis. Later, Audrey Davis took the helm and worked tirelessly with monthly newsletters, meetings, outings and lectures over many years.

However, as time passed, it became apparent that although Gerald Zebrak and Leo Van Buren continued their weekly painting sessions, the membership was ageing and a new strategy had to be found. In 2003 I found myself in the position of chairman. The society was renamed Jewish Arts Society (JAS) and with the help and support of Ralli Hall, we have a society for artists, run by artists for artists of all standards, with an emphasis on local Jewish members.

Today we hold weekly painting sessions in oils, watercolour and drawing in our studio at Ralli Hall, together with an annual arts exhibition and occasional outings.We have a waiting list of applicants wishing to join. All are welcome to visit our studio and see us at work.

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