Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance, Trybal Gatherings LA Day Camp

The Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance (BJEA) held an art exhibit in West Hollywood to honor black and Jewish women in the entertainment industry.

The art exhibit was titled “Through the Glass Ceiling: A Series of Portraits Paying Tribute to Black and Jewish Women Pioneers in Entertainment.”

From left: actress Emmanuel Chriqui and artist Juliet Gilden at the Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance gallery event.
Photo by Matt Gucci

The centerpiece of the event were acrylic paintings by Baltimore-based artist Juliet Gilden of BJEA members Diane Warren, 13-time Academy Award nominee for Best Song; Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount Pictures; actress Emmanuelle Chriqui; Orly Marley, president of Tuff Gong Records; singer-songwriter, DJ and activist Autumn Rowe; Phylicia Fant, Head of Music Industry Partnerships at Amazon Music; and Nancy Matalon, Vice President of Spirit Music Group.

Prior to the painting process, Gilden spent time speaking with each of her subjects to discuss their lives, careers, and aspirations for future generations of Black and Jewish women in entertainment. Their responses became the basis for the vibrant works of art on display.

The BJEA is a joint initiative of black and Jewish entertainment industry professionals dedicated to combating racism and anti-Semitism in the entertainment community.

“The Jewish community must continue to speak out against racial injustice and work to effect change, while the black community must continue to speak out against all forms of anti-Semitism,” the BJEA states in its unity statement.

The BJEA was founded in early 2021, just days after the US Capitol was stormed by a crowd carrying signs, symbols and slogans from the Confederacy and the Nazi Party.

“I’m honored to be part of such an inspiring group of diverse and trailblazing women, who have paved the way for so many others in the entertainment industry,” Rowe said. “I will continue to use my platform to fight racism and anti-Semitism, and I’m proud to be joined by women who have embodied courage, perseverance and tenacity throughout their incredible careers.”

Young Jewish professionals come together for LA Day Camp. Courtesy of Trybal Gatherings

Young Jewish professionals from Los Angeles gathered for LA Day Camp, a professional development opportunity for those working in a Hillel, conference, synagogue, day school, summer camp, foundation, think tank or start-up.

Organized by Trybal Gatherings and supported by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, the program was designed to ignite young Jewish leaders with new ideas, inspire curiosity and connect with one another.

Gathered May 12 at Camp Bob Waldorf, a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles Jewish site in Glendale, attendees enjoyed a range of chugim (your choice) during the busy day, from pickleball to yoga, cooking workshops to jam sessions.

“This unique, experiential professional development opportunity has helped Jewish professionals deliberately reconnect with colleagues in a fun environment,” said incoming Jewish Federations of North America President Julie Platt. “I am particularly delighted that more than 60 professionals from the Federation were able to have fun and strengthen their team.

LA Day Camp attendees enjoy a game of pickleball, one of the many activities offered during the unique professional development opportunity. Courtesy of Trybal Gatherings

The “camp advisers” included Rabbi Noah Farkas, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles; UCLA Hillel Director of Student Life Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh; Margalit Rosenthal, Regional Director of the Foundation for Jewish Camps; and Trybal Gatherings CEO Carine Warsawski.

“We were excited to bring LA Day Camp to Jewish professionals and help strengthen the local community,” Warsawski said. “All campers came away from this experience with inspiration, tools and modalities that can influence who they engage in their work.”

Trybal Gatherings is a national non-profit organization reimagining Jewish gatherings in a modern world.

Sara H. Byrd