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Sandro Rosell
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Arts & Culture

Some of the works on display at the new Betzalel GalleryExhibition Featuring Works by Legendary  Jewish Painter Itshak Holtz Opens This Week

The Betzalel Gallery, a new fine art gallery in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, demands attention. Its chic exterior - like that of a trendy Soho gallery - sits sandwiched between an aging laundromat and a bland, pre-war brownstone apartment building. Specializing in Chasidic Art, the gallery stands as a symbol of the continued revival of a once scarred community and the remarkable emergence of this art form.

Inside the Betzalel Gallery are the Rembrandts, van Goghs and Monets of the Chasidic art world. These are the most sought after – and highly ticketed - art pieces by the contemporary masters of Judaic art.
The gallery curator is Shmuel

One of the many jewels in Lily Safra’s prized collection.
The unique jewelry collection of eminent philanthropist Lily Safra is set to be auctioned by Christie’s of Geneva on May 14. The proceeds from the public sale will serve to benefit twenty charitable institutions. 

Safra’s collection includes the largest amount of jewels amassed by a single owner from the exclusive Parisian jeweler JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal) that has ever been put up for auction. The overall collection, which encompasses seventy lots, is estimated to be worth more than $20 million

Celebrated writer and Nazi collaborator Gertrude SteinPresentation of ‘Stein Collects’ at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to be Updated for Historical Accuracy

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer (D-Manhattan) have convinced The Metropolitan Museum of Art to reveal that its exhibit “The Steins Collect” was owned and collected by fascist/Nazi-collaborator Gertrude Stein.

“The Steins Collect”—a popular exhibit currently on display at the Met, which includes art from Matisse, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir

Lily Safra has donated to sundry Jewish and Israeli causes over the years. In addition to her philanthropy, Safra is also a collector of fine art.Sotheby’s is auctioning off Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” this week, and art collectors and bookies are predicting the 1895 painting may turn out to be the most expensive piece of art work ever sold at an auction. Sotheby’s estimates “The Scream” will sell for $80 million; bookmaking firms have more than doubled that number in their approximations.

The painting is the first of four Munch composed to be auctioned; the other three reside in galleries in Oslo, Norway.

A number of wealthy Jewish art

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier is bringing “The Shmuz,” a popular mussar learning program, to the Jews of South Africa this week.Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier, from “The Shmuz,” is in South Africa, having left New York on Tuesday (Apr. 29) for a whirlwind ten day tour.  In South Africa he is scheduled to speak sixteen times in various locations across the country.  These include a Shabbaton retreat, roundtables with prominent local businessmen, ladies’ groups, shuls, Ohr Sameach, a university, a Bais Yaakov high school, a mesivta and a kollel. 

“The Shmuz,” as the title implies, is a mussar talk that deals with a wide range of