The Deborah Lerner Gross Jewish Cultural Arts Center was established at MJBHA in 2002 through the generosity of dear friends and family in memory of Deborah Lerner Gross, a beloved parent who also served as Trustee of the school and member of the Executive Committee.
Under the dedicated direction of Rena Fruchter, the Center works together with administration and faculty to increase arts integration in both Judaic and general subjects for all students from nursery to twelfth grade. In particular, the Center focuses on the arts component of the Jewish curriculum, enhancing the teaching of Torah and middot (values) and the love of Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael in creative and exciting ways. Since its establishment, it has served as a model for arts integration in a day school setting, and has piloted many programs which have been replicated. The Center also sponsors many programs for area educators and the wider community which increase knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts.
We are appreciative for all that the Center has done to enrich the lives of our students– and the community- and are grateful to those visionaries who made it a reality.
Recent activities sponsored by DLGCAC:
The Lower School participated in our first Betzalel Jewish Arts Day sponsored by the Deborah Lerner Gross Cultural Arts Center. In the morning, Lower School students worked with local artists to learn new artistic techniques and to create beautiful personal expressions of their connection to Hashem and mitzvoth. In the afternoon, students listened to storyteller Noa Baum as she demonstrated the art of Jewish storytelling.