Journey to Judaism: An Art Show

Journey to Judaism
An Artful Exploration of Jewish concepts, people, and places

Local artist, Beth Bourland, converted to Judaism in 2020. Because she is a watercolorist she chose to document her journey not through writing, but through painting. An award winning artist, Beth sought out visual Jewish elements that illuminated her learning.  She visited the East Bay’s oldest shul, traveled to the Jewish cemetery in Colma, met up with an IDF soldier and her dog, heard violins restored from the Holocaust, attended local Jewish events, and found teachers in her fellow congregants.

With original watercolor, paper assemblage, photography and illustration, Beth’s art series explores spirituality in general, as well as examining specific places, people, and concepts in Judaism.  Seekers and art lovers of all stripes are very welcome!!  You’ll find many overlaps with creativity, various spiritual pathways, philosophies, and world issues.

There will be a viewing of the exhibit and a presentation by the artist discussing her path to Judaism and how the various images impacted her Jewish growth.

You don’t have to be a convert to enjoy the beauty of the art and the profound, explorative learning of the artist. Please RSVP so we know to expect you. Simply email me at

Date:   Friday, August 5 after Shabbat services
Time:   7:30pm
Place:   Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
Presented by Temple Sinai’s Fine Arts Committee with Building Jewish Bridges