The Main Street Gallery is an exhibit space designed by Sol LeWitt and in which we show art works with Jewish themes, by Jewish artists, that relate to our community, or that educate the viewers on a topic of concern. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact the CBSRZ office for more information or to register group visits.


Robert Jacoby and Rita Brieger

February – March – April 2017


Robert Jacoby

Robert Jacoby retired as an academic veterinarian from the Yale School of Medicine in 2004.  In his more than thirty years as an acc­omplished artist, he has exhibited in many juried shows and shown in local galleries including Congregation Bethel Keser Israel.  His work is included in two dozen private collections and at the Yale School of Medicine.

Jacoby’s approach to painting “varies in emphasis between color and marks, depending on the spontaneous dialogue that emerges between my psyche and a painting as the latter takes form.  This is all in service to personal discovery about the meanings and mysteries of duende.  The result, not surprisingly, is stylistic diversity which may seem confusing to viewers looking for a consistent “voice” in my work.  This is a small price I pay to stay authentic to my internal compass.”

Jacoby and his wife, Marcia, have lived in Guilford since 1971 and are founding members of Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison.  They enjoy the company of their two children and five grandchildren


Rita Brieger

Most people know Rita Brieger as a Bridge teacher or the Rabbi’s wife and are surprised to discover yet another side of her…the artist.  Since Brieger’s graduation from the University of Connecticut in 1965, she has studied watercolor, acrylic and drawing, worked with notable artists and taken workshops with Beth Patterson, William “Skip” Lawrence and Steve diGiovanni.  Brieger’s paintings have been exhibited in art shows throughout Connecticut including Oxford Cultural Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Hamden Art League and Paint and Clay.

As an artist Brieger has “learned that the creative process is so hard and is, in fact, unique for each individual artist.  A work of art is a reflection of the SOUL print of the artist.  Art has taught me so much about myself, giving me a way to express myself in ways that I had never before been able to verbalize.  I love to be spontaneous, yet I need structure in my life.  My wardrobe is basically black, white and beige, but my paintings often explode with color.  I do not like being told what to do, yet I need direction.”

Having been married to the Rabbi who led Temple Emanuel in Orange, Connecticut for thirty-three years, Brieger jokingly refers to herself as the “Rebbetzin Emeritus.”  She now resides in Bethany, Connecticut where she is the devoted grandmother to her five-month old, twin granddaughters




Dorothy “Sis” Palmer

December, 2016 to January, 2017

CBSRZ member Peg Palmer, with the help of her daughter, Sarah Hornung, gathers together her mother’s beautiful artwork for this exhibit. Large, colorful, exquisite flowers fill Dorothy “Sis” Palmer’s canvases. Gallery, corporate headquarters, and large institutions throughout the country collected Palmer’s work. The Palmer family will be donating the proceeds from all work sold to CBSRZ.

An opening reception will be held January 8, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Phil Levine

August to November, 2016

Stratford, Connecticut artist and sculptor Phil Levine will do a composite retrospective of flat work and sculptural works for our gallery. “As I continue my study of Judaism, the way I come to terms with what I am learning is by making ‘Hand Made Midrah.” My works are study pieces on Jewish life, Jewish ritual objects and on Holocaust studies.”

Connecticut Valley Photo Club

May to July, 2016

A new photo exhibit by the members of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club is now on display through July.

Following A Passion started in 2002, the CVCC is an active group that boasts 45 members and backgrounds as diverse as the photographs they create.  From architect to molecular biologists, to flight attendant, they are united in their passion for capturing sights that speak to them (a UCONN Gallery Statement).

The group makes its second appearance in our Main Street Gallery.  The exhibit will remain open to the public Monday thru Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Juniper Foster

February 12 to April 30, 2016

New York artist Juniper Foster in her abstract and representational paintings strives to take us on a journey, “…but I want you to see my bruises and scrapes along the way. My identity is hidden behind a curtain of being American…inside a culture which is often horrifying… Being an artist…able to see, feel and create what cannot be defined…that is magnificent.”

In June of 2015, Foster had a NYC show with Harry Folsom for the Highline Art Walk and her work will appear in the Hali Foundation fundraiser for underprivileged, autistic children.

Artist statement

An opening reception will be held March 13th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Steve Nadler

November 17, 2015 to January, 2016

Photographer Steve Nadler comes to CBSRZ on the heels of his highly acclaimed show in New York, “A Moment in Time.” An Essex resident and CBSRZ member, this is Nadler’s third exhibit in the Main Street Gallery. From the human condition to the wonders of nature, from photos that define the meaning of “family” to those that reveal the secrets of the smallest elements that make up our world, Nadler’s focus through the camera lense is always new and exciting.


December 6, 2:015 to 5:00 p.m.






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First Fridays

  • 5:45 Tot Shabbat
  • 6:15 Potluck Dinner
  • 7:00 First Friday Service


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