Remembering Mayer Kirshenblatt, 1916-2009

Mayer Kirshenblatt, the artist whose paintings opened a window onto Jewish life in Poland before the Holocaust, died November 20, 2009 at age 93. Kirshenblatt started painting at age 73 at the urging of his family, who asked him to “paint what you remember”. Over the years he created almost 300 paintings, each an illustrated [more...]


They Called Me Mayer July Wins the Samuel and Rose Cohen Memorial Award!

Congratulations to Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, authors of They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, for winning the Samuel and Rose Cohen Memorial Award in Biography/Memoir from the Canadian Jewish Book Award jury at the Koffler Centre for the Arts. The Canadian Jewish Book Awards [more...]


Book Launch for They Called Me Mayer July

The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco will be hosting a book launch party for Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’s new book, They Called Me Mayer July, on September 5th at 8pm. This will be the precursor to an exhibition of Mayer Kirshenblatt’s artwork at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley that will [more...]