Janice Charach Gallery



Located in the Jewish Community Center of West Bloomfield, the Janice Charach Gallery hosts exhibitions of Jewish and non-Jewish established and emerging artists. Exhibitions include glass, ceramics, multi-media, painting, fiber arts, photography and more. Educational programs also are offered. As a tribute to Janice Charach's relationship with the College for Creative Studies, the Gallery also hosts annual shows in cooperation with CCS. The Gallery is endowed by Natalie & Manny Charach, in their daughter's memory.

Upcoming Exhibition
The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation presents:

Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman

Curated by Jill Vexler, Ph.D.

Pictures of Resistance’ will open on October 19, 2014 with an opening reception from 1-4. Holocaust Memorial Center docents will be on hand for further questions and information.
The exhibit continues until December 14, 2014

This exhibition presents one partisan’s wartime story. Joining the partisans was Faye Schulman’s path to survival and her chance to avenge the deaths of her family members. Being a partisan became Faye’s way of life. Her life is a representative of thousands of others, with one extraordinary difference: Faye had a camera. She documented partisan life from 1942 to 1944, in what is now the Republic of Belarus. Her photographs transport us into the forests and field hospitals. They let us feel the icy winters and the warmth of the camaraderie that united these brave fighters.

The exhibit is made possible by Thomas & Johanna Baruch, the Epstein/Roth Foundation, the Purjes Foundation, the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, the Holocaust Council of UJA Metro West, and Diane & Howard Wohl.

Special Events During the Exhibition

Lecture by Mirian M. Brysk Ph.D.

Survival in the Russian Partisans of the Lipiczany Forest

Miriam is a Holocaust child survivor from Warsaw, Poland. She was interned in the Lida ghetto in Belarus where her family was selected to die in a ghetto slaughter, but survived. She then escaped with her parents to the nearby Russian partisans in the Lipiczany forest. Her father, a surgeon, established a hospital in the forest, where hundreds were saved.

To protect her from rape, her parents turned Miriam into a boy, and she was given a gun of her own on her eighth birthday. She was liberated in June 1944, and came to America in 1947 at age 12, unable to speak English and with no previous formal schooling. She finished (NYU) college at age 20, and then, after 2 children, went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University.

Miriam spent her career as a scientist and medical school professor at the University of Texas. After retiring, she became an artist and writer depicting the plight of her family and the Jews during the Holocaust. Miriam has created three major Holocaust art exhibits, In a Confined Silence in 2005, Children of the Holocaust in 2008 and Scroll of Remembrance in 2013. Miriam has had some 30 solo exhibits and is a frequent speaker on the Holocaust, particularly on Jewish resistance and the Partisans in the Soviet Union.

Three of her works are in the permanent Holocaust art collection of Yad Vashem. Her memoir, Amidst the Shadows of Trees: A Holocaust Child’s Survival in the Partisans” was published in 2013 and has since been awarded “The Gold Medal for Adult Non-Fiction” by the Florida Association of Publishers and Writers, as well as the “Best Narrative-Non Fiction Award” by the Independent Publishers of New England”. Her Holocaust Art Book “The Stones Weep: Teaching the Holocaust through a Survivor’s Art (with Co-author Margaret Lincoln was also published in 2013. The art book has been selected as “The Book of the Year” by the Independent Publishers of New England. Miriam lives with her husband Henry (a survivor from France) in Ann Arbor, MI; they have two daughters and five grandchildren.

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Guided tour of the exhibit with Holocaust Memorial Center docents.

Thursday, December 4, 2014- 6:30 p.m.
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SAJE and the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies present:

A lecture with Professor Zvi Gitelman
Professor of Political Science and Preston Tisch
Professor of Judaic Studies

University of Michigan
"Soviet Jewish Partisans in WWII: Fighting For Stalin Or For the Jewish People?”
Join us for a fascinating look at the motivations, struggles, extraordinary lives and stories of Jewish partisans in the USSR during the Holocaust – and the surprising legacy they left to descendants.
Thursday, December 4, 2014- 7:30 p.m.

Dane Gussin

Join us for a showcase of photographs by Emmy-award-winning filmmaker and photographer Dane Gussin. His newest series of work will be on display in the upper level of the gallery during “pictures of Resistance”. The opening reception will be on October 19, 2014 from 1-4.

Special Event: Sunday, December 7 at 1 p.m.

Dane will show his documentary, “Dane’s World”, a short film describing how Dane uses his nature photographs to help others through therapy and healing.
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“I think it’s not only important for me during the course of my life to give back; I also want to leave something which stays with people after I’m gone. A photograph should tell a story that endures.” –Dane Gussin

Featuring Natalie Estep in the Side Gallery
Be sure to visit our Side Gallery, showcasing a new and upcoming artist whose works are shaping, reflecting and defining the world today.

Natalie Estep has worked in many artistic fields including film, community restoration, museum design and installation, theatre and scenic design. Her artwork has been featured in many galleries and publications, both locally and internationally. Her current visual art work depicts the colorful complexity of life through self-portraits, creating a connection with the viewer through emotional vulnerability and vivid color.

Jewelry, fused glass, ceramics, clothing, frames, teas, soaps and more can be found in our recently stocked Gallery Shop. Each piece is designed and hand crafted local artists. We are the perfect stop to pick up a gift or something special for yourself.


Salvaged wood frames
by Mutual Adoration


Painted Chamsa on fused glass wine bottle
by Lauren Cohen


Fused glass birds
by Alysa Diebolt


Granulation earrings
by Christine Bossler


Fused glass clocks and tiles by Nina Cambron
by Nina Cambron


Ceramic Tzedakah box
by Linda Schwartz

Our Mission
The Janice Charach Gallery provides a forum for the creation, exhibition and interpretation of visually oriented media. We promote works of fine art created by Jewish and non-Jewish artists providing unique opportunities for emerging and acknowledged artists.

Janice Charach


June 30, 1950 - June 16, 1989

The Janice Charach Gallery at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield was established and named in the memory of the daughter of Natalie and Manny Charach. A talented and recognized artist, Janice passed away from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in June of 1989. She was 38 years old.