The Jewish Jerusalem Fine Art Store, founded in late 2014, displays and sells the works of some of Israel’s finest contemporary artists.
Jonathan Hemley, CEO/Director of Operations
Jonathan Hemley earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at California State University and a Masters in Computer Science. He has worked for over twenty years in both the business and development sides of the software industry including working on the Web for over fifteen years. He helped found and served as CTO of CompuNational, an internet start-up and has worked for Answers.com, TRW, Northrop, UBS, and Southern California Association of Governments among others. CompuNational almost went public just prior to the dot com crash. He grew up in a well known literary family of writers, editors, and publishers. Jonathan made aliyah with his family in 2004.
David Laker, Director of Art & Business Development
David Laker earned certification as a Financial Consultant and Planner (Hons) at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Sciences, Toronto. David finished the Accounting program at the Society of Management Accountants, Toronto. Entrepreneurial experience includes Savvy Consulting in Toronto, offering accounting, investing and debt counseling to clients. Canadian Decorative Art - co owner of an on line art gallery and art business furnishing Corporate Canada and professional firms with original Canadian art. David also held positions as Controller at the Conservation Council of Ontario, General Manager at Waddington's Auction House. Activity in the Not For Profit world includes the following: Co-President of the Ontario Ballet Theater, Board Member of Sound Times - an agency supplying social recreation to the mentally challenged, Board Member of Doctors Hospital - Advisory Committee and Board Member of Arts Carousel -Attendant care and social Recreation David and his family made aliyah in 2007.
Caryn Lipson, Editor in Chief and Marketing Strategist
Caryn Lipson earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and has experience in both public and private accounting. She founded and published a local magazine for the Staten Island, New York Jewish community where she lived and was also cofounder of a children’s book magazine for Jewish day school children nationwide. Caryn made aliyah with her family in 2010. Since then she has been working for an online information website, researching and writing her own blogs, and providing internet research services for an Israeli start-up in the health field. In addition to her editing responsibilies, Caryn is heavily involved in our marketing efforts.
Barak Bard, Director of Video Production
Barak, American born and raised, long-term resident in France, now Israeli citizen, began working invideo over twenty years ago as VTR operator, and later video editor at SEE-EIR, a Paris basedbroadcast facility producing television for the European and American networks. He has worked manyyears as a freelance video editor, working for nearly every video house in Paris. In 1991 he launchedhis own video production company WHIZ making documentary and institutional films. In December1999, Bard immigrated to Israel where he founded Video Bard and has been producing institutional,documentary and performing arts videos ever since.! ! The hats he wears are those of Producer,Director, Cameraman, Audio Operator, Editor, Scriptwriter and Voice-over (English).
Dawn Reichman, Associate Editor
Dawn Reichman also known as "Shachar", the Hebrew name for "Dawn", is a UCLA graduate, retired attorney, former police officer, and grandmother, who made aliyah to Israel seven years ago. She is a freelance writer and also has a weekly column called "Our Eyes in Israel" by Shachar that she writes for an online newspaper out of the Los Angeles area. She was President of her local Bar Association and Chairperson of its Citizens Law School, Mock Trial coach for a local high school, Lawand Government Advisory Board Member, and served on the Board of Directors of several charities.She is currently on the Board and Program Chair of an English speaking chapter of Emunah, a religious woman's organization, in Rehovot, Israel where she has resided since making aliyah. She was awarded Certificates of Appreciation for her volunteer pro-bono work in the court system, American Jurisprudence Awards for academic achievement, and received a Meritorious Commendation when she was in law enforcement. Writing, cooking, reading, and volunteering are just a few of her passions.