Volunteer of the Month – October 2021

Georgia Freedman-Harvey

This month we recognize a volunteer who has brought great leadership to our Music & Cultural Arts Committee, as well as incredible new programs. Temple Beth El has a history and a legacy in the arts, but until recently, this was primarily exhibited through excellence in music and concerts, with smatterings of film, literature, and visual arts.

When Georgia Freedman-Harvey joined Temple Beth El, this art curator and working artist saw an opportunity to grow our Jewish connection to the Arts. A graduate of the Annenberg School of Communication at USC (MA) and Pitzer College (BA), Georgia also holds a certificate from the Museum Management Institute. Throughout her amazing career, she has worked as an Art Consultant, managing collections and curating galleries and shows around the world. She is the Curator of the American Jewish University Platt Gallery and Borstein Gallery, while recently ascending to the role of President of the Jewish Artists Initiative, in Los Angeles.

Since joining Temple Beth El, Georgia has served on our Board of Directors and currently is the chair of our Music and Cultural Arts Committee. As such, Georgia has spearheaded our Artists Beit Midrash, a monthly gathering of artists to study Jewish text and share how their Judaism inspires their art. This group crosses all lines of the arts, including writers, songwriters, sculptors, musicians, chefs, florists, and, of course, visual artists of all mediums. Most recently, Georgia, along with the Artists Beit Midrash, designed and oversaw the construction of our new Sukkah. Inspired by Sukkah City (www.sukkahcity.com), an incredible installation in New York City, our new sukkah celebrates not only the artists of Temple Beth El, but the memories of our own Ushpezin, the souls of our loved ones, who we welcome into our sukkah.

Georgia Freedman-Harvey is just another example of how passion becomes our mission. She wasted no time engaging in community when she joined Temple Beth El, and offering to bring her passions to our TBE family. Through her commitment, we have grown a new group of learners and beautified our Klei Kodesh (holy objects), through the installation of the new sukkah. May her passion, drive, and commitment be a beacon of light to all our members, demonstrating that Temple Beth El is a place to share and explore your own Jewish experience. Thank you Georgia, for all you have volunteered to contribute to our growing community.

If you would like to nominate someone as Volunteer of the Month, please reach out to Carrie Jacobs at tbeoffice@bethelsp.org. Thank you so much!