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We exist to raise awareness for our cause and bring change to the lives of those we serve in our community. With your help we can make a difference. Our website furthers our mission by providing ways for you to learn more and get involved. Thanks for visiting. Your support is appreciated.

Our Mission

The Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF) is a non-profit nonsectarian organization founded by individuals who feel compelled to act upon the teachings of the Jewish faith.  We believe as citizens in a democratic society, we must respond to the needs of our neighbors and share our talents and resources.  The JRF is committed to helping families, which are the basic unit of our society.

Our Vision

We believe in changing lives by creating hope and self-sufficiency, and we succeed by providing individuals, children and families with essential health and human services, community development and youth programs. Our life-improving services extend across all cultures and faiths, regardless of economic status.

6 Reasons to Visit a Local Art Gallery

6 Reasons to Visit a Local Art Gallery

Fall has officially arrived, with the air turning crisp and the leaves slowly starting to fade into their autumn colors. Most importantly, the fall season is filled with different activities to get involved in with your family and live a more altruistic lifestyle.

What if you could enjoy autumn while supporting local community members at the same time? Well, you can! Art galleries are a beneficial component of any neighborhood. Check out some of the ways art galleries are important and why you should visit them this fall.

1. They’re inexpensive (or even free!).
They say the best things in life are free… or at least very cheap. Most community art galleries have inexpensive, or even free, admission. If you’re trying to have an engaging autumn at a low budget, art galleries and other local museums are a great way to save money while having fun.

2. You can learn new things.
Let’s face it: there are a lot of better things to do this season then rewatch your favorite show on Netflix for the fifth time. Visiting an art gallery can help expand your mind and absorb new information. Whether you’re still in school or have been out for years, it’s never too late to try to learn something new. When you visit an art gallery, you’re engaging in education outside of a classroom setting, which lets you learn about topics that interest you at the perfect pace.

3. Art can make you happy.
Studies have shown that looking at art releases dopamine in the brain, a feel-good chemical associated with feelings like falling in love. At the same time, it decreases our cortisol levels, the stress hormone. This means that visiting an art gallery can literally help you to relax, feel at peace and feel content or even giddy. So when you’re ready to kick back and relax this fall, you don’t always have to go to the pumpkin patch; the art gallery can be just as enjoyable.

4. You’ll feel more creative.
There’s just something about seeing others’ creative outlets that allows us to release our inhibitions and express our own creativity even more fully. Whether you’re a musician, writer, photographer or an artist yourself, soaking in creative inspiration from an art gallery can give you just the right amount of vision to explore your own creativity. If you don’t particularly think of yourself as a creative person, just the experience of being in a creative environment can encourage you to try new things, strengthen your imagination and improve an altruistic life.

5. You support local organizations.
Visiting local art galleries and museums is a great way to support the small businesses or nonprofit organizations in your community. Many galleries are entirely donation-based, and your donation can go a long way in strengthening their impact. Not only can you support them financially, but your encouragement and promotion with friends and family shares the love of art galleries with others in your life.

6. They build community.
Finally, art teaches us that we are a part of something larger than ourselves. Art galleries often host events for the community that bring us together and help us get to know our neighbors. A mutual love for art and art galleries builds us up and strengthens the community relationally, emotionally and fiscally.

Art galleries are a vital part of the neighborhood, and this fall you can help support them by visiting and encouraging others to go as well. So go ahead, get out there and live your best life by soaking up the beauty of the artistic world around you.

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