Gallery at the J  

Throughout the year, the JCC displays a series of visual arts exhibitions of photography, mixed media, paintings and fiber arts. The Gallery features both new and established artists, local and traveling exhibits and more.

Besa: The Promise
Thursday, January 28, 2016
2012 | 90 min. | Documentary, Family, History
7:30 | FREE

Norman Gershman, a photographer for more than 30 years, discovered the unique story of Albanian bravery during WWII while researching a photo essay on righteous gentiles in 2002. The entire country, 70% Muslim, refused to collaborate with the Nazis, even while under their brutal occupation. During that occupation, not a single Jew was betrayed by the citizens of Albania.

From this, Gershman created a photo exhibit and the documentary Besa: The Promise. The photo exhibit has displayed at Yad Vashem in Israel and the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York, and it now comes to the JCC Austin, along with the documentary. 

AJFF is thrilled to bring this film to the Austin Jewish community as part of the opening reception of Norman Gershman’s photographs at the Gallery at the J. FREE and open to the public


January 25-February 21: "Besa: Albanian Muslim Rescuers During the Holocaust, Photographs by Norman Gershman" is on view at Gallery at the J.

The Gallery at the J is devoted to expanding and enriching cultural life in Austin.  By providing space to Jewish and Non Jewish artists, the Gallery at the J offers the community the opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of art from a broad range of mediums. Through solo and group exhibitions the Gallery serves as a vehicle to discover many avenues of artistic expression, finding common threads to Jewish experience, identity and culture.  The gallery presents exhibitions and programming that aim to enhance knowledge, deepen understanding, expand art forms and take full advantage of each vibrant exhibition season.

If you are interested in participating on the Visual Arts League or for information on exhibitions, please contact Susan at