About

Meet JCU’s Team!

Ruth Cummings

Ruth Cummings

Director/Founder

Ruth founded Jerusalem Culture Unlimited in 2012 as a transformational capacity-building initiative to raise Jerusalem’s abundant emerging and small to mid-size arts and culture organizations to their next level. JCU programs engage new thinking, tools, and skills to build organizational infrastructure that ensures operational stability, program quality, and vitality. Program alumni have surfaced as artistic leadership in the city, building innovative arts spaces and programming that have transformed Jerusalem into a creative, world class cultural hub.

Ruth Cummings has lived in Jerusalem since 1994 and has professional and lay leadership experience as an independent consultant for creative community building, resource development, and program strategy for the Israel Festival, Jerusalem Cinematheque, the Lab, and Bakehila. Ruth’s current board affiliations include: Vertigo Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Jewish Funders Network, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Nirit Roessler

Nirit Roessler

Senior Consultant

Nirit is an organizational consultant with expertise in resource development, strategic planning, sustainability, and capacity building. She has over 20 years of experience in fundraising consultation, writing guidebooks, training NGO’s and social entrepreneurs in capacity-building and sustainability, both in Europe and in Israel.

After 3 years as a project coordinator for a German political foundation in Israel, Nirit led Shatil’s Resource Development Department. Previously, Nirit was also the director of the Pratt Foundation’s Pradler NGO Empowerment Program.

Nirit has also led special projects at the Tower of David Museum. As a co-curator, she carried out historical and artistic research for exhibitions, and served as liaison to the Smithsonian Museum. Nirit was born in Jerusalem and still lives in the city today.

Shlomit Dror

Shlomit Dror

Communications and Community Manager

Shlomit is a curator currently based in Israel. She recently moved to Jerusalem, holding a position of the Assistant to the Chief Curator of Fine Arts at the Israel Museum, and in addition curating shows independently at Barbur Gallery and Artists Cube in Jerusalem, among other cultural institutions. Prior to this,  while living in the United States, Dror has organized exhibitions in New York Metropolitan area including, “In Her Eyes: Women Behind and in Front of the Camera,” (Newark Museum, 2012), “F_ll in the Bl_nk” (NARS Foundation, 2013), “Ready or Not: 2014 New Jersey Arts Annual” (Newark Museum, 2014), “Seeing through Abstraction” (Residency Unlimited, 2015), “Story of a Story” (Smack Mellon, 2015), “Almost Home: Between Staying and Leaving a Phantom Land” (Dorsky Gallery, 2017), group exhibition at Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University (2017),  among others. 

Dror’s writing has been published through CUE Art Foundation’s Young Art Critics Mentoring Program and has been included in several exhibition catalogs. In addition, Dror held the position of the Consulting Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum, and has worked in various institutions, including El Museo del Barrio, The Felix Gonzalez -Torres Foundation, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Inchoen Women Artists Biennale. She has served as a visiting critic at Art Port (Tel Aviv), Bezalel Academy of Art (Jerusalem), Residency Unlimited, The Wassaic Project, Wave Hill Visual Arts Program and the Elizabeth Foundation in New York. She received an MA in Museum Studies from New York University and a BA in Art History and Latin American Studies from Bard College. She also took part in Independent Curators International’s (ICI) Curatorial Intensive program.

Gal Strauss

Gal Strauss

Program and Operations Manager

Gal is JCU Program and Operations Manager with responsibility for financial administration and program oversight. Gal holds a BA in Art History from the Hebrew University and is certified in Interior Design. During her undergraduate studies, she interned at the Department of Modern Art at the Israel
Museum. Throughout her internship, Gal actively contributed to the production of Bodyscapes exhibition and conducted research and writing for the exhibition catalog. In recent years, she has been working as an interior designer in both the private and commercial sectors.

Rachel Anyo

Rachel Anyo

Consultant

Multi-disciplinary artist and social activist, dealing with concepts relating to feminism, self-representation, class, and blackness. Graduate of the Photography Department at Minshar College. 

JCU Board Members

Dr. Diana Lipton, Board Chair

Tel Aviv University

Dr. Shula Mola

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University 

Dr. Stephen Daniel Arnoff

Writer, teacher, and CEO of the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center. 

Shai Yamin

Director, Education Department, MUSA Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

Hannan Abu-Hussein

A Palestinian visual artist and educator. She is known for installation art and video art. Abu-Hussein lives in Jerusalem.

Jean-Marc Liling

Lawyer and Consultant, Crescendo Venture Partners

Eliot Sacks

Formerly a partner at Herzog, Fox, & Ne’eman Law Firm
Board member, The Jerusalem Oratorio

Ghada Aruri

Non-profit Programs Manager & Consultant

Yaakov Malomet

Senior Project Associate at Rosov Consulting

Carmit Weitz Sapir

Israeli journalist and writer. 

Mendel Shapiro

Retired Jerusalem attorney. Has written about issues of Jewish law.

Musa Alami

Partner, ZagTrader; board member, Jerusalem Entrepreneurs for Society and Technology (JEST)

JCU Supporters

Leichtag Foundation

 

Laurie Tisch Illumination Fund

 

Bader Philanthropies

 

B'rucha Foundation

 

Dorot Foundation

 

Meyerhoff Charitable Funds

 

Kennedy Leigh Charitable Trust

 

 

Jerusalem Foundation