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The Rainbow Appears by Olafur Eliasson, 2010 at the Israel Museum

Hebrew College Artist Beit Midrash

Taught by Shirah Rubin and Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

What is the Artist Beit Midrash?

The Artist Beit Midrash brings together cohorts of 6-12 Jewish artists of all mediums (visual art, music, writing, dance and more) to study Jewish text, share creative process, and build community.  Class meetings include an exploration of texts from across history and modalities, a group discussion, and personal exercises to unlock creative energy and deepen self-reflection. The course is intended for Jews from the Greater Boston Area for whom creative expression is a driving force, and who have an ongoing creative practice (in any form), whether they pursue it professionally or personally.  

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Exploring Jewish Art + Israeli Art as the shared "text"

Jewish groups and organizations are invited to participate in a dialogue for groups and pairs online. Shirah curates artworks online that spark questions, interpretations, and reflections to be explored together. Havruta is the concept in Jewish tradition of having an ongoing Jewish learning partner. The root of the word Havruta in comes from the Hebrew word haver meaning friend. We gather to build friendships and community through unpacking multiple interpretations and diverse meanings gleaned from intersections between the visual arts and Jewish tradition.

This midrashic or interpretative process builds Jewish community connections through dialogue and responsive art making.  No prior art experience is necessary. Art kits are available to be sent to groups that elect this option. 

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You are invited to participate in an interpretive art dialogue for groups and pairs online. Shirah curates art pieces that spark dialogue, reflection,and interpretation. We gather to create a shared space exploring the multiplicity and diverse meanings gleaned from the visual arts with others. This process builds community connections. 

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