wisdom exchange Workshop

How do we reconnect in community?
Gather together. Gather wisdom.
Exchange wisdom to clarify our values and learn from each other.


The Wisdom Exchange Project brings together organizations and individuals in the Jewish community to create a monumental, interactive artwork that reflects the wisdom gathered by Boston's Jewish community.


Gather together, gather wisdom.  Artist Shirah Rubin launches the Wisdom Exchange Project.

How is each member of the community both a receiver and giver of wisdom? Living with Covid has caused many to reflect on what we hold most dear. The Wisdom Project invites the Boston community to reflect and exchange letters of personal wisdom, and together create ceramic vessels to hold that wisdom. Inspired by the 75th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient texts preserved in ceramic jars for centuries, participants can contribute letters, create ceramic vessels, and view the ongoing archive in the installation.

The Wisdom Project has engaged over a hundred people from ages 6 to 96.  Participants have come from organizations such as 2Life Senior Center, Camp Yavneh, the Jewish Community Day School, the Brookline Art Center, and Temple Beth David.  

The community is invited to the Brookline Art Center to experience the installation of all of the letters and ceramic vessels from March 28th - May 22nd. Visitors are encouraged to contribute Wisdom Letters of their own during installation as well as submit them online through May 1st. All letters are preserved anonymously in the online Wisdom Exchange archive. 

  • Visit the Wisdom Exchange Project installation March 28th - May 22nd at the Annex Gallery of the Brookline Art Center, 86 Monmouth St. Brookline, M - F, 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Join the artist talk on Thursday, March 31st, 6:00 - 7:00 PM at the Annex Gallery and Instagram Live. 

  • Submit a letter! Contribute your letter of wisdom to an online archive. Letters may be submitted throughout the exhibition and all letters are preserved anonymously in the archive.  Submit here by May 1st. 

  • Save-the-date for the Closing Showcase Event, featuring music performed by Nat Seelen and the Wisdom Exchange Ensemble, Sunday, May 22nd, 1:00 - 2:30 PM at the Annex Gallery..

Wisdom Exchange workshop HIGHLIGHTS