A New Approach to Jewish Creativity
The Jewish Studio Project is a new approach to Jewish creativity - one in which art is not just for artists and Jewish texts are not just for scholars. JSP’s core belief is that we are all inherently creative beings. It is from this foundation that we utilize the creative arts as a tool for self-discovery, social change and for inspiring a Judaism that is vibrant, connective and hopeful. JSP is for everyone - regardless of perceived talent, background and experience.
JSP employs a unique and dynamic methodology that blends the traditional beit midrash (house of Jewish learning) with a multi-modal creative arts studio. JSP designs and facilitates creative learning programs for a wide range of organizations (e.g., nonprofits, foundations, alumni groups) and leads its own immersive experiences and community programs.
Rabbi Adina Allen, Co-Founder & Creative Director, is a spiritual leader, writer and teacher. Integrating a lifetime of experience in the creative arts with her rabbinic training, Adina brings a fluency with Jewish text, ritual and prayer, a passion for bringing creative modalities to Judaism, and a warm pastoral presence. Ordained by Hebrew College in 2014, Adina has worked as an educator at Tufts University Hillel and the Brandeis Collegiate Institute and as a chaplain at Hebrew Senior Life. Adina is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post and her work has been published by Sh'ma Now, Kveller, and the Journal of Interreligious Studies and her original research on generating midrash was published in the CCAR Journal in 2013. Adina serves on the Board of Directors of Urban Adamah and is an alum of the Adamah Fellowship the CIRCLE Interfaith Leadership Fellowship and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.
Jeff Kasowitz, Co-Founder & Executive Director, is a social innovator, musician and community builder. Jeff served as Vice President for the national education reform organization City Year. In 2014, he co-taught a course on Leadership and Collaboration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A guitarist and singer, Jeff writes and performs his original music inspired by Jewish texts and liturgy and just released his first album, Arba'im Shanah. Jeff served as a prayer leader and board member of Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue and was Chief Strategist for The Boston Tree Party, an urban agricultural and participatory public art project. A 2017 Joshua Venture Fellow and a past PresenTense Fellow and Environmental Leadership Fellow, Jeff holds MBA and MPH degrees from UC Berkeley.
Maya Abramson is a musician, outdoor enthusiast, and the newest member of the JSP team. As Studio Manager, Maya makes sure Studio AM is vibrant and ready to host you for programs. She builds systems so that JSP runs as efficiently as possible and supports our marketing and social media efforts. When Maya isn’t at Studio AM, you can find her writing music, spending time in the great outdoors and daydreaming about meeting her favorite female-folk idols. Maya has been involved in the local Jewish community as a song leader at Camp Tawonga and music specialist and educator at Temple Isaiah. She is super excited to be a part of all the amazing things that are happening at the Jewish Studio Project! You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jewish Studio Project is proud to have been selected into the UpStart Accelerator, Joshua Venture Dual Investment Fellowship, the Open Dor Project, and Slingshot 2017.