Studio Immersive FAQ


Why The Studio Immersive?

We are all creative. Each one of us has the ability to imagine, ask questions, play and wrestle with the raw materials of our lives to bring new insights into the world. In a Jewish context, our creativity can bring forth unique voices and diverse perspectives, making our tradition more vibrant and relevant. The Studio Immersive offers a new and accessible entryway into deep Jewish exploration, a democratized approach to creativity, and the tools to increase our capacity for empathy, curiosity, and connection.


Who SHOuld apply?

You! Activists, educators, seekers, lay leaders, artists, students, clergy - however you identify! This is for all those looking for a new pathway into Judaism and creativity as well as for those looking to go deeper in their current practice. Individuals from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, ages, and perspectives who desire a deep Jewish learning experience and opportunity to immerse in creative process are encouraged to apply. No prior experience in Judaism or the creative arts is expected or required.


What makes The Immersive so great?

  • Inclusive Community: intergenerational, pluralistic, co-created, warm, open to all.

  • Vibrant Space: Studio AM - our sacred, colorful, light- and art-filled studio in Berkeley, CA.

  • Groundbreaking Methodology: The Jewish Studio Process - a new spiritual technology and experiential approach that blends hevrutah (paired) learning, creative process and spiritual engagement.

  • Bay Area Abundance: access to the wealth of performances, galleries, exhibits, artists, and more that the Bay Area has to offer.

  • Dynamic Facilitation: with talented scholars, rabbis, prayer leaders, and creative facilitators from around the Bay Area and beyond including the JSP team (Rabbi Adina Allen, Jeff Kasowitz, Maya Abramson) and a growing list of amazing visiting faculty:

What kind of Jewish experience or background do I need to qualify for the immersive?

We welcome participants from a range of backgrounds and expressions who have an interest in exploring Judaism in a pluralistic environment, including those who are beginning to explore Judaism as well as those who have deep experience with text and tradition. You do not need to be Jewish to apply.


Where will participants stay during the immersive?

Berkeley has a range of hotels, B&Bs and short-term rental options at a variety of price points. We also have a broad network of community members that may be willing to host participants. While we can’t promise housing, we will do our best to help arrange home stays for out-of-town participants.  


How will the application process work?

Applications will be considered in the order they are received and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning September 14th, 2017. Space is limited. We encourage you to apply as soon as you decide you are interested.


How much does the Immersive cost?

Tuition for the Immersive is $720, which covers program costs (materials, design and facilitation) and food (two delicious meals per day). Partial scholarships may become available. Additional donations above the tuition price are greatly appreciated and help us provide scholarships to support other participants.



JSP Studio Manager Maya Abramson is excited to hear from you. You can reach her at


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