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.


Is there a theme for the Immersive?

Yes! Each Immersive has a theme, and the theme will be announced when applications become available. Past themes include:

  • Spring 2018: "K'ilu". K'ilu, "As if...", is a tiny Hebrew word that invites the imagination to soar, prompts us to engage in empathy, and emboldens us to summon the courage to live a bigger life.

  • January 2018: Sh’ma :: Listen

  • October 2018: Lech L’cha- Journey into the Unknown

  • January 2019: Chalomot- Dreaming of a Better World


What will a typical day look like during the immersive?

Daily Schedule:

  • Good Morning: gather at the Studio. 

  • Morning Spiritual Practice + Intention Setting: Beginning the day through heart-opening sessions drawing on a range of creative and spiritual modalities including movement, song, traditional prayer, writing, and visual art.

  • Beit Midrash (House of Study): Learning traditional and contemporary sources on the theme of Sh’ma (Hear!) through paired study, group discussion and personal reflection.

  • Lunch: Delicious vegetarian meal provided

  • Creative Process: Moving from study to studio we will process and play with the themes and essential questions that arise from our study through art making leverage our unique methodology,  The Jewish Studio Process. Creative arts modalities will include painting, drawing, collage, movement, writing, ephemeral art in nature, and others.

  • Closing: recap of day, preparation for next day and closing ritual

  • Optional Evening Program: take advantage of the vibrant, cutting edge arts scene in the Bay Area and bond as a cohort. May include trips to local galleries, museums, artist salons, theater, music, improv, and other cultural events about town. The Studio will be open in the evenings for Open Studio hours as well. 


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 amazing visiting faculty, including Rachel Brodie (Jewish scholar and educator), Aaron Henne (Artistic Director of theatre dybbuk) and Dr. Pat Allen (artist, art therapist and author of "Art is a Way of Knowing"). 

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 participate.


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 are now closed for the Winter 2019 cohort. Space is limited. We encourage you to apply as soon as you decide you are interested. We will be notifying applicants of acceptance within the week after the application deadline.


How much does the Immersive cost?

Tuition for the Immersive is $800, which covers program costs (materials, design and facilitation) and food (two delicious meals per day). Some partial scholarships are available, please reach out for more information. Additional donations above the tuition price are greatly appreciated and help us provide scholarships to support other participants.



JSP Program Manager Aliza Shapiro is excited to hear from you. You can reach her at


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