Artist Beit Midrash


artist beit midrashHebrew College has partnered with JArts & CJP to create the Artist Beit Midrash, a new Jewish learning salon, that will bring up to 28 Boston-area Jewish artists of all kinds together to study Jewish text, share their creative process, and build community.

Is your creative drive a big part of your life, personally or professionally? Would you like to nourish your creativity with Jewish learning and community? Would you like to engage in your creative work as a spiritual practice? Come join the Artist Beit Midrash!

Launched in 2021, the Artist Beit Midrash is a Jewish learning salon that brings together Boston-area Jewish creators to study Jewish text, reflect on their creative process, and build community. In our inaugural year, our community included writers, installation artists, photographers, singers, theater directors, textile painters, memoirists, poets, potters and more.

(Top image: Inside/ Out, 12 x 4 ft, wire, Shirah Rubin, 2020)

Applicants’ work may be Jewishly themed, but does not need to be. All mediums, themes, and levels of artistic and textual ability are welcome. Commitment to creative living as Jews is what brings us together.

When you participate, you receive:

  • A community and network of local Jewish artists and creators
  • Monthly guided study of rich and accessible contemporary and classical texts
  • Opportunities to reflect on your creative process in a small group setting
  • A place where your work and thoughts are received as sacred gifts
Leah Abrahams, Visual Artist

The Artist Beit Midrash introduced me to a cohort of other Jewish artists in two ways: intellectually, during our group discussions of Torah, and emotionally, when we shared our work, our inspiration and ourselves with each other. I hope to deepen friendships with these artists and find ways to collaborate in the future.

Cohorts & Add-Ons

On Zoom or In-person in Newton, MA, Location TBD

September 7, 2022
October 19, 2022
November 9, 2022
December 7, 2022
January 11, 2023
February 8, 2023
March 8, 2023
April 15, 2023
May 10, 2023

6:30–8 p.m.
On Zoom

September 8, 2022
October 20, 2022
November 10, 2022
December 8, 2022
January 12, 2023
February 9, 2023
March 9, 2023
April 16, 2023
May 11, 2023

These are additional cohort opportunities, available at no extra cost to members of both cohorts.

Explo: A Collaborative Workshop of Art + Ideas
In Person (pandemic permitting), TBD location in Newton

Would you like to reflect on your creative work with local Jewish artists? Would you like to learn from others’ creative endeavors and offer your own to share? Would you like to create an experimental project with Jewish artists of different mediums interested in exploring a similar issue?

Join our new in-person Explo: Collaborative Workshop!

In Explo, you can explore a question from your creative life or a theme drawn from the text studies of the Artist Beit Midrash.  You can make your own work, come together with other artists in the group to create a collaborative piece, or offer and receive inspiration.  Stretch, transform, reflect, reimagine, and/or co-create a project rooted in meaningful exchanges within a community of local artists. Many options are possible!

This will be an experimental space responsive to the interests of participants. Sessions will be facilitated by Shirah Rubin, Artist Beit Midrash co-founder.

Wednesdays, 10–11:30 a.m.
In-person in Newton, MA, Location TBD

September 14, 2022
October 26, 2022
November 16, 2022
December 14, 2022

January 18, 2023
February 15, 2023
March 15, 2023
April 26, 2023
May 17, 2023

Would you like to create in the company of other Artist Beit Midrash members, but from the comfort of your own space? Join us for our new monthly Parallel Play Sessions. Each session will begin with a short check-in and an optional prompt. Then we will all be on camera in the Zoom room, doing our creative practice alongside each other. The last 30 minutes will be reserved for sharing and reflection.

Thursdays, 6:30– 8 p.m.
On Zoom

September 15, 2022
October 27, 2022
November 17, 2022
December 15, 2022

January 19, 2023
February 16, 2023
March 16, 2023
April 27, 2023
May 18, 2023

Series Cost

$190 per person (need based subsidies are available)

Centering Judaism around creativity is exhilarating, so the conversations between artists in the Beit Midrash are both resonant and invigorating. But the best part of the Artist Beit Midrash is taking that energy back into my studio and painting through it.

“In Place” oil on board, 16x16 inches, 2020

Contact Us

For more information, contact Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman at Hebrew College.