Creative Jewish Art Practice
I would be delighted to bring the Jewish Studio Process to your group or community through Zoom.
What to expect:
“If there has ever been a time to make art… now is that time… When we tap into our creative capacity, we can access the deep wellspring of our radical imagination to bring about a more just, loving, and peaceful future for us all.” -Rabbi Adina Allen, founder, Jewish Studio Project
Our tradition calls us to see the world and ourselves anew. Especially in our times, this call requires all of the imagination and creativity that we can cultivate. In conversation with Jewish texts, we will draw on mindfulness meditation and the Jewish Studio Process methodology as we engage in learning and creative arts (visual and writing) to see the truth of our lives more clearly and awaken our imagination and creativity. Please bring materials that you have in your home- colored pencils, markers, paints, magazines, tape/glue; unlined blank paper or journal; pen. No specific materials needed.
Please note that no background, experience or skill in meditation or art is necessary. This process is about accessing our inner wisdom through the art and writing process, not about creating beautiful images!
What people are saying:
This practice, and specifically Rabbi Margie’s facilitation of this practice, was a gift. All I can say is that it was inexplicably powerful and positive. The combination of structure and freedom, the experience of being in the company of others, getting out of my head and into my heart, of being able to share, or equally important, not — it unlocked something that made Thursday nights my favorite and most sacred night of the week.
Margie’s energy — her specific way of leading — was a huge part of this for me. Kind, welcoming, focused, feet on ground, able to connect diverse groups to each other and this powerful practice.
Margie feels like the embodiment of ancient wisdom mixed with a modern, relatable approach. Can’t wait to have this experience again and again.
~ Amy, Montclair, NJ
Margie, I am so immensely grateful for the gift of your Creative Process class these last many months. Thursday evenings, guided by your creativity and wisdom, have been magical. You manage to connect us all through the Zoom screen, and week after week, you bring us to new understandings of Jewish teachings, our selves, and our own creative processes. I am moved and inspired each week–can’t wait to start again!
I’ve participated in several of Margie’s Creative Practice series. Margie’s deep Jewish knowledge enhances her teaching of this practice. I look forward to her sessions as a way to connect with myself and the community that is formed, as well as to Jewish wisdom. Margie presents the material in a calm and nurturing way, inviting us to express ourselves freely without judgment. I always discover deeper layers of awareness, and am surprised by what I create. Her classes are the highlight of my week.
~ Rachel, Massachusetts
Living in a small NYC apartment during this pandemic has been very challenging. This program was a life-saver and a “world-opener” for me during the last 8 months. The weekly session was the highlight of my week – I learned so much from the text study, reflection and creative process – it opened up a whole new world of creative expression that I had never pursued before. Rabbi Margie provided a safe and creative space to learn, explore and grow. She “held” our group in a very tender and supportive way. I can’t say enough about this program and how grateful I am to Rabbi Margie!
~ Debbie, New York, NY
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein (from an interview with George Sylvester Viereck in The Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929)
Margie imagines the world. In the darkest of days as well as the bright afternoon sunshine, Margie draws upon a deep spiritual source to bring us together and propel us beyond our own limitations. As a teacher, her quiet demeanor might confuse the casual observer; she is tender in her teaching and also clear-sighted, planful, persevering, encouraging, inspiring. She brings her deep heart-wisdom and book-learning, her boundless curiosity and seasoned vulnerability, her playfulness and passion. Thank you.
~ Susan, Berkeley, CA
“I LOVE this course. It is calming, inspiring, communal (but not too communal), and is unlike any other experience I have had. The JSP taps my creativity and instincts. I usually find Zoom experiences to be an energy sap, but this the complete opposite. I look forward to this 90 minutes all week. Margie and Donna have created the most warm and welcoming experience that is both simple and profound. I highly recommend.” -Amy
“Rarely have I resonated with Jewish concepts as I do when I listen to Rabbi Margie. I could listen to her all day– her calming, intuitive guidance and her insightful teaching- is a joy to experience. I have been consistently surprised with the insights I am able to receive from my own intuition through this art process. This weekly group, especially during an incredibly difficult time (Covid pandemic and racial injustice) has been a sanctuary for me.
I love Margie’s calming, soothing, and grounding meditations. She is uniquely gifted at facilitating conversation that is full of introspection and reflection. Margie carries with her a depth in helping others hold and embrace life’s difficulties and beauty. It has been fun and insightful to build my practice with the Jewish Studio Project which has helped me tap into intuition and perspective.” -Joanna
“Our JSP session is an incredible opportunity for me to leave aside my daily work and participate in something so meaningful and reflective. In these few short weeks, I have gained tremendous insights. I have also committed to a daily creative expression as a means of stress management.” -Debbie
“Margie has been a great leader and guide through this process! Our “virtual-community” felt very safe and comfortable – both to share ideas, questions and our art!”
“Since beginning this practice, I have committed to some form of creative expression each day. I have found it so rejuvenating – especially during this pandemic – it has provided me with a great distraction and escape! Thank you to Margie and the JSP for this gift.”