Yetzirah: A Yeshiva of the Arts

Sponsored by The Blumenthal Family

In Memory of Bernice and Werner, z”l.

Exploring the Arts

From a Uniquely Jewish Perspective

It’s a place where Jewish culture, learning and identity come together to form new creative synergies in all three areas.  The essence of Yetzirah is a featured artist, composer, musician, writer, dancer, etc., who presents their work, and that work is accompanied by Jewish study, as well as deep-dive discussions.

The Goal of Yetzirah

…is to bring Jewish life and tradition to the arts, as well as the arts to Jewish text-study and discussion, thereby enriching both realms.  In the process, the goal of Yetzirah is a broader, richer, and more integrated vision of Jewish life, where Jewish wisdom and insight combine meaningfully with our culture, and the arts bring further depth and connection to Jewish life within the Jewish community.

Yetzirah Class Lineup

Past Yetzirah programs

Up next:

The Changing Face of Jewish Identity

February 1st, 2021 7 pm

With Rabbi Gil Steinlauf and Hillel Smith

What exactly is “Jewish Identity”? While we may think we know what are “authentic” elements of Jewish culture, the reality is a lot more complicated. In fact, we Jews have always been in a dynamic relationship with our surrounding culture and world. The “constants” of Jewish identity may not have always been as constant as we believe. Join artist Hillel Smith, in conversation with Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, for this deep-dive into the shifting expressions of our Jewishness over the centuries. Smith will take us on a historical tour of Jewish art and design–looking at ritual objects, architecture, typography, and ephemera–to explore what these expressions reveal about what we value and how we see ourselves in relation to the world around us.

Program Fees:
Kol Shalom \ Shaare Torah members: $18.00 – per participant
Non members: $22.00 – per participant

 

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Capital Jewish Museum:  Symbols of Jewish Women and Power
March 1st, 2021 7 pm

With Rabbi Gil Steinlauf and Stephanie Fry, Museum Educator, Capital Jewish Museum

In honor of Women’s History Month, Yetzirah joins with the new Capital Jewish Museum of Washington to explore items in their collection relating to women and power in the Jewish world, most notably the famous collar of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that is in their collection.  We will explore this and other symbols of women, and how these symbols live in dialogue with typologies of women and power in Jewish texts and ideas.

 

Program Fees:
Kol Shalom \ Shaare Torah members: $18.00 – per participant
Non members: $22.00 – per participant

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Jewish Prayer as Theater
April 5th, 2021 7 pm

With Rabbi Gil Steinlauf and Tyler Herman

There are extraordinary intersections between ritual and theater, particularly in Judaism.  In many ways, Jewish prayer, or T’filah, is a kind of “theater” that involves the full participation of the davener to enter deeply into the inherent drama and “play” of the set liturgies.  By framing T’filah as theater, we can access the deepest intentions and meanings of the prayer-experience.  Actor and Theater J educator Tyler Herman will lead us in this exciting workshop where we will explore this deep theatricality of Jewish prayer, and how we can use this approach to deepen our Jewish lives.

 

 

Program Fees:
Kol Shalom \ Shaare Torah members: $18.00 – per participant
Non members: $22.00 – per participant

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The National Museum of American Jewish History: Open Book –  The “Talmud” of American Jewish History
May 3rd, 2021 7 pm

With Rabbi Gil Steinlauf and Josh Perelman, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections at National Museum of American Jewish History

Join chief curator Josh Perelman of the National Museum of American Jewish History as he presents the museum’s innovative creation of pages of “Talmud”, that visually demonstrate how forces, dynamics, and ideas that have shaped American Jewish history are in living dialogue with a diversity of voices and opinions.  We will compare this to actual Talmud study and explore the rich and sophisticated way that the Jewish people have related to the world, envisioning a better and more just society.

 

 

Program Fees:
Kol Shalom \ Shaare Torah members: $18.00 – per participant
Non members: $22.00 – per participant