When We Create: Empowering Children's Unique Voices Through The Arts - Long Island Conference

Mar 19, 2020 8:30 AM
Mar 19, 2020 2:00 PM

Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, 5 Old Mill Road, Great Neck, New York 11023

When We Create Conference

Experience an unforgettable interactive keynote presentation from The Jewish Studio Project, as well as workshops and immersive art studio experiences from multiple presenters. Participants will explore how to integrate the arts and Jewish content that help our youngest learners thrive.

“The Torah begins with the creation story, in which God orders a chaotic, cosmic mess into an orderly world in six days. God’s role as a creator is especially significant because it is in the context of creation that humans are described as being ‘in the image of God’ - B’tzelem Elohim  (myjewishlearning.com)

As Jews, we know it takes creativity to thrive in the world. We need creativity today where so many issues we face demand every more innovative approaches and solutions. The disposition to create begins as soon as we are born, blossoms in early childhood, and if we foster it, can continue to enrich us throughout our lifespan.

An aspect of b'zelem elohim is that we are all unique individuals and deserve to be loved and respected for the unique voices and perspectives we bring to the world. Immersing in and creating through all the myriad forms of artistic expression - dance, visual art, theater arts, music and culinary arts, to name just a few - are vital pathways for children to share their unique "voice" with each other and the world. When we create we are both most like God, and fulfilling our greatest human potential. 

During the conference you will: 

  • Immerse in the Jewish Studio Project's unique exploration of Judaism and creativity. 
  • Participate in different art modalities and reflect on your creative process.
  • Experience new approaches to engage young children in exploration through the arts.
  •  Learn how the arts support children's cognitive, social-emotional and spiritual development.
  • Meet and network with new colleagues.

Workshop descriptions coming soon! You will make your selections when you register.


Fee: $40 For Early Registration through February 14
$45 After February 14 - Registration Closes March 4th

More information will be added as it become available

Interactive keynote by the Jewish Studio Project


Jewish Studio Project

As an urban art studio and beit midrash, JSP activates creativity in individuals and organizations to make life more meaningful, Judaism more vibrant and the world more just. JSP has pioneered a groundbreaking methodology, the ​Jewish Studio Process ​ , that combines Jewish text learning and creative arts exploration to investigate relevant questions about our lives and tradition. Since launching in 2015, JSP has become a leading resource for creative learning in communities across North America. ​T​hrough​ immersives, trainings, professional development engagements and thought leadership, JSP has served over 8,000 participants, offered more than 350 programs and collaborated with 65 leading organizations seeking creative approaches to Jewish learning in just four years. JSP has built a robust professional development and training practice ​that has already been sought out by dozens of organizations including: Hillel International, Schusterman Foundation, SVARA, Jewish Emergent Network, HUC-JIR, Sefaria and Wexner Foundation.

Rabbi Adina Allen

Rabbi Adina Allen, ​is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Jewish Studio Project (JSP). Integrating a lifetime of experience in the expressive arts with her rabbinic training, Adina has pioneered a methodology for the integration of Jewish learning, spiritual reflection and creative expression that she has brought to thousands of Jewish educators, professionals and lay leaders across the country. Her original research on art making as a methodology for generating new midrash was published in the CCAR Journal in 2012. A contributing writer to the Huffington Post, Patheos, and My Jewish Learning, her work has been published widely. Adina was ordained by Hebrew College in 2014 where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She is a recipient of the Open Dor Fellowship, the Upstart Fellowship and the CIRCLE Interfaith Leadership Fellowship. Adina is a recipient of the 2018 Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish leaders from the Covenant Foundation. Adina resides in Berkeley, CA with her husband Jeff Kasowitz (co-founder and Executive Director of JSP) and their two amazing young kiddos. 

Rachel Brodie

Rachel Brodie, ​Senior Educator,​ is a Jewish educator working primarily with adult learners. She specializes in designing and facilitating professional development opportunities for other Jewish educators. From 2011 to 2016 Rachel served as the Chief Jewish Officer of the JCC of San Francisco. Prior to that (2004-2011) Rachel was the co-founder and Executive Director of Jewish Milestones: a not-for- profit, educational resource for Jewish life cycle ceremonies. A New Yorker by birth and temperament, Rachel settled in the Bay Area in 1997 after spending a year in Israel on a Melton Senior Educator’s Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She holds a master’s degree in Rabbinic Literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Literature and Society from Brown University

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Please read workshop descriptions before registering. You will make your selections when you register.


The conference venue can be reached by public transportation on Long Island Railroad from Penn Station to Great Neck and then take a taxi or Uber from train station to the venue.


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