Tradition & Innovation

Art for Activists: Using Creativity to Experience Rest and to Renew Energy

Led by Rabbi Bec Richman
Thursdays, October 22, 29, and November 5, 2020 7:30–8:45 PM ET

We are committed to offering free resources during this especially difficult time of need, and this series is being offered free of charge. If you are able to contribute, we suggest a donation of $18–54. Your donation will help support the ongoing work of Ritualwell.

This three-part series will use the methodology of the Jewish Studio Process to help us find restoration and to help us redefine our call to the work we do in the world. No matter the justice work we are engaged in or the issues that most tug at our souls, the work of repairing, educating, organizing and fighting can be exhausting. Together, we will engage in a creative process to facilitate both rest and energy renewal.

Sessions will include a short, group exploration of an ancient or contemporary Jewish text, followed by time to use materials to play and explore, and time for written reflection. “Materials” includes anything from watercolors and markers to recycled paper and found objects. This is not an art class—we will not be focused on making a specific product or depicting a proscribed image. Instead, the invitation is to explore questions, challenges and ideas that are live for you in the moment, letting the materials and the process guide you. How might the marks you make on your page offer insight into the rest you need? How might the shapes and forms you make tell a story about where you need to go next in your justice-seeking? What else might your piece have to “say” to you that you might not have arrived at through discussion or conscious thought alone?

All backgrounds and relationships with text and creativity are welcome and encouraged to join our virtual beit midrash and studio space.


All sessions will be recorded and available to participants. You may join the session live or watch recordings at your own convenience.

To view our full list of online learning opportunities visit: www.ritualwell.org/learn

Rabbi Rebecca (Bec) Richman (she/her) is the Assistant Rabbi and Beit Midrash Director at Germantown Jewish Centre and the Founding Director of the West Philadelphia Art Beit Midrash. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Bec trained as a campus rabbi at Brandeis University, completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and participated in T’ruah’s Year in Israel Fellowship. As a Jewish Studio Project Fellow, Bec integrates Jewish learning and creative practice. During the COVID-19 outbreak, Bec launched and has continued to facilitate a virtual art beit midrash twice a week, bringing together Jews from around the country to think, process and create in a shared, virtual art studio. In addition to her rabbinic work, Bec is a soferet (scribe), Hebrew calligrapher, ceramicist, and mikveh shomeret (guide). Bec lives with her partner and their sweet kiddo in sunny, West Philadelphia. 

Thank you to Rise Up, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah for their generous support of Reset.

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