Cultivating creativity is a core competency for navigating the challenges and harnessing the potential of our time. Creativity is the wellspring of our deepest power and among the best tools we have for exploring, adapting, and bringing forth new ways to thrive in our ever-changing world. Creativity is inherent within all of us, yet we live in a society in which most of us are cut off from this essential part of who we are. This is a crisis of spirit and imagination. Jewish Studio Project (JSP) exists to address this profound need.
JSP was founded on the belief that each one of us is created creative. Over the past seven years, JSP has become a go-to resource for accessible Jewish learning and spiritual connection across the country. Through ongoing community programs, immersive experiences, creative facilitator training and professional development partnerships, JSP is building a movement to activate the creative power of the Jewish community.
Rabbi Adina Allen, Co-Founder and Creative Director, developed JSP’s core methodology — the Jewish Studio Process — after identifying a need for new ways of surfacing and processing personal insights from Jewish texts. The daughter of leading art therapist Pat B. Allen, Adina brought practices she learned growing up in an art studio into the beit midrash, while a rabbinic student at Hebrew College. The Jewish Studio Process has been highly valued by those seeking a renewed connection to creativity and a new way into Jewish tradition.
In its first seven years, JSP delivered 700 programs for over 15,000 participants; developed a resource library containing hundreds of source sheets for Jewish learning; partnered with 90 organizations; reached tens of thousands of people through its unique thought leadership; built a national facilitator network; and opened a vibrant physical studio space and demonstration site.