The New Jewish Culture Fellowship is a project of Brooklyn Jews designed to amplify and connect local, emerging artists who are questioning and creating new Jewish art and culture. When we speak of “Jewish,” we mean Jews of all backgrounds, and when we speak of “artists,” we mean creators in all fields (writers, visual artists, musicians, etc.). The fellowship approaches questions through cultural, intellectual, political, and artistic Jewish lenses; traditional religious frameworks will not be a primary access point.

The NJCF is directed by Rabbi Matt Green, director of Brooklyn Jews and assistant rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope. He received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and is the founder of Grindr Shabbat. Maia Ipp, the fellowship’s Teaching Artist, is a writer and senior editor at Jewish Currents magazine. She was associate director of the creative writing program at San Francisco School of the Arts for six years, and co-founded Festivalt, an avant-garde Jewish arts festival in Krakow, Poland.  

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OUR 2018-2019 FELLOWS:


Arielle Stein

Arielle received her BFA from New York University in 2014. She has spent time as artist-in-residence at the Stony Point Center and Art Kibbutz. She has shown her work in New York, Pennsylvania and Berlin and has been featured in Triangle House Review, HCE Review and Barbed Magazine. She is a recipient of the Studio Formichetti Arts Grant, and is working on an ongoing illustration project of the weekly Torah portion. Arielle recently completed a year of Talmud study at the Hadar Institute. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Sam Reider

Jazz pianist turned roots musician, Sam Reider is redefining American music on the accordion. He’s been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR, and performed alongside pop stars, jazz and folk musicians ranging from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull to Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem. For his debut record as bandleader, Too Hot To Sleep, Reider has assembled a “staggeringly virtuosic band” (RnR Magazine) of young bluegrass and jazz musicians called The Human Hands. Irresistible melodies, fiery improvisation and otherworldly sounds collide in what Songlines Magazine has dubbed "mash-up of the the Klezmatics, Quintette du Hot Club de France and the Punch Brothers.”


Tom Haviv

Tom Haviv is a writer, artist, and educator based in New York. Tom is the co-founder of Ayin Press. His debut book of poetry, Flag of No Nation, and his first children's book, Woven, are both forthcoming in Fall 2018. He has performed internationally and published widely.


Julia Elsas

Julia Elsas was born in Birmingham, Alabama and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her current work encompasses printmaking, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, papermaking, installation and performance. Julia teaches printmaking and ceramics at Montclair State University, Lower East Side Print Shop and New Jersey City University. She owns RE/PRESS Editions, offering her lines of handmade jewelry, functional ceramic goods and contemporary Judaica.


Chase Berggrun

Chase Berggrun is a trans poet. They are the author of R E D (Birds, LLC, 2018). Their work has appeared in POETRY, the PEN Poetry Series, Sixth Finch, Diagram, and elsewhere. They received their MFA from New York University, and are Poetry Editor at Big Lucks.


Daniel Terna

Daniel Terna (b. Brooklyn, NY) has participated in select group exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (NYC); the International Center of Photography (NYC); Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC); Baxter St. Camera Club of NY (NYC); New Wight Biennial (UCLA, Los Angeles); BRIC Arts Media Biennial (Brooklyn, NY); Eyebeam (NYC); the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts (Cambridge, MA); and Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA), among others. Terna was a resident in the Collaborative Fellowship Program at UnionDocs, Brooklyn, and was awarded the Cuts and Burns Residency at Outpost Artist Resources in Ridgewood, NY. His work has been featured in Still Magazine, The New York Times, Dazed, Oxford American, Conveyor Magazine, Aint Bad Magazine, Mossless, and Slate. Terna graduated with a BA in photography from Bard College and received his MFA from the International Center of Photography-Bard. He is the founder and a director of 321 Gallery, Brooklyn.

The New Jewish Culture Fellowship is a project of Brooklyn Jews designed to amplify and connect local artists who are questioning and creating new Jewish art and culture.

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Fancy Feast

Fancy Feast is a burlesque performer, sex educator, and writer. She holds the title of Miss Coney Island 2016 and is the recipient of the Revolutionary Award at the 2017 New York Burlesque Festival. She is the coproducer of the monthly performance art spectacle the Fuck You Revue which has been featured in Time Out NY and on BBC Radio. She has performed nationwide at venues including the Whitney, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. She is the subject of the 2016 “Fancy Feast: the Fat Burlesque Performer”, by Leon Chase.


Naomi Safran-Hon

Born in Oxford, England, Safran-Hon grew up in Haifa, Israel. She received her BA Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University, 2008, in Studio Art and Art History and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2010. Safran-Hon attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012 and Art Omi residency in 2016. She had solo exhibitions at Slag Gallery, NYC, Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland and Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX and group shows at Haifa Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Marianne Boesky Gallery, P.P.O.W Gallery and Asya Geisberg Gallery as well as at NURTUREart and Momenta Art, Brooklyn. Safran-Hon was a visiting artist at Montclair State University, Towson University, Haverford College, Yale University and Vassar College. Safran-Hon visual work reflects on the way in which political reality effects the every day.


Arielle Angel

Arielle Angel (b. 1984) grew up in Miami, Florida and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is an editor at Jewish Currents. She has been awarded artist residencies at Hub-Bub in Spartanburg, South Carolina; Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artists Guild in Woodstock, New York; the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City; Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming; Jentel in Banner, Wyoming; and Abode Farm in New Lebanon, NY. She was a 2016 Fellow at Tent: Creative Writing at The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Off Assignment, Jewish Currents, Protocols, and Poor Claudia. She received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University ('12), and also holds a degree in Studio Art and Creative Writing from NYU ('06).