Since its inception in 2003, Brooklyn Jews has sought to expand the Jewish conversation in Brooklyn by way of ritual, learning, activism, and culture. These days, when it feels like only a handful of voices direct American Jewish discourse, the need for expansive, creative, and critical dialogue is even more necessary. With that in mind, 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.

The fellowship will develop a community of emerging working artists who will explore Jewish form and content. No level of fluency in Jewish language, text, or tradition is required. 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 will approach questions through cultural, intellectual, political, and artistic Jewish lenses; traditional religious frameworks will not be a primary access point. If you’re an artist who has never—or hasn’t recently—felt that there was a Jewish space in which you could create and share your work, then this fellowship might be right for you. 

The New Jewish Culture Fellowship 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.