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The Barbara C. Freedman Artists' Beit Midrash (Winter 2023) 1 - -

A Skirball Academy Class

Tobi Kahn &

Rabba Leah Sarna

The Barbara C. Freedman Artists’ Beit Midrash
(Winter 2023)

El Na Refa Na La / אל נא רפא נא לה
O God Please Heal Her (Numbers 12:13)
A Conceptual and Artistic Exploration of the Forces of Healing in Torah

Na Refa Na La are the words Moses spoke in prayer as he beseeched God to heal his sister Miriam’s skin affliction. In these times, we are in similarly desperate need of physical, spiritual and emotional healing as individuals and as a society.

But what do we mean by healing and what kind of healing is possible? What can we learn from Torah about healing and what does prayer have to do with it?

Together we will explore biblical, rabbinic and mystical texts on healing, as well as Jewish prayer, to glean insights into the essential nature of healing. We will also consider what healing practices we might implement in our own lives.

Participants will use art to further explore and concretize issues we study in class.

About The Barbara C. Freedman Artists’ Beit Midrash

The Artists’ Beit Midrash was cofounded in 1999 through the collaboration of Rabbi Leon Morris and visual artist Tobi Kahn.

We are about to venture into the 23rd year of this multi-denominational, committed group of artists with a broad range in ages.

This group includes those who have never studied texts before as well as those deeply invested in many years of study; yet all love the study and deep discussions accessible to everyone. The 2-hour, once a week Zoom meeting on Monday from 7 to 9 PM is collaboratively co-led by a rabbi and an artist. The first hour is text based (text chosen by the rabbi) and the second hour is a critique led by Tobi Kahn, a professor at the School of Visual Arts, based on artworks created by the students inspired by the studied texts.

Tobi Kahn will meet the artists in-person at least one time during each of the semesters for an in-depth critique.

Sponsored by: Nancy, David and Jonathan Goldhill in memory of their mother, Barbara C. Freedman

Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

January 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20

Free | Friends of Streicker*
$125 | Temple Emanu-El members
$250 | Non-members

*Friends of Streicker program information

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Tobi Kahn is an internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in over 50 solo exhibitions and more than 80 museum and group shows. He is cofounder of Avoda Arts and has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York since 1985.

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Rabbanit Leah Sarna is the Associate Director of Education and Director of High School Programs at Drisha. She previously served as Director of Religious Engagement at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago, a leading urban Orthodox congregation. She was ordained at Yeshivat Maharat in 2018, holds a BA from Yale University in Philosophy & Psychology, and also trained at the SKA Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz, Drisha and the Center for Modern Torah Leadership.

Rabbanit Sarna’s published works have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Lehrhaus and the Jewish Review of Books. She has lectured in Jewish communal settings around the world and loves spreading her warm, energetic love for Torah and Mitzvot with Jews in all stages of life.

Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

January 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20

Free | Friends of Streicker*
$125 | Temple Emanu-El members
$250 | Non-members

*Friends of Streicker program information

El Na Refa Na La / אל נא רפא נא לה
O God Please Heal Her (Numbers 12:13)
A Conceptual and Artistic Exploration of the Forces of Healing in Torah

Na Refa Na La are the words Moses spoke in prayer as he beseeched God to heal his sister Miriam’s skin affliction. In these times, we are in similarly desperate need of physical, spiritual and emotional healing as individuals and as a society.

But what do we mean by healing and what kind of healing is possible? What can we learn from Torah about healing and what does prayer have to do with it?

Together we will explore biblical, rabbinic and mystical texts on healing, as well as Jewish prayer, to glean insights into the essential nature of healing. We will also consider what healing practices we might implement in our own lives.

Participants will use art to further explore and concretize issues we study in class.

About The Barbara C. Freedman Artists’ Beit Midrash

The Artists’ Beit Midrash was cofounded in 1999 through the collaboration of Rabbi Leon Morris and visual artist Tobi Kahn.

We are about to venture into the 23rd year of this multi-denominational, committed group of artists with a broad range in ages.

This group includes those who have never studied texts before as well as those deeply invested in many years of study; yet all love the study and deep discussions accessible to everyone. The 2-hour, once a week Zoom meeting on Monday from 7 to 9 PM is collaboratively co-led by a rabbi and an artist. The first hour is text based (text chosen by the rabbi) and the second hour is a critique led by Tobi Kahn, a professor at the School of Visual Arts, based on artworks created by the students inspired by the studied texts.

Tobi Kahn will meet the artists in-person at least one time during each of the semesters for an in-depth critique.

Sponsored by: Nancy, David and Jonathan Goldhill in memory of their mother, Barbara C. Freedman

The Barbara C. Freedman Artists' Beit Midrash (Winter 2023) 3 - -

Tobi Kahn is an internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in over 50 solo exhibitions and more than 80 museum and group shows. He is cofounder of Avoda Arts and has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York since 1985.

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Rabbanit Leah Sarna is the Associate Director of Education and Director of High School Programs at Drisha. She previously served as Director of Religious Engagement at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago, a leading urban Orthodox congregation. She was ordained at Yeshivat Maharat in 2018, holds a BA from Yale University in Philosophy & Psychology, and also trained at the SKA Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz, Drisha and the Center for Modern Torah Leadership.

Rabbanit Sarna’s published works have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Lehrhaus and the Jewish Review of Books. She has lectured in Jewish communal settings around the world and loves spreading her warm, energetic love for Torah and Mitzvot with Jews in all stages of life.

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