Moving Torah Ventures is a fund, established through the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, to support several Moving Torah non-profit initiatives. To make a financial contribution to Moving Torah Ventures please click here.
We hope that you will consider supporting three important endeavors of Moving Torah Ventures this year. Your contribution will help fund the following projects:
Sinai and Sunna: Two Women Covering, Uncovering and Recovering This summer we hope to bring to Los Angeles Ayesha Chaudhry, Asst. Prof. of Islamic and Gender Studies, who is developing a piece about her experience with covering in the Muslim tradition entitled Cover/Stories. At the end of the summer we will workshop a piece which combines Ayesha's story with Andrea's story, Cutting My Hair in Jerusalem. Our desire is to create an evening of performance and discussion about balancing tradition and modernity -- with integrity -- geared toward Jews, Muslims and others. Our intentions for the project are to perform in several locations throughout 2013-2015 and create a film with discussion guides to make the work available nationally.
Moving Torah in Supplementary and Day School Education Art education, in general - and more specifically in Jewish education - is often seen as an "extra" in curriculum and programming. In challenging economic times, this programming is often one of the first things to go. The kind of experiential learning that happens through creative engagement can be much more than "extra," though, It can act as a "memory stick" -- the glue that holds the stories, the inquiries or the answers in the imagination of the student. Schools are often interested in working with Moving Torah, but currently have little or nothing in their budget for this work. Funds from Moving Torah Ventures will be used to underwrite or supplement Moving Torah workshops and in-service trainings in the schools.
Moving Torah Film and Curriculum Messengers/Messagesis the first Moving Torah film. Three more pieces have been filmed and are awaiting editing (Parashat Termumah, Parashat Balak and a piece about Teshuvah based on the Rambam's Hilchot Teshuvah with movement arising from the Avodah service of Yom Kippur). In the upcoming year we will edit the remaining films, and begin creating curriculum which use the films to teach text and interpretation in a variety of settings, and include artmaking, as well - elementary school and up. If you are interested in learning more about this pilot project, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
To Support Moving Torah Ventures If you are interested in learning more about any of this innovative programming please contact us. We hope you will consider supporting this work.
To make a financial contribution electronically, this link will direct you to Moving Torah Ventures page on the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity's Razoo account.
If you would prefer to write a check, please make it payable to the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity with "Moving Torah Ventures" in the memo line. The check can be mailed to:
Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity 423 N. Palm Dr. Suite 102 Beverly Hills, CA 90210