Artists-in-Residence: Paper Midrash

Please note below is our new Artist-in-Residence Updated Schedule: 

Friday, February 9, 2024: Erev Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM (All ages and open to the community)

Saturday, February 10, 2024: Torah Study at 9:30 AM (Adults only and open to the community)
Make Your Own Golem Workshop at 10:45 AM (Adults only)

Street Art Prophecy at 1:00 PM (Teens only and open to the community)

Sunday, February 11, 2024: JSchool – Fingerprint Mosaic Workshop (JSchool students only)


Temple Har Shalom is proud to offer you this special opportunity to make something meaningful while “being immersed in a fusion of Jewish scholarship and creative expression.” 
This weekend is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest.

We will be welcoming husband-and-wife team Isaac & Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik for as our Artists-in-Residence the weekend of February 9th – 11th. Over the weekend, they will be engaging us in several hands-on learning programs.

No experience or “artistic ability” is required, all materials are provided. You don’t have to know how to paint or draw. They will bring the supplies, and you bring your enthusiasm!

For planning purposes, please register below.

Get to know our Artists-in-Residence guests: Paper Midrash:

Husband and wife “dynamic duo” Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik create new pathways into Torah, combining deep Jewish scholarship with comic books and pop culture for a unique take on traditional texts. Isaac cuts up comic books and reassembles them into papercuts that explore the stories of the Jewish people. Rabbi Shawna adapts traditional Jewish concepts to a modern Reform context and brings that synergy to students of all ages. Together, they are “Paper Midrash.”

Our Artist-in-Residence Programs: (For planning purposes, please register where indicated.)

Friday, February 9th: Erev Shabbat Service at 7:00 PM:
Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik will be joining us for our Erev Shabbat Service where they will start their residency with a special D’var Torah. (Our Shabbat Service is open to all members and the community. No registration is required.)

Saturday, February 10th: Torah Study at 9:30 AM:
Our monthly Torah Study will be an engaging conversation of “Women of Valor & Other Super Heroes”. You will leave the morning with artwork that you create depicting your view of a woman of valor of Jewish super hero. (This program is for adults only and open to the community.)

Click here to register for Torah Study

Saturday, February 10th: Make Your Own Golem at 10:45 AM:
Learn about the legend of the golem in Jewish text and culture. You will then participate in a hands-on workshop in which you make your vision of a golem out of cut-up comic books. (Adults only)

Click here to register for Make Your Own Golem

Saturday, February 10th: Program For Our Teens:
Street Art Prophecy at 1:00 PM: 
We invite our teens and their friends to participate in two programs with our Artists-in-Residence. Inspired by the words of our prophets and the Tel Aviv graffiti scene, Paper Midrash’s two-hour “Street Art Prophecy” spray paint workshop is a hands-on program designed for teens. Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik start with a lesson on Jewish prophetic teaching and Tel Aviv street art. Teens will then learn how to use materials to create and spray their own stencils; they make individual prints for themselves and create a “wall” as a group displaying all of their work. 

Register for Street Art Prophecy

Sunday, February 11th: JSchool – Fingerpainting Mosaic Workshop
Our JSchool students will be lending their hands to create a new set of banners for the THS sukkah using a unique fingerprint mosaic technique!


Reach out to Lynn Anne Cutler, Director of Congregational Education, if you have any questions about our Artist-in-Residence Weekend.