LABA-East Bay: is our sister branch in California based on LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y in in New York. LABA-East Bay is an artists’ fellowship program in which around 10 culture-makers — a mix of visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and others — are brought together to study classic Jewish texts in a non-religious, open-minded setting.
An integral part of the LABA-East Bay program will be shared study and dialogue between the New York and Buenos Aires LABA fellows and teachers via a virtual classroom.
please go to labaeastbay.org to find out more
WHO WE ARE:
SARAH WOLFMAN-ROBICHAUD: PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Sarah comes with an extensive background in theater and music performance, as well as lecturing/leading workshops on arts education and arts for social justice in academic, educational, and community settings. Sarah most recently managed the programming department at Arts Umbrella, the largest arts education organization in Canada. When not singing lullabies to her children, Sarah is the JCC East Bay’s Director of Public Programs.
ELISSA STRAUSS: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
From 2012-2017, Elissa co-directed LABA in New York alongside current Artistic Director Ronit Muszkatblit. She is a writer who covers culture, gender, and parenthood. Currently a columnist for CNN.com, her essays, op-eds, and reported pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Glamour, ELLE, the Forward, and elsewhere. She is writing her first book on caregiving. More at www.elissastrauss.com.
JAKE MARMER: FACULTY
Jake is a poet, performer, and educator. He is the author of three poetry collections: Cosmic Diaspora (2020), The Neighbor Out of Sound (2018) and Jazz Talmud (2012). He also released two klez-jazz-poetry records: Purple Tentacles of Thought and Desire (2020, with Cosmic Diaspora Trio), and Hermeneutic Stomp (2013). Jake is the poetry critic for Tablet Magazine. Jake is the poetry critic for Tablet Magazine and works as the Education and Programming Director of the Bronfman Fellowship.