Jeff Kasowitz

The Jewish Studio Project | www.jewishstudioproject.org

2016-2018

Bio

Jeff Kasowitz, Co-Founder & Executive Director of The Jewish Studio Project, is a social innovator, musician and community builder. Jeff has deep background in nonprofit management and strategic planning. He served as Vice President of Strategy and Growth for the national education reform organization City Year where he worked on partnership building, scaling impact and developing organizational culture. He has taught on leadership and collaboration for organizations including the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A guitarist and singer, Jeff writes and performs original music inspired by Jewish texts. His debut album, Arba’im Shanah, was released in December 2016. Jeff served as a prayer leader and board member of Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue. He was Chief Strategist for The Boston Tree Party, an urban agricultural and participatory public art project. Jeff has been a PresenTense Fellow and an Environmental Leadership Fellow and has MBA and MPH degrees from UC Berkeley. Jeff lives in Berkeley, CA with his partner, Adina, two little ones, Remy and Tovi, and pup, Barley.

The Jewish Studio Project

The Jewish Studio Project: Part urban art studio, part house of Jewish learning, part spiritual community, The Jewish Studio Project activates creativity in individuals and communities to make meaning in our lives, promote positive social change and inspire a Judaism that is vibrant, connective and hope-filled. JSP’s unique methodology combines Jewish learning and creative arts exploration to investigate relevant questions about our lives and our tradition. JSP’s core belief is that each one of us is inherently creative and that the world needs this creativity to thrive. Through creative learning workshops, immersive fellowships and trainings, spiritual experiences and professional development offerings, JSP is sparking a culture of creative spiritual engagement that infuses Judaism with new voices and diverse perspectives; empowers individuals with creative confidence; and addresses our society’s increased polarization and divisiveness.