Inquiry Fellowship



Inquiry Fellowship

February-May 2019

Explore the origins of your practice

Challenge your conception of identity and community

Engage with a vibrant community of artists, thinkers and scholars

Question traditions, rituals and ideas

Enhance your understanding of Jewish texts and concepts

Deepen your knowledge of all things Jewish

The 2019 Inquiry Fellowship is for artists living in Los Angeles. We require openness to new ideas, a desire to be a part of a learning community, and a commitment to your creative practice.

2019 Inquiry Fellows

Ross Berman

David Blankleider

Naomi Duben 

Rachel Duboff

Cory Hills

Rachel Kann

Danny Lobell 

Erin Mizrahi

Alexander Nemser

Sammy Rosenbaum

Jill Spector
Deenah Vollmer

What is the Inquiry Fellowship?

Fellows will come together for an evening-time session with the best thinkers and scholars in the greater Los Angeles area, delve deeply into ancient Jewish texts, ask questions, consider their own practice in light of communal histories, and share ideas and an intellectual space.


The fellowship will complement your schedule and fit into your busy life. Fellows are not required to create new work, but to share their practice and ideas.

The program is designed to encourage exploration and learning, while developing the meeting points between your work and the broader cultural context that informs it and inspires you. Our goal is to open doors for artists, connecting them to current conversations reflecting and challenging Jewish ideas.

Between sessions, we encourage cohort members to build relationships with other fellows through work-sharing, attending openings and performances, and other types of community building.

Inquiry fellows are also introduced in to the great and ever-growing IJC community, which encompasses Jewish artists and creatives from across LA.

About Us

The Institute for Jewish Creativity (IJC) is a proud project of American Jewish University (AJU). The IJC encourages artistic contributions to create an authentic, thriving American Jewish culture. AJU’s core values are learning and scholarship, culture, ethics, leadership, and peoplehood.  For almost 70 years AJU has served as a thriving center and resource for individuals to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity. AJU is one of the largest and most innovative Jewish institutions in the country. The Institute for Jewish Creativity is made possible through a generous Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, and with additional support from Naomi and Jeffrey Caspe.


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