LA Artist Retreat November 15-17, 2015

The Retreat


American Jewish University’s Institute for Jewish Creativity and Asylum Arts proudly announce Reciprocity, a Los Angeles Jewish Artist Retreat. Reciprocity creates a network for community development and strengthens the local cultural ecosystem. The inaugural retreat takes place November 15-17, 2015.  During this intensive three-day program, thirty Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary emerging Jewish artists will learn from local professionals, community leaders, Jewish educators, and from one another.


Reciprocity is an invitation-only program that aims to empower artists to explore collaboration and innovative ways in order to build an integrated artist community and facilitate a nuanced conversation about Los Angeles’ unique culture and identity. We foster an artist community founded on reciprocity, collaboration and inclusivity to build the Los Angeles Jewish cultural landscape.


The program does not end at the conclusion of the retreat. Throughout the subsequent months, each artist will benefit from IJC facilitated community-based opportunities and become part of a global network of artists.


Logistics and Program


We will meet at AJU’s  Brandeis-Bardin Campus, a historic location that has hosted Jewish artists and luminaries for over 60 years.  Meeting at this magnificent 2,700 retreat center in Simi Valley, away from the distractions of our day-to-day lives, nurtures an environment dedicated to learning, creativity and growth.  Each participating artist must commit to attending the entire retreat period, from Sunday to Tuesday, as it is essential to the goals of both communal and professional development.


Our faculty includes master teachers from the arts, community building and leadership, and Jewish education.  We will discuss opportunities available to Jewish artists in Los Angeles.  Additionally, each artist will share his or her creative work with the community.


While our retreat is subsidized, we ask each participant to pay a $50 fee to demonstrate commitment to our program and its goals. To request a subsidy, please be in touch.



Participating Artists

Yair Agmon
Aaron Axelrod
Chari Pere
Judith Prays
Alexandra Shilling
Emily Cohen
Sarah Zucker
Eileen Levinson

Bronwyn Lundberg
Hagar Cygler
Claire Bergen
Aaron Samuels
Eyal Resh
Aaron Henne
H. Alan Scott
Brian Simon

Robin Conrad
Keren Hantman
Sergio Bromberg
Carol Es
Betsy Medvedovsky
Amanda Sutton

Our Partners


Asylum Arts supports contemporary Jewish culture on an international scale, bringing greater exposure to artists and cultural initiatives, providing opportunities for new projects and collaborations and elevating the level of excellence and artistic activity.


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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