Workshops and Scholar-in-Residence
Julie offers interactive and spiritually meaningful workshops on the scribal arts. She has lectured at the following institutions:
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, CA; Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA; College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN; Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT; Kehillat Israel, Pacific Palisades, CA; Pardes Institute, Jerusalem, Israel; Keneseth Israel, Louisville, KY; Etz Chaim,South Florida; Beit Rabban School, NYC; and more.
Please contact Julie to discuss a visit!
“Who Wrote the Torah?” An Introduction to the Scribal Arts
In this interactive Powerpoint lecture, Julie introduces the art and science of sacred writing from both technical and spiritual perspectives. She will address the basics of the craft, and will introduce the scribe’s tool box, including parchment, ink, and feathers. There will also be opportunity to examine pages of an actual Torah and together discover the best-kept secrets of the trade.
Challah: Kneading, Taking, and Giving
“The world was created for the sake of challah” (Bereishit Rabbah 1:6). In this hands-on workshop, we will explore Jewish texts related to challah and employ our creative spirits to shape the dough. Please visit My Jewish Learning to see some of Julie's "parsha challah."
The Mystical Nature of the Hebrew Letters
In mystical literature, the Hebrew letters are not simply building blocks for words and sentences, but contain meaning in and of themselves. In this interactive lecture, we will explore the aleph-bet, uncovering deeper significance through examining the forms, names, and numerical values of the letters.
The Font of Revelation:
Does a Rose by Any Other Shape Smell as Sweet?
What script was the Torah originally given in? Is it the same script that Torahs are written in today? In this session we explore the development of Hebrew scripts, and address the underlying spiritual question: How much meaning do we ascribe to the container, as opposed to its contents?