God said to Abraham: Lech L’cha! Get up and go!
Leave your parents home, leave your birthplace. Try something completely and utterly different. Go push yourself beyond boundary, go find previously unimaginable blessing.
Tonight, we embody Abraham’s intrepid spirit and move into a new form of prayer. Welcome to Studio Shabbat!”
— Rabbi Suzie Jacobson, 2017

Studio Shabbat

An Artistic Experience of Qabbalat Shabbat

Temple Israel, Boston


How did Studio Shabbat come to be?


What made this event successful?


How does a sanctuary coexist with an art studio?


If you could go bigger with this next time, what would you do?


Tactile planning allows for mistakes along the way. Were some of those surprises worth keeping?


Why do you dedicate your life to prayerful art?


What is most difficult about the work you do?


What are you most proud of after this experience?


What is it like creating physical realities out of the dreams of your colleagues/community?


What is your no-fail go-to when you need inspiration or to get out of a creative rut?


What's the first thing you do every morning to start your day on the right foot?


Name a woman (or women), past or present, whom you admire or look up to?