OUR MISSION ATIQ: JEWISH MAKER INSTITUTE IS AN APPLIED ARTS YESHIVA WHICH NOURISHES AN EMBODIED SPIRIT OF BELONGING AND CREATIVE CONFIDENCE IN JEWISH TRADITION FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES.
ABOUT US “Daily practice with images both written and drawn is RARE once we have lost our baby teeth and begin to see ourselves as GOOD at some things and BAD at other things. It’s not that this isn’t true... but the side effects are profound once we abandon a certain activity like drawing because we are bad at it. A certain state of mind - (What McGilchrist might call “ATTENTION”) is also lost. A certain CAPACITY of the mind is SHUTTERED and for most people it STAYS THAT WAY for life. It is a BAD TRADE.” - Lynda Barry
CH A LLENGE We live in a time and place with: •
an emphasis on perfection and excellence
a culture of planned obsolescence and disposability
the constant presence of digital devices and performance of our lives for social media
many fewer institutional and organizational anchors for meaning
All of which leaves us with an ever-present hum of anxiety. We feel that we are not measuring up, along with a pervading sense of loneliness. And a huge number of Jewish people feel that they have no access to meaning and depth through their home tradition.
ATIQ’S R ESPONSE At Atiq, people of all ages craft the tools to bring meaningful, personally relevant Jewish ritual into our homes. Developed through a culture of making rather than a culture of consumption, our focus is on the combination of process and product - tools and frameworks designed for connection. Atiq workshops and programs emphasize: •
Learning Through Making
Roots and Branches
Home Oriented Judaism
We do this through four flagship programs: •
Local community workshops
Institutional collaborations and professional development
Online resources for a national and international audience
LEA R NING THROUGH M A KING With permission to tinker, experiment, inquire, wonder, and fail along the way
ROOTS A ND BR A NCHES Gaining access to the depths of Jewish knowledge and tradition, while also developing personally relevant expressions
HEIR LOOM CULTUR E Creating beautiful useful things, so that the stuff you surround yourself with holds deep meaning as well as hand-crafted beauty
HOME ORIENTED JUDAISM Having the learning and frameworks to bring creative confidence and a sense of belonging to home practice of Judaism
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS “The Maker Kollel, for me, has been a time and a space where I’ve really been able to feel grounded and connected to spirituality, to creativity, to Judaism, in a deeper way. I’ve found that Wednesday nights center my week in a similar way that Shabbat does - that time to think and be in community with others, to be creating.” - Maker Kollel Fellow
OUR PROGR A MS H AV E INCLUDED:
People of the (Artists’) Book: Creating around the Jewish Months • 6 Part Pre-Passover Maker Series Hebrew Calligraphy • Interactive Blessings for a Sweet New Year • Living Prayer Exhibition Poetic Automata at Maker Faire • Make Hanukkah 5
PARTNERS & COLLABORATIONS “Coming to art class was such a blessing every day, but also very emotional because of how we were encouraged to look at the Torah/prayer through art. I’ve never used art in this way and watching everything come together on the exhibit day was one of the holiest moments of my life.” - Atiq at BCI Workshop Participant
W E’V E BEEN HONOR ED TO COLLA BOR ATE WITH:
HAMAQOM | The Place • Studio 70 - Edah The Wonderful Idea Co. • Urban Adamah • PJ Library JewishLearningWorks • At the Well The Pardes Institute • Oakland Hebrew Day School Limmud • East Bay Jewish Federation The Brandeis Collegiate Institute • Maker Faire 8
STAFF A DINA POLEN FOUN DER A N D EX ECUTIV E DIR ECTOR
NA A M A SA DA N DIR ECTOR OF DEV ELOPM ENT
A RIEL M AYSE R A BBI-INR ESIDENCE
R ACHEL BICK EL CR EATIV E DIR ECTOR
A LIZA W EISS PROGR A M M A NAGER
Adina Polen founded Atiq in 2017. After earning her BA in Music from Barnard College, Adina studied design at the Bezalel Academy and Hadassah College, and Jewish text at the Pardes Institute and at Yakar. She has channeled her love of integrating Torah and arts into her work as a Maker Educator at BCI, Edah Berkeley and the Nesiya Institute. Adina has been steeped in the DIY ethos of the Chavurah movement, Jewish Catalog style creativity, and the teachings of Hassidut, from her earliest days, and now lives in Berkeley with her husband and three young kids. Naama Sadan was born and raised in the old city of Jerusalem. She has taught in Beit Midrash programs at the University of Haifa and the Hebrew University as well as developing and teaching programs in urban planning and sustainability to high school students and teachers in Jerusalem. She is currently completing a PhD in Urban Policy and Environmental Education at the Hebrew University. Naama joined Atiq as the Director of Development and Sustainability, where she brings her experience in strategic and capacity building and her love of Torah and the material world to the work in our studio. As a member of the inaugural cohort of ordained Rabbis at Beit Midrash Harel, and a black belt in Karate, Ariel has always charted a unique spiritual path. Ariel is an assistant professor of Judaic Studies at Stanford University, with a focus on Hasidut and Kabbalah. He delights in finding ways to make the what might be esoteric within our tradition profoundly accessible and meaningful.
Rachel is passionate about building engaged and diverse communities, and deepening the ways that material culture can support this effort. Rachel brings her experience as an active alumni member of Moishe House Vacnouver, and as an MA candidate in Library Science at UBC to her work at Atiq.
Aliza is a designer and illustrator focusing on interior and graphic projects. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2008, and studied architecture and interior design at Sothebyâ€™s Institute of Art in London, England and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Aliza uses her expansive art history and illustration knowledge to support project development and organizational planning. Aliza is dedicated to expanding artistic development within the Jewish sphere.
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OUR GOALS GROW THE M A K ER KOLLEL The core of Atiq is the Maker Kollel. In this space scholar-artists integrate Torah learning and sacred material culture creation. Within an intensive work environment we grow the ideas and the energy for our workshops. This is a space for inspiring people to grow.
GROW OUR STA FF In order to do more and build the applied arts Beit Midrash we need great people. Our goal is to recruit them and support their growth while they support the growth of learners
INCR EASE THE R EACH OF OUR WOR KSHOPS We aim to have a diversity of workshops where people can MAKE their Jewish journey. In order to make them more accessible, we will subsidize cost for entry and invest in creating online and make-at-home versions. We will start with MakeHolidays, a inquiry-based making kit for every Jewish holiday.
SECUR E A PER M A NENT HOME Our goal in the coming year it to secure an independent studio space for Atiq. This will include a Beit Midrash learning space, a fully outfitted maker space, an exhibition space, and artists studios.
Join us in realizing these goals! Our annual financial goal of $313,000 can be achieved together with you. Join our donors circle and the many individuals who are making our work a reality. Letâ€™s MAKE it together!