Paper Midrash dynamic duo to visit Tidewater

by | Jun 2, 2022 | What’s Happening

Sunday, July 10–Tuesday, July 12

This summer, dynamic duo Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik will visit Tidewater live and in-person for three days through the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Fund of the Congregation Beth El Foundation’s Tidewater Together Series.

This in-person series is a follow-up to the variety of programs that they led online in February, including guest sermons, a gallery talk, and paper-cut Torah workshops with the synagogue religious schools.

On July 10, they will be at the Sandler Family Campus for a “Text Study with Knives,” a hands-on papercutting workshop. In this workshop, participants will study some midrash (stories about the stories in the Torah) and how everyone brings something different to the story. Known for their hands-on papercutting workshops for adults, Isaac and Rabbi Shawna will then guide participants through the creation of individual art commentary. Open to the community, no experience or artistic ability is required for this program, and all materials are provided.

For the next two days, July 11 and 12, the duo will join Camp JCC campers for interactive, hands-on learning. Rising first through fifth graders will create a variety of mosaics that combine Tidewater’s history and culture with Jewish study. Rising sixth through eighth graders will be joined by campers from Sababa Beach Away for an evening of Jewish spray painting. Counselors in Training will take part in a leadership workshop that culminates in a “Make Your Own Golem,” paper cutting experience.

To learn more about these programs, contact Sierra Lautman, director of Jewish Innovation, at United Jewish Federation of Tidewater at 757-965-6107 or To RSVP to the workshop on Sunday, July 10, go to:

Sierra Lautman