Community Creative Fellowship

The Community Creative Fellowship, powered by CJP and  JArts, is the first of its kind in the country – an opportunity for us as a community to be part of the creative process with two top Jewish artists.

We annually seek two artists who are eager to share their craft, process, and Jewish story with many communities, and create a capstone project inspired by the experience. In addition to community engagement and art making, opportunities for personalized Jewish learning and pairing with a mentor/partner are core offerings of this fellowship. We always encourage artists and creatives of all media to apply. 

Meet our 2021-2022 Community Creative Fellows

Paloma Valenzuela

Paloma is a Dominican-American writer, director, and actor originally from Jamaica Plain, MA. She is the creative director of the production operation La Palomita Productions based in Boston and the Dominican Republic. She has collaborated with organizations such as the Urbano Project and Hyde Square Task Force and is the writer/producer/creator of the comedic web series, “The Pineapple Diaries”. The show was featured in the Latina Magazine’s “5 Web Series Every Latinx Needs to Watch Right Now”.

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Rotem Goldenberg

Originally from Israel, Rotem moved to Cambridge, MA this past year. Her art is for audiences of all ages and exists between the spaces of visual theater, performance, storytelling, and clowning. She believes in using theater as a tool in both social activism and therapy. Rotem has taught and lectured in universities, schools, and community events across the globe. She is an actor and partner in the Holot Theater, a social theater group for Israelis and asylum seekers. As a medical clown, she has worked in children’s departments, rehabilitative geriatric hospitals, and mental health hospitals. Most recently, Rotem served as a social clown with the “Emunah” organization for at-risk youth.

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Yoni Battat

Yoni Avi Battat is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer specializing in contemporary and traditional Jewish music inspired by his Iraqi and Polish ancestry. He performs and records around the world alongside artists who are at the forefront of Jewish music, including his Yiddish Jazz Band, Two Shekel Swing, and his own Ensemble of Middle-Eastern Jewish music.

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Adriana Katzew

Adriana Katzew is an artist-educator-scholar. Her photography-based art practice reveals her interest in social documentary, history, and marginalized voices. Adriana’s work strives to unearth stories and memories of people, moments and places, addressing societal conditions. Through her work, Adriana uncovers the individual narratives and humanity of each subject.

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