Laura Conrad Mandel is a crafty girl enamored by all things art. As executive director of the Jewish Arts Collaborative, Laura enjoys planning creative and imaginative Jewishly-inspired events that span food, art, music, film, crafting and more. She wrote Muse & Schmooze, JewishBoston’s weekly arts and culture column, from its inception in 2014 until 2015.
11/16/2017 Top Pick
On Nov. 4, Jewish Arts Collaborative hosted The Break: A Shabbat Experience at Brooklyn Boulders, where attendees climbed, meditated and decompressed.
11/15/2016 Top Pick
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What would it look like to interact with a life-sized menorah, one with light and sound, controllable like video games?
Looking to add a new tradition or a little flair to this longstanding celebration and candle-lighting? Here are a few creative ideas.
It’s been a big week for film in Boston, with the Boston Jewish Film Festival running until Nov. 17. I’ve heard good reviews of many films and wanted to...
The off-Broadway hit “Bad Jews” has made quite a splash at the SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston over the last few weeks. Here are my picks for other theatrical...
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Aside from the physically and mentally cathartic aspects of digging into a ball of clay, it’s a good art form once it gets colder outside since much of it...
I loved Sukkot as a kid—and not just because we ate under the stars for a week! I loved the holiday because it spoke to my craftiness.
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