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.
2/28/2019 Top Pick
Our beloved Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen turns 10 this year! There have been some amazing memories (and dishes!) along the way.
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
If you don't have the space in your life for a sukkah, here are some meaningful and creative ways to celebrate the Jewish harvest festival.
If you want to venture into the contemporary remix of the classics, Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen on March 1 is the place to be. The annual event has become Boston’s...
Valentine’s Day may not exactly come from a Jewish place, but it’s a great all-American excuse to celebrate those we love. Here are three Jewishly-inspired ways to show your...
Despite the pigskin being the ultimate in treif, the 49th annual Super Bowl wouldn’t be the same without some key Jewish contributions.
Most of the world has its own variation of Arbor Day, Judaism included. Known as Tu BiShvat, this lesser-known holiday is a great way to celebrate the wonder and...
From winners to nominees and even those not in the running, here are my picks for Jewishly-inspired TV and films to curl up with on the couch right now.
Hanukkah is here! Are you in a celebratory mood? Aside from Christmas, here are a few other December holidays you can indulge in to keep the holiday spirit going.
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.
Harkening back to my ancestors in Eastern Europe, my family in Israel and friends around the world, here are a few ways American Jews can revel in the luxuries...
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...
I love knishes—they’re probably at the top of my Jewish food list. My passion for these handheld delights and first-hand research has led me to create this list of...
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.