Avoda Arts is proud to partner with Facing History and Ourselves, the renowned organization that helps students learn about anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice so they can prevent it from hapening in the future. Our dramatic short film, PIGEON, continues to be a featured resource of Facing History's unique lending library, which reaches a network of more than 90,000 educators worldwide.

 

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History

1999 Avoda Arts launches as a fiscally-sponsored project of the University of Southern California. Co-founders Carol Brennglass Spinner and Tobi Kahn team up with a small band of educators and curriculum professionals, eager to integrate the arts in Jewish learning.

2000 An exhibition of Tobi Kahn’s ceremonial art, entitled AVODA: Objects of the Spirit, begins a six-year tour of over 40 college campuses and gallery spaces in 19 cities across the country. College students engage in a brand-new kind of conversation about art, ritual, and community.

2001 Offering a new take on an old story, Avoda creates an NYU Artist Seder. Artists like Frank London, Pearl Gluck, Basya Schechter, and Judith Sloan join students, artists, and community members, and offer their own creative perspective on the Passover themes of freedom, exodus and renewal.

2003 Avoda Arts is incorporated as an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

Avoda Arts and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU launches The New York Jewish Student Film Festival, a showcase of emerging Jewish filmmakers from around the world.

2004 Avoda begins a three-year period of fiscal sponsorship to JDub Records, a non-profit record and event production company striving to build community through innovative Jewish music and cross-cultural musical dialogue.

2005 Avoda Arts launches a program partnership with The Jewish Lens, a curriculum exploring values and community through the photography of Zion Ozeri.

2006 Avoda launches its educational film series, Reel Learning.

The Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists is established as a partnership of Avoda Arts, JDub Records, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and made possible by major funding from UJA-Federation of New York.

Co-founder Tobi Kahn is awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

2007 The Foundation for Jewish Camping invites Avoda Arts to teach at its Cornerstone Fellows program, a leadership training and professional development initiative for third-year camp counselors.

Avoda's Arts on the Move initiative is launched.