Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem

Social practice artist, Torah scribe and arts educator, Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem, works across disciplines to bring diverse groups of people together in intimate and often unexpected ways.  A social agitator, steeped in Jewish tradition and ritual, inspired by craft and beauty, Shoshana’s studio and collaborative works invite participants into borderlands.   She is among the first of contemporary Jewish women to work as a traditional Torah scribe and is the founding director of Women of the Book which premiered at the Jerusalem Biennale 2015.   Shoshana’s diverse works address the role of women in traditional Jewish practice, contemplations and conversations on death and dying and other loss, ethical parchment making, immigration and place-based knowledge.  Shoshana resides with her family in Portland, OR where she is an MFA candidate in Art and Social Practice at PSU.