Portland, OR / Jerusalem, Israel



·       MFA Candidate Art and Social Practice, Portland State University, current

·       Soferet STaM (Torah Scribe), private training in Jerusalem 2000 – 2005

·       M.Ed. Creative Arts in Learning | Multi-Cultural Education, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA 2000

·       MA Jewish Studies, Hebrew College, Brookline, MA 2000

·       BA Cultural Anthropology / Fine Arts (Photography), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1991



Shoshana Gugenheim is a social practice artist, Torah scribe, curator and educator. Her works primarily address the role of women in traditional Jewish society and Israeli culture, concerns of land and place making, Jewish-Arab dialogue as well as personal transformation and ritual through encounter with art making. Shoshana was one of the first women in modern times to train and practice as a Torah scribe. Her scribal work inspired her international collaboration, Women of the Book, launched with the Jerusalem Biennale 2015, and is informing her current work on contemporary and ethical parchment manufacturing.  While much of Shoshana’s social practice takes place outside of the studio, when in the studio she engages in printmaking, mixed-media collage, fiber arts, book arts and more. Shoshana has served as artist-in-residence in Israel and the US where she has also exhibited her studio work and social collaborations.

As an arts and environmental educator, Shoshana has worked with the following organizations:  The Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland State University, JCJCR (Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relations), BIMA (Brandeis University), Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Elat Chayyim Retreat Center, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), Diller Teen Program, Living Routes, Encounter, Partnership 2000 Baltimore- Ashkelon, Lesley University Israel, Tal Torah, The Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, Seeds of Peace, Beit Sefer Du Lashoni (Hebrew/Arabic School, Jerusalem), The Dorot Foundation, The Koby Mandell Foundation, Thompson Island Outward Bound, Radcliffe College, The Teva Learning Center, The Shalom Center, Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education



·       JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor Food Farming and Environmental Education) Leaders Institute: Hazon 2018 -19

·       SolutionsLab: Applied Jewish Wisdom Cohort 2017

·       Simon Benson Award, Portland State University 2016-17

·       Hadassah Brandeis Institute Academic Advisory Committee, 2012 to present

·       Hadassah Brandeis Senior Research Fellow Award, 2009




·       Jewess-in-Residence, current

·       Ranch Camp, Elbert, Colorado, summer 2017

·       BIMA Arts at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA , summer 2011

·       Temple Sha’arei Emet, St. Louis, Missouri, scribe-in-residence 2006

·       Tzomet/Crossroads: Intervention Center for Anglo – Saxon Adolescents at Risk in Israel 2003

·       Elat Chayyim, Artist-in-Residence, Summers 2000, 2002, 2011, 2013

·       WUJS Arad Arts Project, Artist-in-Residence, Arad, Israel October 2000 - June 2001

·       Camp Newman, Artist-in-Residence, book arts, Santa Rosa July 2001




·       The Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2017

·       Institut fur Alles Mogliche, Berlin, Germany 2017

·       Assembly 2017, Portland, OR 2017

·       The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, 2017

·       Mercer Island Jewish Community Center, Seattle, WA 2016

·       MK Gallery, Portland State University, 2016

·       Jerusalem Biennale, 2015

·       International Printmaking Biennial, St, Petersburg, Russia, June 2008

·       The Language of Absorption, Janco Dada Museum of Ein Hod, December 2004 – March 2005

·       Out of Our Minds, The Artists Workshop Experiment, The International Cultural Center for Youth, May 2002,

·       Art and Spirit, The University of Vermont Hillel, April 2002, Burlington, VT

·       Views From the Seventh Floor, Arad Arts Museum, group show, April 2001, Arad, Israel

·       Heichal HaTarbut Mofet, group show, May 2001, Rana’ana, Israel

·       Border Crossings, photographic works from Guatemala, solo show, April 2000, Somerville, MA

·       In • Lands, Installation to accompany, The Vagina Monologues, Agassiz Theater, February, 2000, Cambridge, MA

·       A Very Narrow Bridge: Faces of Israel, (photography) solo show, Speizman Galleries, June 1991, Charlotte, NC





·       The Tablet Magazine, October 22, 2015

·       Jerusalem Post, October 8, 2012,

·       The Jerusalem Report, March 26th, 2012 (online version:

·       New Jersey Jewish News, August 3rd, 2011

Nashim :A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues, Volume 21, Spring 2011

·       The International Council of Jewish Women, March, 2011,

·       The Jewish Daily Forward, November, 2010,

·       Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, June, 2007,

·, Sept, 2006,

·       “Women Writing a Sefer Torah,” Sh’ma journal, February 2000,