Rabbi Bronwen Mullin, Reflection on Shavuot
About Rabbi Brownen Mullin
Rabbi Bronwen Mullin is the rabbi of Congregation Bnai Jacob of Jersey City where she co-facilitates an interfaith Artists‘ Beit Midrash with Saint Peters University. She was the first-ever appointed Rabbinic Artist-in-Residence of Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (2017-2019).
She is the co-founder of Meta-Phys Ed with performance artist/director Jesse Freedman. BA 2006 from Sarah Lawrence College (theater and religious Studies), Arts Fellow at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education 2008-2011 (musical theater composition) ordination and MA in Midrash from JTS (May 2017).
Bronwen’s teaching focuses on the intersection of midrash/ classical Jewish commentary with contemporary performance and dramatic theory. She has held positions at the Jewish Theological Seminary, The Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, The Academy of Jewish Religion in New York, Art Kibbutz New York (where she also served as Artistic Director), the JCC of Manhattan, and the 14th Street Y.
Selected works for theater include: “Sensation/Cessation: 7 Movements for Sabbath (Drisha Arts Fellowship 2010); “Tzipporah’s True Blood” and “The Seder of Serach Bat Asher” (Meta-Phys Ed in residency at the Sixth Street Shul 2012); “CHALOM: A Dream Opera” (Hebrew/Aramaic, 2012 International Fringe Festival/FringeNYC); and “Bat Yiftach: A Tragic Punk Opera” (The Kreischer
Mansion (2016)) and currently in development with support from the JTS Innovation Grant and the Meyers Family Foundation Grant (2017-2020).
Bronwen was also a founding SVARA Queer-Talmud Teaching Fellow and a founding Composition fellow in Hadar’s Rising Song Institute. Judaism is Bronwen’s favorite art form, and she feels humbled to practice this sacred craft.