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Upcoming Classes and Events At The Braid 


Flag Books

The Sheltering Book Workshop

Sunday, October 16, 10:00–12:30 pm

Join us for this fun, innovative bookmaking workshop integrating art, craft, and creative writing. Bring yourself, bring friends, bring the whole family! Debra Disman’s large-scale construction, The Sheltering Book, evocative of a Sukkah, will serve as an inspirational backdrop. You’ll learn how to create the nifty “flag book”. Using the theme of shelter as inspiration, you’ll fill your book with “found writing” – a fun, spontaneous technique that takes the anxiety out of writing!. Your book will be yours to keep!

The Sheltering Book project is supported by The WORD Grant, a project of American Jewish University’s Institute for Jewish Creativity.

Cost: $20
Reserve your spot HERE.

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Improvisation Workshop with Melanie Chartoff

Sold out last month – Back by popular demand!

Melanie Chartoff’s (writer, tv and stage actor with “Seinfeld”, “Fridays”, “Rugrats”, “Newhart” and JWT) improvisational exercises empower aspiring artists/inexperienced performers to increase the flexibility of their voices, body language and imaginations.  Come discover under-used aspects of your humanity and humor in play. Learn from a pro in the improv, acting, and writing arts, and laugh madly and often as you increase your confidence in communication with anyone, anywhere and anytime.

Single Session: Saturday, Oct. 29, 1:00-4:00pm
Fee: $55. Sign up online HERE

(minimum age: 18, class size limited to 14)
Newcomers Welcome.  No prior experience necessary!



Bagels and Bestsellers

Sunday, November 6, 10:30 – 12:00 pm

Christopher Noxon will discuss his hilarious novel, Plus One, “a funny, sharply observed, heartbreaking look at love, power, and happily-ever-after in Hollywood.”—Jennifer Weiner, author of Who Do You Love, The Next Best Thing, and Good in Bed.

Cost: $15

Reserve your space by emailing [email protected].

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Hanukkah Jewelry Making Workshop

Sunday, November 20, 10:30 – 12:30 pm
With celebrated jewelry designer and instructor Susan Ryza. Come adorn your friends, family or yourself with a Hanukkah present of a chain maille charm bracelet in your choice of colors.
We will also be joined by Rabbi Susan Nanus for an enlightening Torah study on “adorning the body.”

Cost: $50, includes materials

Reserve your spot HERE


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Narrative Method Workshop

Sunday, December 11, 1- 3 pm

Join us for an enriching workshop facilitated by Shari Foos – educator, activist, and MFT. The Narrative Method is a dynamic group experience in which we use stories to transform our relationships and reimagine our lives. In an intimate setting, storytelling and big ideas increase awareness, build empathic connections and open the door to new perspectives and endless possibilities for a better world.

Cost: $20

Reserve your spot HERE


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New themes for our 2017 At-Homes Salon Season are up!

Submit your story!  You don’t have to a professional writer, just someone with a good story. Every story will be read and considered.


January – Matzo Ball Diaries

The secret stories of food and home. The power of food to nourish us, heal us or move us to action.


March – Exile: Kisses on Both Cheeks

The Sephardic legacy of family, community, and country, looking for home more than 500 years after the expulsion from Spain.


May – More Courage

Stories of brave acts, small or large, that change lives and inspire us all.


Read more about our themes and submissions deadlines.











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