Welcome 2016-2017 Fellows

Meet the 2016-2017 LABA Fellows and our theme – OTHER. Through the study of classic Jewish texts from multiple traditions and historical eras we will explore a variety of ways for the possible existence of the Other, either in real life or in unknown or contradictory imaginative thoughts. Be it another gender, sexuality, nationality,  territory, religion, or


Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the US.  Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian


Karen Hartman is the award-winning author of Goldie, Max & Milk,Goliath, Leah’s Train, Gum and more than fifteen other plays and musical works. Her plays have been produced regionally and in New York, and are published by Theater Communications Group, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Backstage Books, and NoPassport Press. Awards: New Dramatists residency, Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, the N.E.A., the Helen

2011-2012 LABA FELLOWS

A native of Israel, Ghiora Aharoni moved to New York in 1993. Before opening his design studio in 2004, he worked at several distinguished architectural firms including Polshek Partnership and Studio Daniel Libeskind. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the City College School of Architecture and Environmental Studies, with a Master of Architecture