Tirtzah Bassel

Program Director

Tirtzah is an artist and educator who creates spaces and experiences that move people to see the familiar in unexpected ways.

Tirtzah joined Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah in 2018, where she has focused on original programming for the foundation’s convenings and strategic collaborations. Before joining the Lippman Kanfer team, she was the assistant director of the Brandeis Institute of Music and Art at Brandeis University. She was also the founding director of PopUp for Change, a summer program based at the 14th Street Y that brought together NYC teens to learn design thinking and apply it to social justice projects in response to community needs.

Tirtzah holds an MFA from Boston University, and she studied drawing and painting at the Jerusalem Studio School in Israel. Her drawings, paintings, and site-specific duct tape installations engage with political and social realities and have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She teaches in the Visual and Critical Studies Department at School of Visual Arts in New York and is a resident artist in the Chashama Workspace Program in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She currently serves on the Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) Board of Directors and is a Created Equal National Educators Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.