10-second bio: Beth Kellman, event planner, weaver and educator
Name: Beth Kellman
Title: Senior Event Planner
Department/Unit: Event Services Group/Building and Administrative Service Center
Location: Franklin Building
When I Started Working At UCOP: February 2016
What I Do For OP In Five Words Or Less: Plan events for UCOP
The Best Part About Working For OP: I enjoy the diversity of the employees and designing and supporting the events of a non-profit educational institution whose mission I believe in. I always learn something new from the people with whom I work.
Something You Don’t Know About Me: I am inspired by color, texture, fiber. In my professional life, I have been a teacher, school principal, graphic designer, event planner and weaver. I melded my love of weaving and art with my work as an educator. I design and weave Jewish prayer shawls, instruct my clients to weave on their prayer shawls, teach about the History of Jewish Ritual Art and Design, and plan events around the world. My motivation comes out of my belief that through art, we can create a unique emotional and spiritual connection to one’s identity. I have had four generations of a family come to my studio to weave on the prayer shawl for a boy about to become a bar mitzvah!
I have visited Italy more times than I can count. I lead art-inspired educational tours to Italy and France, and have lectured in synagogues in the U.S. and at the Magnes Museum on Italian Jewish Ceremonial Art. When I was younger I danced with American Ballet Theater in NYC.
One Weird Fact About The Town I Grew Up In: There is nothing weird about New York!
If I Could Have Any Job In The World (Besides The One I Have Now), I Would Be: I would be living in Italy, working as a tour guide and graphic designer, weaving, cooking and gardening.
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