Design Lab

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Ideate. Collaborate. Innovate. Celebrate.

logoTurn your creative ideas and passions into action. Help make an impact on your community. Think outside of the box? Scratch that. We’re making moves.

The Brandeis Design Lab teaches motivated Jewish high school students the creative, design, and building skills necessary to solve real problems facing the Jewish community and the world. And now it’s in Metrowest!

logoOver the course of six fun action-filled sessions, 8th-12th grade fellows use the innovative approach of design thinking to understand a local community problem and then design and execute a solution.

In Spring 2017, our cohort tackles the design challenge of synagogue accessibility –
looking at how our synagogues can be warm, welcoming and accessible to all.

Run in partnership with Brandeis Pre-College Programs and local synagogues with support from Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

learn more & get on board!

What is Design Thinking?

Design thinking has come to be defined as combining empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality in analyzing and fitting various solutions to the problem context.

How are we connecting design thinking to Jewish life and teen engagement?


How Often Does Design Lab Meet?

The Spring 2017 cohort meets weekly in a mix of Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evening sessions from March-May at locations in the Natick/Wayland/Sudbury area. 


Who’s Invited? (Hint: everyone)

We’re looking for teens in grades 8-12 from throughout the Metrowest Jewish community to join us for this exciting opportunity, including teens at the following synagogues:

  • Congregation Beth El, Sudbury
  • Congregation Beth Elohim, Acton
  • Congregation Or Atid, Wayland
  • Kerem Shalom, Concord
  • Temple Beth Am, Framingham
  • Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley
  • Temple Beth Sholom, Framingham
  • Temple Beth Torah, Holliston
  • Temple B’nai Torah, Sudbury
  • Temple Israel, Natick
  • Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland

Who are the Partners?


Who’s Teaching?