Foundation for Jewish Studies Speakers

JT Waldman

JT Waldman is an illustrator and digital designer. His first graphic novel, Megillat Esther, drew from archeological, rabbinic, and pop cultural sources to create a bold retelling of the biblical story of Esther. His most recent graphic novel, Not The Israel My Parents Promised Me, is a collaboration with Harvey Pekar that is part memoir, part historical survey, and part inter-generational dialogue.

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Arts and Ideas in the Humanities, Waldman also holds a technical degree in digital design from the Vancouver Film School. He has studied at the Facultad de Bellas Artes de Sevilla in Seville, Spain; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; and the Liberal Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Israel.

Waldman has contributed to two books, From Krakow to Krypton and The Jewish Graphic Novel, that both detail the intersection of comic books and Judaism. He has also designed a web application for JPS called Tagged Tanakh, which enables people to tag and contribute remarks to any word or verse in the Bible.

Examples of Waldman's illustration and design work can be found in his online portfolio.

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