- This event has passed.
Jewish Identity Now: A Five-Week Series
July 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm$300 – $400
Healing the Wounds of History presentsJewish Identity Now: A Five Week Series
A Therapeutic Drama, Expressive Arts and Somatic Movement Workshop Series Exploring Jewish Identity and the Current Rise in Anti-Semitism
July 20-August 17th (Five weeks committed series)
Tuesdays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm PST
$300-$400 sliding scale
In the last few months and years, we have seen a great rise in anti-semitic sentiment around the world, from brutal attacks on Jewish People in reaction to the current crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville, VA, and the violent insurrection January, 6th, 2021. Join Maggie Silverman and Janna Browning Weir for a Healing the Wounds of History workshop where we will explore and process Jewish identity. How can we take steps towards healing personal and collective wounds as Jews, especially during these troubled times? How do we process our feelings about being targeted, yet again?
We invite you to come and find connections through personal and collective stories using the healing power of therapeutic drama, somatic movement, and the expressive arts. These modalities include mindfulness, movement, art, music, improvisation, role-playing, Playback Theatre, storytelling, and psychodramatic tools. We will follow what is in the room during this deep dive. Themes that might arise in the group could include Grief, Shame/Pride, Victim/ Perpetrator, Cultural Identity, Religious Identity, Zionism, Anti-Semitism, God/Goddess, White Privilege and Jewish Identity, and The Holocaust.
Healing the Wounds of History, developed by Armand Volkas, “Helps participants work through the burden of shared historical legacies by transforming their pain into constructive action. By humanizing each other through sharing our personal stories we take steps towards healing personal and collective wounds using creative and experiential methods.”
No acting, art, or movement experience in these methods is necessary. Shy Jews welcome!
Space is limited.
Maggie Silverman RSME/RSDE is a Registered Somatic Movement and Dance Educator and Facilitator with Healing the Wounds of History (HWH). She is the founder of The Talking Body, working with groups and individuals utilizing a wide variety of therapeutic somatic movement, dance and drama techniques, and the expressive arts. Her workshops and classes have been taught at universities and organizations throughout the United States and around the world. Maggie is a visual artist, director, and producer of video and public art projects. Her work focuses on Identity, Community, and Belonging. Maggie identifies as Jewish American.
Contact: Maggie Silverman
Janna Browning Weir MA, P-RDT is a seasoned Drama Therapist, Director, and Facilitator with Healing the Wounds of History (HWH). Janna received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College in Boston and her MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She is also trained in trauma-informed Expressive Arts. She is the founder of Integrative StoryWorks, which works with communities, groups, and individuals, using their stories to empower their lives. She has worked with Armand Volkas in his work Healing The Wounds of History since 2007. Her time with Healing the Wounds of History includes the groundbreaking work Facing the Mountain, which brought Armenian and Turks together to address the shared legacy of the Armenian Genocide. Most recently, she co-facilitated the HWH workshops Facing Whiteness: A Drama Therapy Workshop examining the historical legacy and identity as White Americans, Jewish Identity Now, and HWH: Palestinian Identity.
Contact: Janna Browning