Education & Professional Development
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We provide educational programs for learners ranging from middle school to adults, available to schools, synagogues and community organizations. In addition, we work with staff and clergy on developing creative approaches to prayer services and liturgy. Below, you'll find a sampling of our educational offerings.
| MULTIPLE-SESSION COURSES AND WORKSHOPS |
(Generously supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.)
This program provides a wide array of multidisciplinary workshops and creative approaches to Jewish content for under-engaged middle and high school students attending religious school and educational programs at communal organizations. These workshops are developed with, and for, these institutional partners.
Through the utilization of facilitated storytelling, personal narrative exploration and creative arts-based techniques, we encourage all participants to find their own unique relationships to traditions, liturgy and Jewish experience. We tie these workshops into the topics which the religious school or partner organization is most interested in teaching at that time. In this manner, we enliven and make personal Jewish learning, fostering a deeper sense of Jewish identity and an excitement for Jewish history and traditions.
THE ART OF JEWISH LEADERSHIP
A series of leadership workshops, which utilize theatrical tools and innovative artistic approaches, encourage the investigation and communication of relationships to Jewish identity and the local and global communities. This program involves professional development for Campus Based professionals, in which they will learn from the techniques which theatre dybbuk utilizes, so that they may apply them in an ongoing manner to their work.
| 1–3 SESSION WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AND/OR ADULTS |
ILLUMINATING LITURGY THROUGH CREATION
All participants create personal narratives (short stories, poems, etc...) that are inspired by, and incorporate elements from, pieces of Jewish liturgy. This workshop is designed to unpack a prayer's meaning, bringing it to vivid life for all those who take part.
In this workshop, we utilize a combination of texts (centering around Jewish themes and/or history) and visual inspiration to collaboratively create presentations. In teams of no less than 3 and no more than 10, participants illuminate the text they have been given by creating a physical presentation of its contents, using photos and paintings to inspire and help guide them.
THE PROCESS: CRAFTING A JEWISH PLAY
theatre dybbuk utilizes a collaborative process in which all parties, including cast members, designers and scholars, contribute to the shape of a new piece of Jewish theatre through text study, guided discussion and creation exercises. Participants will have the unique opportunity to participate in a theatre dybbuk script development session. All will help to create a new piece of theatre while learning about an aspect of Jewish history.
| LEADERSHIP FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS |
YOUR PERSONAL MISSION
This workshop allows all participants to dig into their own histories to discover their personal missions through the creation of written narratives. Participants are then encouraged to share these narratives and statements with the group. This workshop, therefore, covers a variety of leadership skills: effective storytelling, public speaking and the ways in which vulnerability can align with leadership.
EMPATHY AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
In this workshop, all participants will learn how to find understanding in even the most challenging of situations. All will be asked to write narratives based on their own experiences of conflict. They will dive into these stories by writing them from the perspective of the other. They will then share these narratives with the group. A second option in this workshop asks participants to craft stories based on their own regrets. They imagine, on the page, how they might have acted differently. Once again, they then share these narratives with the group. Once tales have been shared, a guided discussion about the topics inherent in the conflict or regret takes place. Skills and Opportunities: empathetic listening, public speaking, learning from one's own past to create a better future.
| PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT |
We offer a wide array of opportunities for staff, clergy and board members to develop their skills.
Our workshops include:
Empathetic Listening and Conflict Resolution
Exodus as a Model for Telling Your Story
Four Questions, Four Personalities—The Passover Seder as a guide to building successful relationships.
| ADULT EDUCATION |
ALL of our existing workshops are available for adult students, and are always tailored to meet the unique needs of any group.
| SYNAGOGUE PROGRAMMING |
We create original new works of Jewish ritual theatre for, and with, synagogues.
We also offer existing liturgically-oriented pieces, which have proven successful in synagogues throughout Southern California, as well as in Atlanta and New York. Here are some examples.
ONE COMMUNITY, MANY STORIES
A theatre dybbuk facilitator takes all participants through a 45–60 minute writing workshop in which they create personal essays and short stories. These stories focus on moments in their own lives in which forgiveness played a crucial role. A selection of these stories are then read/performed by professional actors.
We create a communal experience, centered around forgiveness, which serves to illuminate themes related to the high holidays. If there is a desire to utilize this program for another holiday or event, please note that the thematic focus of the evening can be adjusted.
Topics covered previously:
Standing at Sinai—Stories of Revelation and Transformation, related to Shavuot
S'lach Lanu: Forgive Us—Related to Selichot and the High Holidays
Lighting the Way—Stories of finding light in the darkness, related to Hanukkah
The High Holiday prayer services act as both a communal coming together and an individual exploration of one’s relationship to eternity. A holiday-specific piece of theatre-as-ritual, this 40-minute piece incorporates prayers and songs, using the seven days of sitting shiva as a framework for the exploration of loss and atonement. This event, which engages with the transgressions of the past and the possibility for redemption in the future, serves as the basis for a full bodied investigation and illumination of the worship service, played out in song, movement, poetry, prayer and community. A discussion with the theatre dybbuk artistic team is offered as part of this program.