Stories of Jewish Resilience

In November we conducted a workshop at the Mizel Museum in Denver for their current exhibit entitled Stories of Resilience.  It was a unique workshop in that we actually worked with 20 participants (ten storytellers and ten helpers, most of whom had never taken our workshop before).  The multi-generational dialogue to the workshop lent it a different flavor and helped to form a cohesive community of story sharing.

There were two holocaust survivors in the group, a rabbi talking about life post stroke, an activist and a survivor of rape, among other participants with powerful stories to tell and share.

Stories of Resilience was shaped by the knowledge that each of us have participated in life-altering experiences. The 3-day workshop at the Mizel Museum was conceived as part of an exploration and interpretation of resilience from the perspective of the storyteller. At different points on life’s journey, we have faced decisions and choices that shifted values, self-perceptions, world view, attitudes, and actions. Framed within the context of resilience, the workshop focuses on the life-changing events to create a narration of how those perceptions were altered in the participant’s lives.

The Mizel Museum believes the process of digital storytelling will become an integral, and captivating permanent addition to their exhibit space.

The stories can be viewed (one per month) here
or in a series at the museum.

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