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Memoir Writing & Reflection - High Holiday Adult Education Series with Author Ellen Blum Barish

Hosted by Congregation Shir Tikvah

Workshop
Arts & Culture
Jewish Holiday
Jewish Learning
Parents
Young Adults
Adults
Older Adults
Grandparents

  • Sun, Sep 18 - Thu, 29
  • Multiple times
  • Congregation Shir Tikvah

Details

From Brokenness to Healing: Making Meaning through Memoir

Join us for a two part virtual Adult Education series for the High Holy Days. The firsrt session will be before Rosh Hashanah, and the second will take place during the Yamim Noraim, the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This is the perfect way to reflect on the year that passed, pause, and reassess our intentions for the year ahead. This series is free to Shir Tikvah members and $18 for non-members. Zoom credentials will be sent to registered participants in advance of each session. 

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Part One - “Faith in Writing”

Sunday morning, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. EST Via Zoom

How can we make use of this year’s High Holy Days to help us heal the broken places within us? We’ll talk about how writing our stories can help us make meaning and find a spiritual lens in which to frame them. Some short readings and writing exercises will offer us examples and starting points.

Part Two - "Legacy Letters"

Thursday evening, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. EST Via Zoom

The letter has deep roots in Judaism. Letters allow us to identify what is broken, clarify our values, ask for forgiveness, and express praise, regret and love. We will read excerpts from a variety of letters to get a feel for how these emotions have been articulated. With writing prompts, we will identify some of our own values and get some thoughts onto the page. 


Ellen Blum Barish is the author of the memoir, Seven Springs (Shanti Arts, 2021) a collection of essays, Views from the Home Office Window (Adams Street Publishing, 2007) and a contributor to two anthologies published by Chicago Story Press. You can find her essays in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Tablet, Lilith, Brevity, Full Grown People, Literary Mama and hear them on Chicago Public Radio. She founded the literary publication Thread, which earned four notables in Best American Essays and has taught writing at Northwestern University where she earned a master’s in journalism. She currently teaches workshops at Story Studio Chicago and Lighthouse Lit Fest and works privately with writers on essay collections and memoir. Find out more at ellenblumbarish.com.

Schedule

Registrants may attend all sessions.

Sunday, September 18 - Monday, September 19
10:00 PM - 11:00 AM EDT
Thursday, September 29
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Location

  • Congregation Shir Tikvah
    3900 Northfield Pkwy
    Troy, MI, 48084, United States of America
  • THIS IS ON ZOOM - WE WILL EMAIL ALL REGISTRANTS A ZOOM LINK IN ADVANCE OF THE SESSION
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Point of Contact

Lorelei Berg