#MeToo and Jewish Ethics

Teen/Parent Workshops on Respect, Boundaries, and Self-esteem

what's torah have to say about #metoo

About the program:

What does the Torah have to say about #MeToo? Will my sins as a parent be visited upon my children?

We will learn from Torah and learn from each other through fun, engaging, interactive workshops led by Jewish educators Naomi Ackerman and Avram Mandel. Our conversations will explore such themes as respect for women, women’s respect for themselves, anger, domestic violence, and gender inequality; all through a Jewish lens in an open conversational forum.

3:00-3:15       family check in
3:15-5:15       workshops
5:15-6:15       dinner

A unique mother \daughter interactive workshop . Naomi Ackerman will show us how to role-play our way into healthier communication in the complex mother daughter relationship. How can we listen so that we encourage talking  ? How might we speak so that we will be  heard? Using fun and reflective theatre games, we’ll support each other as we experiment with more effective ways to express needs, fears and discomfort; validate feelings rather than solve problems; and creatively explore best practices to make sure we are all feeling heard and understood. Facilitated by Naomi Ackerman.

Who are the manly Jewish roles model in our texts, history and culture?  The media often portrays Jewish men as short, bald and nebbishy.  We will look at Jewish and secular texts and references in this session and explore what it means to be “manly” in Judaism.  Is a “good Jewish boy” manly or is our masculinity being suppressed by our religion and culture? In this intimate setting, we will create a space in which we can be vulnerable with one another, discuss issues of father/son relationships, being a father, being a son and the Jewish definition of machismo. Facilitated by Avram Mandell.

Naomi Ackerman

Naomi Ackerman is the founder and director of The Advot Project, using theater for transformation. Her curriculum Relationships 101 is currently implemented in schools and Juvenile detention camps. Naomi’s acclaimed one woman show, “Flowers Aren’t Enough” has been presented over 1600 times globally. She is a Founding/Creating member of “View Points” an Arab Jewish theater, and organizer of the Jerusalem Municipality children’s clown school, as well as being one of the first clowns to integrate professional medical clowning into Israeli hospitals. Naomi travels globally as a consultant for organizations, using drama techniques to deal with gender and educational issues, as well as exploring identity, promoting tolerance and dialogue between diverse participants.

For the past two decades she has used art to promote peace, evolve change and encourage self-empowerment. Naomi was an American Jewish Global Justice fellow 2014-15. She is the recipient of the KCET and Union Bank 2014 Local Heroes award for Jewish American Heritage month and now a 2016 International woman achievers award (IWAA) for Community leadership .

Avram Mandell

Avram Mandell is Executive Director  and Founder of Tzedek America. He is a dynamic educator and respected member of the national Jewish community. He brings nearly 20 years of experience developing and leading educational programs for Jewish children and teens. Avram creates high-impact immersive programs that engage young adults in Jewish learning in a fun and relevant way and inspire them to incorporate Jewish values in their everyday lives.

Previously, Avram served as Director of Education at two major Reform congregations, most recently Leo Baeck Temple, a 600-family congregation in Los Angeles, California from 2004-2014. At Leo Baeck, he was responsible for all congregational learning, including a supplemental religious school, adult education, early childhood education, post-B’nai Mitzvah studies, and national service opportunities. Avram holds a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education (MAJE) from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles, CA and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University.

Click here to register for the Teen/Parent Workshop on August 26, 2018
Suggested contribution is $36 per family. Dinner is included. 

#MeToo Teen Workshop Flyer.pdf

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This program is supported by an Impact Grant from Jewish Federation & Family Services  of Orange County.

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