Tehillah presents KaleidoscopeNovember 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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November 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tehillah presents Kaleidoscope
WHAT: The Kaleidoscope Workshop is a narrative-arts based, interactive, video workshop that highlights the personal stories of Jews of Color, and Jews from Sephardic & Mizrachi backgrounds to help communities develop greater receptivity and sensitivity to issues of Jewish diversity.
These stories were originally written in workshops with Vanessa and Kendell and performed in front of sold-out audiences at the 14th Street Y in New York City. In the next two years, Kaleidoscope Live traveled to numerous venues and temples in the NYC Tri-State area. All shows were followed by stimulating Q&A sessions with the cast.
These post-show conversations confirmed the desire to discuss these complex realities within the Jewish Community and beyond.
At Kaleidoscope, we believe personal monologue is the most powerful tool to kick off these discussions. With that in mind, we wondered: How could we transport these powerful stories and discussions to communities all over the country in a portable package without losing the impact of the live, personal stories? Just as importantly, we wondered how we could inspire participants to share their own stories with us to continue this important work? Though our stories focus on the experiences of Jewish racial and cultural diversity, we believe that EVERYONE has a story to tell that reflects a time of feeling “othered” within and outside the Jewish Community. Sexual orientation, religious affiliations, economic status, gender, and disabilities, are among some of the many topics participants have touched upon in our sessions.
WHY: The Jewish community has always been diverse. From Eastern Europe to North Africa, to India, to Ethiopia and beyond, Jews come in all hues and from many ethnic backgrounds. What is more, our communities continue to grow increasingly diverse with each year. Thus, embracing the full, complex reality of Jewish diversity is essential for any Jewish organization moving into the future.
HOW: Through personal stories and community reflection,
The Kaleidoscope Video Workshop includes:
A 75-minute interactive video workshop featuring Kaleidoscope cast monologues that tackle the issues Jews of color and Jews of Non-Ashkenazi descent deal with within and outside the Jewish Community.
One or more in-person, Kaleidoscope Master Teachers to travel to your organization and facilitate the session
Writing exercises to guide participants to a place of connecting with their own identity
Video Workshop is appropriate for teens (+13) and adults