Fall 2015: Expressing Our Book

eser young adult learning seriesEser is excited to introduce an innovative new learning opportunity this fall! Expressing Our Book: Creative Approaches to Jewish Text Study will take participants on a trip back in time to explore the iconic people and events of the Bible. 

The course will consist of two tracks, led by separate instructors at different locations. The bibliodrama track will use interactive dramatic exercises as a learning device, while the creative writing track will stress the written word and script development. No prior experience in drama or creative writing is necessary, just a willingness to explore!

Bibliodrama Track

What better way to understand, analyze and empathize with biblical characters than by stepping into their shoes? Bring the stories of our ancestors to life by turning scripture into script in this dynamic new experience of text study. Through the tools of theater and improvisation, we will fill in the gaps of the biblical narrative and consider new perspectives. Each session will dive into selected Jewish text through various interactive exercises. No previous experience necessary, just a willingness to explore!

Creative Writing Track

Journey back a couple of thousand years so that we can get to know our ancestors and learn more about ourselves. As we sail the choppy waters with Noah and the animals on the ark, joyfully dance with Miriam at the parting of the Red Sea and step into Moses’ sandals as he leads the way through the desert, we will find powerful connections to our lives today. After reading and discussing our protagonists' stories, we will write our own.