Inspiring growth and change through storytelling

Persuasive Storytelling

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Transformational storytelling is much more than telling folk tales; it is about enabling and encouraging change. The intersection between transformational and persuasive storytelling is explored.

Hasidic Stories

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Stories arising from the period of the Ba'al Shem Tov and his disciples are presented, discussed, and explored.

Guest

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One of two guest faculty sessions for the term. The particulars of the guest and the actual date will be made available at the beginning of the term.

Telling Challenging Stories

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In keeping with the Jewish value of challenging perceived problems, the art of telling stories that challenge the audience will be explored.

Studying Midrash

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Midrash is the traditional method of interpreting scripture through the use of narrative. The structure and format for a common form of Midrash - used by Jesus on many occasions - will be explored. The application of Midrash to other traditions will be discussed.

Guest: Tim Saka

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One of two guest faculty sessions for the term: Tim Saka, of the CNY Rise Center, representative of the Turkish Cultural Center.

Mysticism

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The rich heritage of Jewish mysticism, and its relation to other forms of mysticism, particularly Sufi.

Multi-Faith Perspectives

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An overview of the multitude of traditions that will be encountered in this program. The principles of multi-faith study and dialogue will be explained and experienced.

Ba’al Shem Tov

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Stories, theology, and history of this remarkable spiritual person. The founder of the Hasidic movement, but even more the movement to bring spirituality to the common person.

Fundamentals

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The fundamentals of transformational storytelling, its intersections with neuroplasticity and spirituality. The surprising value of multi-faith study in strengthening one's own system. An overview of the full program.