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Poetry and Writing our Jewish Lineage (Spring 2021)
Who do we come from, what did their voices sound like? How did they argue, or love? What did a joke feel like in Yiddish, Arabic, or Russian?
A growing body of contemporary Jewish poetry imagines its way into the worlds of our recent ancestors. A girl transported from Poland to Quebec, whose granddaughter grows up at the family motel in Ohio… A father who escaped Iraq over the mountains to Iran, to Israel, to Michigan… Odessa remembered, blending into myth, by a poet whose family fled to the US after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Many Jews have come to this continent for harbor or opportunity in the last hundred years. In the process of becoming “American” much of their prior lives have been eroded, hidden, or lost. Poetry offers us a means to investigate, recover, and bring alive our lineages.
In each session, we will read contemporary Jewish poems along these lines. Open-ended writing prompts will invite you to imagine (or invent) the worlds of your ancestors. Writing will happen during class sessions (no homework assigned) and there will be chances to share your work if you choose.
Co-Presented by Poetry Flash & Congregation Netivot Shalom
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- Wednesday, 04/28/2021 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
- Wednesday, 05/05/2021 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
- Wednesday, 05/12/2021 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
- Wednesday, 05/19/2021 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
- Wednesday, 05/26/2021 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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