Limmud Michigan 2020 - March 22, 2020
The Student Center at Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan
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Sunday, March 22 • 4:20pm - 5:15pm
“I am the only chosen person in this room!” Declarations and Detours of a life lived in Non-Jewish Spaces

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How does living, creating and working in mostly a non-Jewish world define or redefine your Jewish identity? Do you retreat? Become more visible? An Advocate? Detractor? Consummate educator?  What if you are the only Jew in the room, is it possible for you to just represent self, or by default end up representing the entirety of the Jewish people? And can just being and living among non-Jews be a type of inoculation to antisemitism or hatred of a people?  Through the use of autoethnographic performance and improvisation, this session will tell a story or two of how working and living outside of a Jewish community may actually be a more potent pathway to being or becoming ‘more’ Jewish.

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Jessica 'Decky' Alexander

Professor, Director, Eastern Michigan University
Jessica "€˜Decky"€™ Alexander is a professor of applied theatre, and Director of Engage@EMU, an office that fosters University & Community collaboration. In her work, Decky uses the medium of performance to give voice to people & communities.

Sunday March 22, 2020 4:20pm - 5:15pm EDT