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Davidson students Get up and Stand up with Jon Adam Ross (JAR)

Posted by Mark on February 2, 2012 at 8:40 PM

On Monday, January 30th Davidson students were treated to a learning session full of stories, music, gestures, costumes and humor. We didn't go to the theater or to the drama-activity at camp, rather, we created those experiences right here at JTS.

Jon Adam Ross, better known as JAR, facilitated a session, "Get up, Stand up, Jewish Experiential Education through Artistic Expression," where he both modeled techniques and engaged with the students in activities that aimed to provide meaning and accessibility to Jewish content, including Biblical stories and Prayer. Among the activities, current and prospective students, along with Davidson Faculty Dr. Jeff Kress, performed a series of gestures the group created that, ultimately, imitated and connected students to the prayers and rituals of the Amidah.

JAR (above) is an actor, playright, and Jewish experiential educator, working severals at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, directing their Theater program. He is also a founding member of Storahtelling, and performs his two one-man shows regularly, including "Walking in Memphis," which he has performed for Jewish educational audiences throughout the country. We were thrilled to have our students learn from his talents, insights and energy.

Categories: Day School Teaching, Jewish Experiential Education, Synagogue Educational Leadership

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