By Dalia Davis, The Akara Project
This year the world lost an icon in the Israeli music world, Arik Einstein (z”l). With his passion for social change and idealistic spirit he composed the well-known song Ani V’ata Neshaneh et Ha’olam (You and I will change the world). As my fellow PresenTense fellows and I looked to this song for inspiration in a seminar on Visioning, one line in particular jumped out at me. “Ani v’ata ne’naseh mehatchalah” (you and I will start at the beginning). As we progressed through the seminar and attempted dreaming, designing, and articulating our visions, it became very clear to me that my visions for The Akara Project are long range and riveting. With my suitcase full of plans for my venture, I am very much at the beginning of a journey. According to Einstein, a very appropriate place to start.
However, the beginning is not always the most comfortable and pleasant place. In this seminar, we characterized beginnings as Egypt—the place that one must leave in order to travel through the wilderness and arrive in the Promised Land. I see and hear this Egypt often. The other day I stood next to a woman struggling with infertility while another woman asked her advice about what to name the child she was carrying in her womb. Shortly thereafter, I was with another woman who has been trying to conceive for years and witnessed another woman ask her how long she’s been married, express surprise when hearing the high number, and go on to share with great pride that she bore three children in three years. These women are in Egypt. As long as we remain a community in which we cease to educate ourselves and our members towards a greater level of sensitivity, we are all in Egypt together. It is time to get out and begin our journey.
By Adena Blickstein, Jewish Women's Talent Agency
There is nothing more precious than the Jewish woman.
We have so much to say. We have so many faces, feel so many things, experience through our souls and see the world deeply. We are responsible for the values of our families and are the gatekeeper, the port of entry, to what can enter and to what is not allowed. We are the soft, protective, skin to our family’s bodies, bodies that grow minute by minute, day by day, and year by year. We build and maintain those bodies. They are the fruit of our labor. We are responsible for identifying illness and providing nutrition. We protect, nurture and guide. We are firm and strong willed. We are sensual. We are the core of existence. Life begins in us. We struggle, we cry, we give, we inspire, we hurt, we speak, we emanate peace.
I began Professional Women’s Theater in 2006 with this concept in mind although not fully articulated.
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