From Fear to Faith: Exile, Return and Rebellion

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From Fear to Faith: Exile, Return and Rebellion

Time: October 13, 2013 from 1pm to 5:30pm
Location: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Street: 3200 California Street
City/Town: San Francisco
Website or Map: http://acrosscultures.eventbr…
Event Type: performance, &, panel
Organized By: Co-presented by the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
Latest Activity: Sep 23, 2013

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Guest Performer: David Gerbi

Panelists: Joan Chodorow, PhD; D. Steven Nouriani, PhD; Tom Singer, MD; Mario Starc, PhD; Tina Stromsted, PhD; and Steve Zemmelman, MSW, PhD

In “Refugee, Rebel, Peacebuilder,” Gerbi tells his story: a Libyan Jew who, at 12 years old, was forced into exile along with the rest of the Jewish community that had resided in Libya for 2000 years. During the revolution of 2011, he returned to Libya and took part in the provisional government, began restoration of the ancient synagogue, and assisted victims of psychological trauma. Dr. Gerbi, a Jungian analyst living in Rome and Israel, wrote and directed this one man show to connect his own struggle, the fate of Libya, and audiences around the world. Previously performed in South Africa and Italy, this will be the first performance in the United States.

The struggle for basic human rights is universal yet everywhere the path to them passes through unique intersections of personal identity and historical circumstance. Dr. David Gerbi’s individual struggle for freedom and belonging in present day Libya is a compelling narrative that informs us about his own psychological journey, the trials of the region, and ultimately the hopes and needs of people everywhere.

The performance will serve as an introduction to a deeper exploration of the psychological dimensions of culture, exile, immigration, and political context, presented by a panel of Jungian analysts including Joan Chodorow, PhD, D. Steven Nouriani, PhD, Tom Singer, MD, and Tina Stromsted, PhD, along with analyst candidate Mario Starc, PhD. Dr. Steve Zemmelman will moderate the discussion.

The afternoon concludes with a wine and cheese reception.

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2.5 Continuing Education Credits Approved for MD, PhD, LCSW, MFT & RN

The Jung Institute of San Francisco is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Jung Institute of San Francisco takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are offered for this event.

Dr. David Gerbi is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Rome (LIRPA), Israel (IIJP), and is a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). During the 2011 Libyan Revolution he served as the World Organization of Libyan Jews’ representative to the Libyan National Transitional Council. In 2004, he was a Witness for Peace for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Rome and in 2007 was nominated by UNHCR as Ambassador for Peace in South Africa.


Photo: David Gerbi as he knocks down a wall blocking the door to the main synagogue in Tripoli, Libya

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