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Scholar In Residence

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Scholar In Residence: Marcus J Freed
Friday, July 28th, 2017 - Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Read below for information about all of the weekend's activities and interactive performances!

Marcus is an actor, spiritual teacher, & award-winning author. Originally from England, Marcus has performed his one-man Biblical plays in 20 countries, broadcast on BBC National Radio and now lives in Los Angeles and spent two decades finding ways to combine Jewish spirituality with creativity. He has degrees in Drama & English Literature (BA & MA), Rabbinic training (Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim), two Yoga Teacher Training certificates (Tripsichore Yoga Theatre & The School of Purna Yoga) & is a certified business coach.

Marcus has published three books, The Kosher Sutras - The Jewish Way in Yoga & Meditation, The Kabbalah Sutras - 49 Steps to Enlightenment & The Festive Sutras - A Yogi's Guide to Shabbat & Festivals. Marcus trained with the Midrash Institute in Philadelphia to learn Peter Pitzele's 'Bibliodrama' method and has since combined this with his other dramatic trainings, that have taken place in the UK, Israel & USA. To discover more, you can sign up for Marcus's teachings at www.marcusjfreed.com, see his books on Amazon or enjoy his many videos on Youtube.



Pre-Shabbat Yoga led by Marcus Freed
Friday, July 28
Marcus will lead us in a yoga session, setting the intention for a mindful and restful Shabbat. No prior yoga experience necessary, and open to all ages. Marcus will also be a part of Erev Shabbat services at 7pm providing an introduction to the art of bibliodrama. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Torah Study: Bibliodrama
Saturday, July 29 from 9:00am - 10:00am
Marcus Freed will provide an interactive Bibliodrama performance on the Torah portion of the week in lieu of our traditional Torah Study. Everyone is welcome for this unique opportunity! Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Bibliodrama Training
Learn from Marcus, make the Torah come alive as we experience our lives reflected in our sacred text!

Don't forget to RSVP for the trainings!

Training, Part One: Saturday, July 29 from 10am-1:30pm
This session will give an overview and introduction to the principles of Bibliodrama. We will start looking at the Torah texts for Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur. This training will be experiential in nature and will lay the foundation for engaging in Bibliodrama.

Training, Part Two: Sunday, July 30 from 9am-1pm
This second day will review key principles, introduce more Bibliodrama techniques (including developing your own style), and deepen your learning.

During this engaging course you will learn:
- How to bring a Biblical passage to life through drama
- How to get people ‘out of their shell’
- How to improve your presentation, teaching, and communication style
- Drama techniques that can be used in synagogue or community setting
- How to structure basic Bibliodrama sessions
- How to lead short evaluations
- How to be a better facilitator
- How to get prepped for the High Holydays.

All participants, in small "troupes" will create and practice mini-Bibliodrama sessions that you will lead during one of Temple Beth Shalom's Contemporary and/or Family Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur services!

No prior acting or performance experience is needed. Enthusiasm is recommended!

Trainings are intended for ages 13-120. *If your pre-b'nai mitzvah son/daughter is interested in this training, please contact Rabbi Cohen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss their eligibility to participate.

Light Snacks will be provided.

This program is free to all members of Temple Beth Shalom - all we ask for is a two-day commitment so that you can enjoy all of the training & be part of our special cadre of Interactive Educators!

For more questions please contact our Clergy Assistant, Marissa Wright: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Solomon: King, Poet, Lover: A Tale of One Man & 700 Wives
Saturday, July 29 at 7:00pm
Marcus Freed performs a hilarious Biblical Comedy that takes you on a funny & fast-paced roller-coaster ride through the life of King Solomon. We meet Solomon as he tries to open the Temple, publish astonishing books of wisdom, experience every delicacy on earth... and satisfy his 700 wives. Marcus plays the King, 700 wives, 300 concubines & Court Eunuch. The one-hour performance is witty, engaging & thought-provoking.

More information and a preview trailer for the play can be found at: www.bethshalomaustin.org/solomonplay