Ongoing Lamentations: An Exploration of the Psychological Impact of Displacement – Tish’ah b’Av program on August 10


Please join us on Saturday, August 10 at 8:00 PM in the Charry Sanctuary. Tish’ah b’Av commemorates the destruction of the temples and the mass displacement of our ancestors. As we know, this was far from the last time our people would experience mass displacement and bear the weight of ensuing collective trauma. As human beings we are story-telling animals. We make meaning of our lives and our personal and collective traumas through our ability to tell our stories. Tisha B’Av and the reading of Eicha are an example of a uniquely Jewish way of telling and re-telling the origin story of the trauma of our peoples displacement. Out of the millennia of telling this story we may find openings for deeper understandings of ourselves and our collective history. Visiting speakers Mark Davidson and Dr. Adina Davidson will guide us in an exploration of our people’s history of displacement, the poetic rendering of trauma presented in Eicha (the book we traditionally read on Tish’ah b’Av), and a Jungian understanding of the impact of displacement trauma on the self. Together, we will mark displacements that we have experienced, that we carry, and that we witness in our lives today.

Service and reading of Eicha (Lamentations) following the program.

Dr. Adina Davidson graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1993. She has been in private practice as a family therapist since 1995 as well as working with foster children, leading parenting groups for formerly incarcerated parents and serving as Clinical Services Director for the Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center. This past June she completed her studies to become a Jungian analyst, adding a  focus on work with unconscious processes and how they impact healing from trauma.

Mark Davidson is a Jewish educator and non-profit program manager from Shaker Heights, Ohio. He recently served as Jewish Life Coordinator at Temple Knesseth Israel in Wooster, Ohio and is teaching a course on the Holocaust at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike, Ohio. He previously worked at Manager of School & Family Programs at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and as Family Education Director at The Mandel School, both in Beachwood, Ohio.