Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Our Families and Changing the World with Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone

Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Our Families and Changing the World with Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone

February 9, 2020, All Day
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817

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Combining Jewish wisdom texts, neuroscience, and teachings from the field of Jungian psychology, Rabbi Dr. Firestone will demonstrate how personal life-riddles often originate in our ancestral legacies, and how we can transform their seemingly impenetrable mysteries into usable meaning.


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Please register for the day and / or purchase your catered lunch.


The past does not simply disappear. The rich cultural wisdom of our ancestors, as well as their wounds, intertwine within us to form the patterns of who we are and who we are becoming.  Our Torah teaches many stories of human trauma, healing and resilience.  This sacred mythology illuminates our own real-life experiences with trauma, experiences which touch all of us in unique ways.  When family members suffer traumas—such as war, terror, discrimination, displacement, mental illness, or early death—painful patterns can get frozen in time, passing to members of the next generations. But we can transform past scars into strengths, and wounds into wisdom! Join Reb Tirzah for text study, healing ritual, meditation, study, and healing self-care.

While this work is based in Jewish source teachings, it is open to people of all ethnic and faith backgrounds. This is a full-day retreat.  



  • 8:30-9:30 AM  Concurrent options: yoga, meditation – choose one
  • 9:30-10:00 AM  Light Breakfast for morning practitioners
  • 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM  Jewish text study and discussion: exploring family legacy through Jewish texts, guided meditation and personal genogram construction
  • 12:30 – 1:15 PM  Lunch (payment required, or you may bring your own dairy/vegetarian lunch)
  • 1:30 – 5:00 PM  Experiential workshop: Intergenerational Healing Through Jewish Ritual

This program is lovingly underwritten by the Adrienne Kohn Fund for Spiritual Growth at Adat Shalom.


An opportunity to purchase signed copies of Reb Tirzah’s book Wounds Into Wisdom will be available on February 9.  https://www.tirzahfirestone.com/woundsintowisdom

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