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Changing the Way We Read the Bible: A Converstation with Peter Pitzele

Hosted By: Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

Join us for a conversation between Rabbi Elie Spitz and Peter Pitzele, the father of Bibliodrama.

Called Bibliolog in much of Europe, Bibliodrama is a form of role playing or improvisational theatre using Bible stories. It can take place in any group with an interest in the Bible: synagogues, churches, seminaries, study groups, etc. In Bibliodrama the director reads through the selected text, stopping at points of interest to invite participants to step into the role of a character, or even sometimes of an object, and give it voice.

Deriving from the Jewish tradition of midrash, Bibliodrama explores the unspoken in the lives of the characters, the “back story” or “subtext” in the written narrative, even the spaces between the words, to bring the Bible alive. Bibliodrama honors the written text and never contradicts the biblical account, though it deeply explores and challenges biblical meaning. It becomes a window into the Bible and at the same time becomes a mirror in which participants can recognize parts of themselves.

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Peter Pitzele

Peter Pitzele has taught Bibliodrama to rabbis, scholars, educators, pastors, priests, lay-people, performers, and families. It has aided community building and healing, served inter-religious dialogue, deepened the relationship of individuals to the biblical traditions, and has, for thousands of people, opened new insights into ancient sources.  With a Ph.D from Harvard University, Peter was a literature teacher for a number of years and later became trained in improvisational drama. For seventeen years he was Director of Psychodrama Services at Four Winds Hospital, in Katonah, New York. Through his involvement with Jewish and Christian communities and seminaries, Peter and his wife, Susan, developed Bibliodrama, a form of biblical investigation and play, now recognized as a principal methodology in the field of contemporary midrash. He has shared his work as a scholar/artist at hundreds of congregations in the United States, Europe, and Israel. He was for many years an adjunct faculty member of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary, Dean of Faculty of Storahtelling, Workshop Director for the intergenerational theater company Roots&Branches, and Faculty Member at Large for Institute for Contemporary Midrash. Peter has written many articles and two books: Our Fathers’ Wells: A Personal Encounter with the Myths of Genesis, published by Harper San Francisco and Scripture Windows: Towards a Practice of Bibliodrama, runner-up for the best book in Jewish Education, l998, published by Torah Aura. 
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Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz

Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz approaches the familiar in unfamiliar ways. A spiritual leader and scholar specializing in topics of spirituality and Judaism, he teaches, writes and speaks to a wide range of audiences. He has served as the rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin, California, for over three decades and served as member of the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Law and Standards for twenty years. Rabbi Spitz is author of Healing from Despair: Choosing Wholeness in a Broken World; Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose and Increasing Wholeness: Jewish Wisdom and Guided Meditations to Strengthen and Calm Body, Heart, Mind and Spirit (all Jewish Lights) and many articles dealing with spirituality and Jewish law. Rabbi Spitz spent the past 17 months teaching the Psalms with half-hour presentations for each Psalm (recently completing all 150 Psalms!).
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Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

The Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (“CSP”) is a program offering adult Jewish education and family Jewish celebrations.
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