16 2023

Tikkun Olam and Environmental Storytelling in The Dreamcatcher Codes

6:45PM - 7:45PM  

VIRTUAL Program Jewish Federation of the Berkshires 196 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contact Rabbi Daveen Litwin

Virtual program.  Please register HERE.

Join  Barbara Newman and Sadie Honig-Briggs for a timely Tu B’Shevat conversation on the topics of climate change, building cultural bridges, and girls finding their voices and vital place in the world.

Author Barbara Newman didn't know when she began writing The Dreamcatcher Codes that two themes would rise so prominently--- the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam and diversity in her characters. In the story, repairing the world is the calling; the urgent task for four fierce girls as they come together to restore Mother Earth. One of the girls is Jewish. She teaches the others about the Tree of Life, and the Hebrew words and symbols that come through ancient "codes." She opens her heart and builds a bridge between herself and Maia, her Lakota "sister." Their threads of connection are strengthened when they talk about the genocides of Jewish and indigenous tribes, the intergenerational wounds, their ancestors, and the Holocaust. 

Barbara will be joined in conversation with Sadie Honig-Briggs, a freshman at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Sadie has always loved anything to do with the arts, so in her free time, she loves to act in school productions, write short stories and poetry, or sing very loudly in the car with her siblings. As of this year, she also runs cross country…a surprising turn of events that she actually enjoys very much. Sadie is also very interested in activism and wants to use her passion for the arts to help fuel social justice. 

To purchase the book click here and a portion of the cost will support The Bookstore in Lenox.