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January 2023

Davar Acher: Pedagogy of Multi-Stories

Cantor Rabbi Robert Jury
Founder & Clinical Director
Tikvah Center for Jewish Recovery & Healing
Davar Acher as a Jewish pedagogy of multi-stories

Davar Acher is a Jewish pedagogy of wellbeing designed for use in learning activities that center around identity conversations. Davar Acher is not a Jewish pedagogy of wellbeing that addresses conflict and listening. Davar Acher is a pedagogy of multi-stories. When competition and conflict is not the focus of identity conversations, Davar Acher can be used to make explicit the implicit presence of multiple stories that come from our lived experiences. Creating space to make visible to multiple stories engaged in identity conversations can help to address wellbeing in identity conversations and to clarify if a statement in a conversation is related to the specific context of the topic being discussed or if it is related to a different connection to the topic in a context that is not specifically being discussed.

Cantor Rabbi Rob Jury is a Jewish educator and therapist with expertise in Jewish-attuned therapy. As the Clinical Director of the Tikvah Center for Jewish Recovery and Healing, Rob educates and supervises allied mental health professionals in integrated Jewish therapy. Rob has a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MA in Counseling from Northwestern University, a Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work from the University of Melbourne, ordination as rabbi from Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf, commission as cantor from the Cantors Assembly, and is a doctoral candidate in counselor education and supervision from Northern Illinois University. Rob is also a licensed professional counselor, a certified reciprocal alcohol and drug counselor, and a board-certified chaplain.


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