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Listening Circle

February 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Listening Circles with blue and turquoise circles and curves

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In these last months of violence and war, we have heard from many in our community processing deep feelings of pain, anger, fear, confusion, isolation and grief. Many have shared the desire to connect with others who are grappling with a similar set of challenges and concerns. We are offering these gatherings as a space to connect, to share our heartbreak and to explore tools for grounding and supporting ourselves in difficult times. 

Our time together will be centred around deep listening as well as grounding through song and mindfulness practice. It is our goal to counter isolation with connection, and to open towards hopefulness and healing. 

We do not presuppose any particular political orientations and affiliations. However, this is not a context for political debate or to advocate for specific political solutions. These gatherings have been organized by DJC members experienced in various counseling modalities and in guiding community conversations. We invite you to join us with open hearts and minds.

Dates:

Sunday, January 21 | 2:30 – 4:30 pm | Rafos Hall

Sunday, February 4 | 3-5 pm | Zoom

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30-9:30 pm | Zoom

Thursday, February 29 | 7-9 pm | Rafos Hall (310 Danforth Avenue)

The sign-up sheet February 21 & February 29 will allow us to book people into a listening circle, based on a first come, first-served basis.  Please only register up to four people per registration.


Q&A’s

What is a listening circle? 

A listening circle is a small group gathering, facilitated by DJC volunteers, where people can come together to share their feelings in a confidential format where everyone else is there to listen and to bear witness. It is not a forum for dialogue, debate, or the exchange of ideas.


Who will be facilitating the listening circles?

The facilitators will be members of our Danforth Jewish Circle community who have experience convening such gatherings and are skilled in holding space for sensitive conversations. Rabbi Glickman will be at each Listening Circle to frame the conversation.


Format:

Both in-person and online: We will begin with an opening circle and song. We will share communication guidelines that have been developed over time to support resilient listening, honest reflection rooted in our own experiences and the capacity to hold conflicting truths, even within ourselves. We will share responsibility for creating a safe space where everyone is held and can share with authenticity. We will have the opportunity to share and listen within small groups as well as in structured listening triads. No one will be forced or pressured to do or share anything that they are not comfortable with. We will close with a song and a mindfulness practice.


Space is limited. See the registration form for details. 

Why are we holding these listening circles?

In these last months of violence and war, we have heard from many in our community processing deep feelings of pain, anger, fear, confusion, isolation and grief. Many have shared the desire to connect with others who are grappling with a similar set of challenges and concerns. We are offering these gatherings as a space to connect, to share our heartbreak and to explore tools for grounding and supporting ourselves in difficult times. 

Our aim is to provide a space for community members to speak and listen without having to defend themselves or debate what they choose to share. We hope there can be some comfort and relief in expressing our feelings in community.

A listening circle is a profound and well-documented tool for communities to come together and listen and learn from one another. This is a pilot program to bring our community together to share during this time of violence and war. If there is great interest, we may offer more Listening Circles in the coming months.

What are the expectations of participants?

Join us with an open mind and open heart. Be prepared to sing a little, sit a little in quiet contemplation and to meet other DJC members who may be having similar or very different experiences to you at this moment. Be prepared to hold this contradiction. 


Everyone is requested to be on time and stay for the duration of the gathering, to the best of your ability. As we are creating a container and opening with communal intentions, it is not possible to admit latecomers.


These are interactive and participatory gatherings. For our online Listening Circles, please plan to keep your camera on during our time together, as much as you are able.

This is not a space to debate or argue. Anyone being combative will be asked to leave.

We kindly ask that all participants refrain from wearing clothing with slogans or bringing posters or flags into the space.

Details

Date:
February 29
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Danforth Jewish Circle
Phone
416-580-6303
Email
info@djctoronto.com
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Venue

Rafos/Cappuccino room
310 Danforth Ave
Toronto, ON M4K 1N6 Canada
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