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Janet Goldblatt Holmes, a participant in "The Stories We Tell," Writing Workshop. | Photo: Patricia Evans
Healing the world, one story at a time: Our Jewish Women’s Foundation-supported writing workshop series.

The Hebrew phrase "Tikkun Olam" ("repair the world") has come to connote social action and the pursuit of justice. And creating a more activist and just world is what The Voices and Faces Project's two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of gender-based violence is all about. Thanks to the generous support of the Ellie Fund at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, we will be bringing two “Stories We Tell” writing workshops to the area: one in the fall of 2016 and the other in early January 2017. During each two-day workshop, participants will look back at major social movements and the role that storytelling played in creating them, while looking forward to creating change through their own testimonies. 
for details and a workshop application.

Thanks to the Ellie Fund at JWF, all accepted applicants will receive full, two-day scholarships.
Our JWF writing workshop and lecture series

Skokie, IL*

October 29-30, 2016
(applications due 10/7)
In partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Chicago, IL*

January 14-15, 2017
(applications due 12/16)
The University of Chicago
In partnership with the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention, and Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.

Skokie, IL

Stories of Survival and Hope:
Overcoming Sexual Violence
December 11, 2016
llinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Panelists: Anne K. Ream, The Voices and Faces Project, Polly Poskin, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Abuse & Angela Martinez, American Jewish World Service

* Supported by the Ellie Fund at the Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
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The Stories We Tell in JUF News.
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Anne K. Ream founded the Voices and Faces Project as a way to empower survivors of gender based violence. The project's writing workshop received a generous grant from the Ellie Fund at the Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.
Our signature writing program has been featured on Public Radio, in The Guardian and now in JUF News. In "Writing Their Stories, Reversing the Culture of Silence," journalist Abigail Pickus explores the power and purpose of our Voices and Faces Project program. Read the article here.
Have a story to tell? #TheStoriesWeTell.
Javier Otero
Javier Otero: Voices and Faces Project Digital Technology Director
To deepen the bonds developed during our "Stories We Tell" writing workshop, workshop co-founder R. Clifton Spargo and Voices and Faces Project team members Caity-Shae Violette and Javier Otero created #TheStoriesWeTell. Through our hashtag campaign we're sharing projects inspired by the writing workshop, introducing workshop alumni from various regions, and inviting the public into a conversation about ending gender-related violence through testimony and storytelling. Share your voice and your truth: include #TheStoriesWeTell in your next tweet.
Be inspired:
Meet the voices and faces behind The Voices and Faces Project.
be Inspired
Our work is inspired by one thing: the power of personal stories to create political change. We believe that testimony has the power to change minds, hearts and public policies. And we're always working to bring those stories to the attention of the public. Watch our video, "Silence is the Enemy of Change," to get a stronger sense of the beautiful and brave women at the heart of our work.
We can't do it without you:
Support our “Stories We Tell” Scholarship Fund.
Scholarship Fund
Find out more about giving the gift of change by donating to our workshop scholarship fund. Every $500 raised provides a full two-day scholarship for a survivor waiting to take part in our program.
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