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I am Here; Hear Me Bark: Comedy, Disability, and the Inclusive Synagogue
Pamela Schuller, URJ Regional Director of Youth Engagement & Inclusion Specialist / Comedian
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What do Judaism and improv have in common? Turns out lessons from both can help us build more inclusive communities.
Themes: Community  Arts & Culture  
DATE POSTED:  08-05-2015 MORE ABOUT THE TALK

Pamela Schuller's case of Tourette's syndrome almost forced her out of the Jewish community completely. But a few lessons from Moses and improv comedy helped turn things around. In this personal, uprorious talk, Pamela shares her story and an important perspective on the role of difference.

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What do Judaism and improv have in common? Turns out lessons from both can help us build more inclusive communities.
ABOUT THE TALK

Pamela Schuller's case of Tourette's syndrome almost forced her out of the Jewish community completely. But a few lessons from Moses and improv comedy helped turn things around. In this personal, uprorious talk, Pamela shares her story and an important perspective on the role of difference.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Pamela Schuller is a nationally known inclusion advocate. Her extraordinary personal story of growing up with the most severe case of Tourette Syndrome in the country, and turning that challenge into professional and personal success, is engaging, funny, a little bit heartwrenching, and deeply meaningful. Pamela holds a BA in Psychology and Youth Outreach Through the Arts from Knox College, and an MA in Child Advocacy and Policy from Montclair State University, where she focused her studies on creating improvisational theater programs as a tool for youth with disabilities to improve self-advocacy skills. Pamela works as Regional Director of Youth Engagement for the Union for Reform Judaism and is also a stand-up comedian, probably because she sees the world from a different point of view: one where eye-level is four-foot-seven and barking without provocation is a completely normal and entertaining part of her day. Pamela embraces what makes herself unique while challenging communities to view inclusion differently. You can learn more at www.StandUpInclusion.com

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Pamela Schuller is a nationally known inclusion advocate. Her extraordinary personal story of growing up with the most severe case of Tourette Syndrome in the country, and turning that challenge into professional and personal success, is engaging, funny, a little bit heartwrenching, and deeply meaningful. Pamela holds a BA in Psychology and Youth Outreach Through the Arts from Knox College, and an MA in Child Advocacy and Policy from Montclair State University, where she focused her studies on creating improvisational theater programs as a tool for youth with disabilities to improve self-advocacy skills. Pamela works as Regional Director of Youth Engagement for the Union for Reform Judaism and is also a stand-up comedian, probably because she sees the world from a different point of view: one where eye-level is four-foot-seven and barking without provocation is a completely normal and entertaining part of her day. Pamela embraces what makes herself unique while challenging communities to view inclusion differently. You can learn more at www.StandUpInclusion.com

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