ID Festivaleröffnung: Shabbat Olam haBah – An Immersive Shabbat Experience
Shabbat is a break from society, allowing for a critical distance as well as a replenishing of the self. It functions as a weekly re-adjuster, that constantly reinvigorates human life, reminding Shabbat experiencers of their transformative, progressive role in society as a whole by actively experiencing a foretaste of utopia. We still do not live in utopia, and we can only taste it, hoping to return to society, slightly improved, slightly closer to human values and enthusiastic to transform the world. Olam haBah or the World to Come has been interpreted in many ways, from a mystical timeless transcendent space to an actual material future that is within our capability to shape and create. SHIUR is a Berlin based project dedicated to text and experience oriented events. For the festival, SHIUR presents an immersive, multi-sensory Shabbat experience oriented towards giving a textured foretaste of Olam haBah. You can find the festival ticket here: http://bit.ly/IDFestival2018 Micki Weinberg graduated with a Bachelor degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. He pursued graduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he focused on biblical literature and also studied the Talmud at the Mir Yeshiva. Weinberg has written essays and articles exploring German-Jewish relations and Jewish identity in post-war Germany. Weinberg has produced avant-garde cabaret in Berlin and has written and directed the short film "I Hear the Synth in East Berlin". "Makembo!" was Weinberg's first stage play. It premiered in ID Festival Berlin in 2016. Weinberg has been leading text based study groups in Berlin and other cities since 2011. In 2018, he modified the program to become SHIUR, an international, Berlin based project dedicated to text and experience oriented events.