Merissa Nathan Gerson will present a workshop on Inherited Trauma at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Congregation Beth Evergreen.
Do the histories that precede us impact our lives? Do we carry that history, and if so, in what way? This workshop looks at the inheritance of trauma and memory, what it means for the surviving generations of ward and violence, and what it means to move forward with this information. This talk addresses trauma from the medical, scientific, therapeutic and spiritual perspectives. Think of it as trauma 101 – how to understand it, how to remedy it, and how to prevent repeat trauma.
Gerson is a freelance writer based on Martha’s Vineyard. Her writing has appeared in Tablet, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Lilith, Playboy and other major publications. She holds a master’s in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She was the inherited trauma consultant to the Amazon show Transparent and gives talks on the subject nationwide.