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David Gerbi - Istituto Italiano di Cultura di San Francisco - 13 Ottobre 2013

gerbi-san-francisco-2013This performance by Dr David Gerbi, shown for the first time in the United States, will serve as an introduction to a deeper exploration of the psychological dimensions of culture, exile, immigration, and political context, presented by a panel of Jungian analysts and followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Dr Gerbi, a Jungian analyst himself, is a Libyan Jew who, at 12 years old, was forced into exile along with the rest of the Jewish community that had resided in Libya for 2000 years. During the revolution of 2011, he returned to Libya and took part in the provisional government, began restoration of the ancient synagogue, and assisted victims of psychological trauma.

1 - 5 PM: Performance and Panel; 5 - 5:30 PM: Reception.

Venue: The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St., San Francisco.


David Gerbi - Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles - 23 Ottobre 2013

gerbi-los-angeles-2013After 2,000 years of existence in Libya, the Jewish community was exiled, following the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. At that time David Gerbi was twelve years old. He internalized the lessons of helplessness, as most refugees do, but eventually, fate and his own determination drove him to take action. As an adult he went to Libya during the revolution, where he worked with victims of psychological trauma. He returned to Tripoli, with the intention of restoring the main Jewish synagogue, which had been desecrated and bricked up since the expulsion of the Jews. Although he has had his life threatened numerous times, he continues to this day to reconcile the exiled Libyan Jewish Community with the new government of Libya. Along the way he has met Muammar Ghaddafi, American congressmen and a Nobel Laureate. His story is an astonishing journey of hope and healing as he continues to work towards creating a sacred space in the midst of volatility and repression.


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