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THE GOLDEN DOOR?
The Golden Door is a new organization, based in Baltimore, and dedicated to storytelling, social justice, education and community.
The Golden Door: Storytelling for Social Justice brings storytelling into the classroom to create safe, encouraging, and equitable classroom communities. The Golden Door works directly with students and trains middle school and high school teachers in storytelling, coaching, and facilitation. Committees include: Immigration and Refugees, Holocaust Education, and Women’s Rights
The Golden Door founder and director, Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff, works with Omari Jeremiah, a para-educator and mediator at Baltimore City Public Schools, as part of the initial program of The Golden Door. Mrs. Zunikoff and Mr. Jeremiah are working together with ESOL (English as a Second Language) teacher Mr. Soylu at Margaret Brent Elementary and Middle school, teaching storytelling skills to middle school students. Students from Honduras, El Salvador, France, and China, are telling stories of their hometowns, incorporating adjectives into their descriptions. The project will continue throughout May 2015, and continue in the Fall.
Senai Obang (shown here with his son, Menwa) is a member of the Anuak people from the Gambella region of Ethiopia. Mrs. Zunikoff is coaching him as he tells stories about his experience in his homeland, at a refugee camp in Kenya, and as an immigrant to the United States. He has shared his story with other immigrants and for college students in Baltimore.
Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff is the founder and director of The Golden Door. She is a storyteller, poet, educator, facilitator, and coach. Jennifer directs the Storyteller Teaching Training project at Krieger Schechter Day School. She also performs and teaches at schools, camps, synagogues, and for community organizations.
From 2004-2013, Jennifer co-taught the Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors course at Goucher College. After coaching more than 100 students throughout this course, she continuesto coach alumni as they perform for schools, organizations and community events. From 2009-2012, Jennifer facilitated the Student Immigrant Stories project at Patterson HighSchool in Baltimore City. Throughout the SIS project, sponsored by the Jewish Museum of Maryland,Jennifer taught ESOL students how to tell stories about their immigration experience. Jennifer’sSIS students performed at the Visionary Arts Museum, the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore HebrewCongregation, St. Mark’s on the Hill Church, and for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Committee’s conference.
Jennifer’s short stories are published in two books and her poetry is published in both print andon-line publications. Her CD of children’s stories, The Growing Season, was commissioned by theMacks Center for Jewish Education.