PLANTATION, Fla. – Ramat Shalom Synagogue is bringing The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness traveling exhibition to South Florida August 22-29 for its only Florida stop, and hosting a series of workshops that explore themes of forgiveness in the days leading up to the Jewish holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Admission is free and open to the public.

“With the focus on forgiveness in the weeks leading up to the Jewish holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, which begin in mid-September, we are supposed to be thinking about the various people in our lives that we need to forgive and we need to apologize to,” said Rabbi Andrew Jacobs, spiritual leader of Ramat Shalom Synagogue in Plantation. “The F Word is a thought provoking and universal exploration of forgiveness that we are grateful to be able to host and make available to our South Florida community.”

The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness exhibition features a curated collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity. First launched in London in 2004, it has since been displayed in more than 550 venues worldwide. Drawing together voices from various countries, the exhibition examines forgiveness as a healing process, a path out of victimhood and, ultimately, a journey of hope. The exhibit was created by The Forgiveness Project, an award-winning, secular organization that collects and shares real stories of forgiveness to build understanding, encourage reflection and enable people to reconcile with pain and move forward from the trauma in their own lives.

Workshops are scheduled for Sunday, August 26, 9:30 a.m., and Wednesday, August 29, 7 p.m. A Selichot service, a special pre-High Holiday reflective gathering, is scheduled for Saturday, September 1, 7:30 p.m., and will feature Nautilus Book Awards winner and author of Notice of Release: A Daughter’s Journey to Forgive her Mother’s Killer, Stephanie Cassatly. Ms. Cassatly’s book documents her incredible healing journey to forgive the man who murdered her mother.

Admission to the exhibit, associated workshops and the Selichot service is free and open to the public. Please call 954-472-3600 for general exhibition hours, or visit www.RamatShalom.org. Ramat Shalom Synagogue is located at 11301 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation.

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