Vered Hankin, published author and internationally acclaimed storyteller, has been a featured performer in theaters, schools, universities, radio, film and television. She has been named "the leading storyteller of her generation" (The Jewish Week). Vered has written two books on stories and emotional intelligence, The Talking Treasure and Sparks of Creation. Her CD recording,
The Day the Rabbi Disappeared: Jewish Holiday Tales of Magic," based on The National Jewish Book Award winning collection by Howard Schwartz, features a full musical score by Bruce Ditmas, who has toured with Barbra Streisand, and is produced by Broadway Producer Shari Upbin. The CD received the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Film Advisory Board, as well as The Gold Award from NAPPA (National Association of Parenting Publication Awards). In addition, Vered joined celebrities Jerry Stiller, Leonard Nimoy and Henry Winkler in an internationally aired radio show and audio CD of children's folktales, "One People: Many Stories."
Having spent the first ten years of her life in Israel, Vered then spent the rest of her childhood in Kansas City before moving to New York for eight years. Her scholarly interests include exploring the healing power of Jewish folklore through City University of New York's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Specializing in Clinical Health Psychology, she is currently a fellow at the Chicago Center for Family Health. She has trained extensively in Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at University of Massachusetts' Center for Mindfulness and is currently conducting research in MBSR and its effect on couples dealing with a diagnosis of MS. Vered is founder and president of MBSRChicago.
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