Queer Jews Feeling Sad & Confused About Israel, Wednesday 12/27, 6:00 ($9.50/$18/$36)
We will be unpacking the affects the war in Gaza has had on our communities here.
Many of us are tuned into broader social justice movements, particularly as performed online. Activists who we’ve learned from for years advocate against Israel, and many of them, fall into antisemitic tropes, either knowingly or unknowingly. We’re going to get together and talk about this phenomenon using a resource guide that explains how and where antisemitism on the left comes from, and what we can do to combat it, while staying true to our values.
This won’t be a space in which we discuss actual happenings in Israel and Gaza, rather it will be one where we can process what it is doing to us as American Jews in Queer (i.e. progressive) communities. If folks outside of the queer community want to participate, let me know and I will facilitate.
Sweatpants Season: Making it Through the Back Half of Winter 1/10, 24 & 2/7, 6pm PST ($30/$40/$50)
In October & November a small group came together every other Wednesday night to explore living with seasonal intention in a course I called “Sweater Weather.” The title conjures up images of sitting by crackling fires, mugs of steaming beverages warming both hands, and feline smiles of satisfaction at the coziness of it all. It was a safe and sweet space where we learned with and from one another’s experiences of Fall.
But Winter marches on, and as the holiday season passes, things become less festive. Come February we are securely in Sweatpants Season, when looking cute is no longer a consideration, the weather too becomes less cute and we just need to make it through. We’re going to gather three times in January and February to learn about and plan for it in community. I’ll bring an anchoring text to guide our conversations and we will learn from each other as we set and share intentions for the less-charming back-half of winter.
Rosh Chodesh for Every Body, Sunday 1/14, 3:30pst ($9.50/$18/$36)
A Rosh Chodesh practice can make us more aware of the subtle changes in the world around us, and within us. Marking each new moon creates an awareness of the micro-seasons that we get to experience here on planet earth. Doing so together helps us gather wisdom from nature, Jewish tradition, and each other. Traditionally, Rosh Chodesh has been considered a “women’s holiday”, but it has much wisdom to share with every body.
The New Moon of the Hebrew month Sh’vat is on January 11th. The following Sunday, January 14th, we will gather online to welcome it, learn about it, and share some intentions for moving through it. Regardless of your gender, or lack thereof, you are invited, and I hope to see you there.