Hope into Practice, Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears
You’ll hear about and from the book, engage in lively discussion, enjoy wonderful music with Debbie Fier and Shira Kammen, and sample taste treats – and Penny will gladly sign your book!
“Thank you” is what I thought I was supposed to say when told that I didn’t “look Jewish.” What will make it irresistible for Jewish women to free ourselves of internalized anti-Semitism, expanding our sense of possibility? Hope into Practice responds with a rare blend of healing stories, fascinating history, and a fair-minded perspective on Israel-Palestine–asking us to love ourselves enough to face our fears without acting on them. Anchored in Jewish ethical tradition and community, it’s an activist’s call to repair the world. And it includes an action-oriented Reader’s Guide, for groups or individuals.
(Also, the book includes quotes from Rabbi David and other congregants, references to Kehilla, plus a photo of Talia Cooper in front of the Sukkah at Occupy Oakland!)
This event is sponsored by Kehilla Synagogue, co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace.
About Hope into Practice:
When I first read the Table of Contents, I was surprised to feel tears arise: tears of need, hunger, yearning, promise. Penny’s book is filled with wild, truthful, and exuberant voices, you can feel their spirits in their words.
—Rabbi Margaret Holub
A wonderful, gutsy, and inspiring book. Penny Rosenwasser takes on the most explosive issues in American Jewish life today—racism and anti-Semitism, victimization and privilege, and Jewish politics around Israel and Palestine–and she does it with a generosity of spirit and a clear head. A vision of a progressive Jewishness for a multicultural 21st century comes through proud and clear.
—Karen Brodkin, author, How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America
The Jewish women you’ll meet in this book will inspire you, make you laugh, and challenge you to be more fierce. This is a book about liberation from our narrow places and the power to change the world. No matter who you are, you’ll learn something new about being human.
—Noah T. Winer, Co-founder, MoveOn.org; & Board member, Jewish Voice for Peace
Based on the bold assumption that communal and individual healing is integral to justice work, Hope into Practice allows readers to reflect on their own struggles with Jewish identity, queerness, and ethical commitment in order to imagine a better future. A must-read for all Jewish feminists!
—Alainya Kavaloski—Jewish Caucus Chair, National Women’s Studies Association
A powerful tool for today’s Jewish organizers and activists. Rosenwasser challenges us to ask what Jewishness could be without suffering or victimhood—questions asked with joy, not shame.
—Marjorie Dove Kent, Executive Director, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
Penny Rosenwasser is a life-long heartfelt rabble-rouser for justice – and also the author of Visionary Voices, Women on Power: Conversations with shamans, activists, teachers, artists and healers, and Voices from a ‘Promised Land:’ Palestinian & Israeli peace activists speak their hearts. She earned her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Transformational Learning & Change. She’s also former Jewish Caucus Chair of the National Women’s Studies Association and a founding board member of Jewish Voice for Peace, and she teaches an Anti-Semitism/Anti-Arabism class with a Palestinian colleague at the City College of San Francisco.
The event will be held in the Social Hall at Kehilla.
For more info, and/or to order your book ahead of time: www.PennyRosenwasser.com.