Join Kehilla Community Synagogue
on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 4pm Pacific
for this live virtual event!

Thought leaders and activists Aurora Levins Morales, Naomi Ortiz and adrienne maree brown explore the core principles of sustainable activism – deeply rooted in the speakers’ own histories, community interdependence and disability justice. Aurora Levins Morales will join us live from the mountains of Puerto Rico and Naomi Ortiz live from New Mexico. adrienne maree brown will join us on recorded video.

How do we understand the difference between urgency and importance, between speed and hurry? How do we make our activism slow, deep, and irreversible? In the face of numerous economic, social and environmental crises, how can we tell we are doing enough, or even what enough means? In this Jewish Shmita year of rest and renewal, we invite you to join us as we do the vital work of building sustainability in ourselves and our movements for change over the long-term.


About the Speakers

Aurora Levins Morales is a Puerto Rican Ashkenazi writer and liberationist who lives with and learns from chronic illness and disability. She is the author of seven books and her writing is widely taught and translated. Kindling: Writings on the Body is an important Disability Justice text.  She is currently completing Rimonim, a collection of Jewish liberation liturgy poetry. She lives in Maricao, Puerto Rico where she writes and stewards 34 acres of rainforest. She has been part of the Kehilla community since the 1990s. You can learn about and support her work at her Patreon page.

Naomi Ortiz is a Poet, Writer, Facilitator, and Visual Artist whose intersectional work focuses on self-care for activists, disability justice, climate action, and relationship with place. Ortiz is the author of Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice, a book for diverse communities on dealing with the risks of burnout. Ortiz is a nationally known speaker and trainer working with groups such as the Ford Foundation, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Disability Cultural Centers, and AmeriCorps. They emphasize interdependence, inclusion, and spiritual growth in their poetry and writing found in publications such as VIDA, Poetry, the Feminist Wire and in anthologies such as Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People. As a Disabled Mestiza living in the Arizona U.S./Mexico borderlands, they are passionate about organizing with the Southern Arizona Community Care Collective/Colectivo de Beinestar Comunitario. 

adrienne maree brown is a writer, poet, podcaster, and facilitator committed to learning and developing models for action, community strength, movement building and transformation. She is the author of Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice and other books on activism and social justice. She has worked as a facilitator focused on the healing and development of organizations and movements, most recently working with BYP100, Movement for Black Lives, the Rising Majority and Black Lives Matter. She was awarded the Auburn Institute’s Spiritual Resilience Fellowship, was a Kresge Literary Arts Fellow, and a 2013 and 2015 Knights Arts Challenge winner, among other honors. She is rooted in Detroit.

About Kehilla

Kehilla Community Synagogue is a progressive synagogue at the leading edge of social and racial justice and economic equity in the San Francisco Bay Area. Proceeds from this fundraiser directly support Kehilla’s extensive activism in our wider communities.

This event is presented in partnership with Synagogues Rising, a new national network of synagogues that center justice and spiritual practice throughout our communal living.


This is a virtual event, hosted on Zoom. American Sign Language interpretation and live closed captioning provided. A recording will be sent to ticket holders after the event.

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Sponsor This Event

Sponsorship supports Kehilla’s extensive work for social and racial justice and economic equity in the San Francisco Bay Area. Make a sponsorship gift of $10 to $1,000 above the cost of the ticket at the ticket site linked below. Sponsorships submitted by March 31 will be featured at the event and featured on the Kehilla website, unless you choose to sponsor anonymously.

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