Upcoming Webinars

March 4, 2021, 15:00 CET: Ritual for Resilience: An Introduction to ‘The Work that Reconnects’
If you add the climate crisis to widespread social injustices and layer on a pandemic, it’s easy to see why activists burn out. The Work That Reconnects, based on the teachings of Joanna Macy, “helps people discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life, transforming despair and overwhelm into inspired, collaborative action” (https://workthatreconnects.org). For Jewish activists and change-makers who are in this work for the long-haul, it’s crucial to take time to rest, recharge, and reconnect with the sacred.

This introductory workshop will weave Jewish tradition – from ‘Modah ani l’fanecha/I am grateful before You’ to ‘Lech lecha/Go forth!’ – into the resilience and community building practices of the Work That Reconnects.

We will sit in a “virtual circle” during this fully participatory workshop; participants will be asked to create a safe, confidential space in which all voices are welcome and honored.
Instructor: Ilana Sumka, Founder and former director of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence
March 11, 2021, 15:00 CET: Eretz Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael, Am Yisrael: The Challenges, Opportunities and Hidden Gift of Addressing Israel/Palestine as Social Justice Jews
What is the place of Israel in the Jewish social justice community? Why do so many Jewish social justice organizations avoid addressing Israel, or even take right/centrist positions on Israel that are dissonant with their otherwise progressive agendas on issues like the environment, Black Lives Matter and immigrant rights? And what is driving the change that is increasingly prompting Jewish organizations to stake out progressive positions on Israel?

We’ll explore these questions and discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that face Jewish social justice activists in light of contemporary trends. We’ll also get a glimpse of the hidden gift awaiting those who venture into this complex terrain.

Recognizing that the topic of Israel is one of the most contentious and divisive issues in Jewish communities today, we will employ a number of tried-and-true communication guidelines (speaking with respect; listening with an open mind; asking questions from a place of genuine curiosity) to allow for a thoughtful, illuminating discussion.

Instructor: Ilana Sumka, Founder and former director of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence
March 18, 2021, 19:00 CET: NOA - A Design Thinking Approach to Overcome Antisemitism

Join us for a design thinking workshop on how to combat antisemitism in Europe today, and how you can make a difference together with the NOA: Networks Overcoming Antisemitism project, by engaging your communities using creative tools. (https://www.noa-project.eu/)

Instructor: Tamás Büchler, Coordinator of the NOA (Networks Overcoming Antisemitism) Project at CEJI, A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe

Registration link:  https://uni-potsdam.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5cvfu2grz4jGtFBgMrpD-pXn_y_Ty32Neds

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