about

feminism all night is an urban retreat calling the community to engage together in feminism: the political, social, economical movement coming to fully challenge and resist patriarchy while dreaming up and manifesting a visionary new way of existence.


the retreat is modeled after shavuot, the jewish holiday calling us to stay up all night to learn together. feminism all night begins with a communal immersive all night long learning experiment to center feminism. it continues with a lunch by the lake and closes with a ritual ceremony to integrate the learnings. our intention is to fully retreat from the city life while still remaining in the city, imitating the art of feminism as it calls us to deconstruct our whole systems of existence while living in them. it is paradoxical and confusing. join us fully for all of it.


what is learning? why night time?


the magic of learning all night long in community cannot be expressed, only experienced.


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we would love to invite community members to teach on feminism. we encourage diverse topics such as how feminism relates to race, capitalism, the body, sex, romance, money, learning, spirituality, violence, emotional world, politics, the moment that we are in right now, etc. we also encourage various mediums of learning such as movement, singing, text-study, writing, and more.



*apply to lead a workshop by may 27nd*

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*one table shabbat dinner*



friday june 2nd

6:30 pm : kabbalat shabbat prayer service led by yael illah && Cedar Ranney

7:45 pm : shabbat dinner

9:00 pm : opening circle

10:00 pm - 4:00 am : learning all night

4:00 am : Rebbe nachman is hella queer* with Sasha Gayle-Schneider



saturday june 3rd

2:00 pm : potluck lunch by lake merritt (across from Perch Coffee House at 440 Grand Ave)

3:00 pm : trust activities with Alysha Schwartz

7:00 pm : dinner at hob house

8:00 pm : closing ritual && havdalah at hob house





learning schedule


workshop 1: 10:00 - 11:00

Reparations from HaChovel (the perpetrator) reading the Platform for Black Lives as Mishna
Sasha Gayle-Schneider
How do I benefit from white supremacy and anti-blackness? What does my Jewish culture or faith have to say about Black livelihood?
I don’t really want to deal with all this! Where is my stake in this mess? Indeed, it’s is a balagan! Thankfully Alicia Garza and Rabbi Yehuda teach us that healing is possible through our willfull redistribution of resource to account for damages across 5 categories: physical damages, emotional labor/pain, neglect for each others health-care, lack of employment opportunity, and our collective xenophobia. Together, tonight, we will joyfully and tenderly realize that black liberation necessitates the liberation of captured land, stolen capital and our abounding Jewish selves as we draw from this oral Torah in its truest forms: the Platform for Black Lives, and Bava Kama Chapter 8.
Everyone is welcome in this workshop!! This text study will focus materially on questions and revelations that impact all of our lives. The workshop will, however, address most centrally the experience of white-Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi people who do not experience anti-blackness in their day-to-day lives.
Sasha (they/them) is a Mizrahi, Sephardi, and Ashkenazi educator and organizer. Sasha grew up in the Abraham Joshua Heschel school, absorbed by an intersectional Judaism that has inspired them to continue their studies, receiving their BA in Judaic Studies and Community Organizing at Smith College. Sasha is an alumni of Yeshivat Hadar and former head of Eden Village’s Teen Apprenticeship Program.
past another binary||collective zine creation
alysha schwartz + ilana newman
masc+femme || male+female || non-men+men || afab+amab

join us in a collective exploration of the violent consequences that result from the policing, exclusion, and regulation used to maintain and define gender binaries, in all their forms. encouraging learning and realization through words and art, we will each be making personal, one-page zines, which will work to deconstruct the deep and lasting effects of the enforcement of the gender binary in both society and feminist spaces.

***this workshop will include writing and/or drawing
ilysha/alyshna/ilanysh are into queer healthcare, grandparent histories, cross-denominational summer camp ballads, scrappy crafts, extravagant potlucks, anticapitalist community care, and spreadsheets for the revolution. they seek to create a space to discuss how the gender binary impacts feminism in jewish spaces and beyond.
The Sacred Shield of No
Jennie Kogan
So often in life, we do things we don’t want to do. We say yes to people when our inner voices are begging us to say no or just when we aren’t sure and need more time. Through embodiment exercise, partner sharing and writing reflection, this workshop is set to explore why we don’t say no when we want to and what it would feel like to follow our inner truth. The dominant forces of patriarchy, capitalism, and other systems of power fog our body wisdom and we get confused on what we want. When we create shields of protection from dominant forces, we are a little less affected by them. Boundaries can be challenging and when listen to them, we are much more likely to thrive in our mind, body and relationships.
Jennie Kogan is honored to have this opportunity to facilitate such an important workshop for her and many others. From an early age, she has been dedicated to creating spaces of community where people connect with themselves and each other by sharing what we so often hide. This includes facilitating a college group dedicated to ending the stigma of mental health for 3 years, developing a community play in Scotland and bringing this element of sharing to everything she does. She has participated in many anti-oppression and personal growth trainings involving the body, mind and spirit and looks forward to bringing elements of what she has learned to this workshop. The past 3 years in particular have involved working on creating energetic boundaries and learning how to listen to her body which is an ongoing process.
What does feminism have to teach about white supremacy?
Julie Aronowitz
First, second, and third wave feminists have done extensive thinking about the impact of feminism on our society and on us as individuals. Though considering the impact of racism is not new, the framework of white supremacy and it’s impacts have not been as thoroughly explored. Less of a history lesson and more of a group discussion, this conversation will consider the lessons of feminism and the wisdom it might have to offer to addressing white supremacy.
Julie Aronowitz is a congregation-based community organizer, a feminist, and an asker of hard-to-answer questions.
Owning Our Emotional Labor
Natalie Rabb
What is emotional labor? How does it show up in my life? Do I want to do it? Do I want other people to do it? Together we will graciously dissect and deconstruct all that is emotional labor. We will support each other in identifying the ways emotional labor shows up in our life, affirm and acknowledge the ways we enjoy providing this labor, as well as empower one another to step away from the emotional labor we no longer wish to serve.
Natalie//Silly Rabbit enjoys taking apart ideas and assumptions of what it means to be a human in this world. Silly Rabbit also recognizes that this is super hard, which is why she is so endlessly grateful for community (THANK YOU~yes YOU~for reading this, and for the magical wizard HADAR for organizing this community).



workshop 2: 11:15 - 12:45

Exploring the Woman of Valor/Eishet Chayil in 2017: Unrealistic expectations of a Wonder Woman or a celebration of women’s power?
Nehama Rogozen and Samantha Goldman
In the Jewish tradition, Eishet Chayil a poem from Proverbs, extolls the virtues of a seemingly perfect woman; It is customarily sung by a husband to his wife before Shabbat dinner on Friday evening Before we dismiss this text as reinforcing the patriarchy, we will utilize text study and discussion to take a deeper dive to better understand the broader historical context and its relevance today. Join us for the collective reimagining of this tradition in its celebration of the feminine presence and extolling the valiance and force of women everywhere! No experience with Judaism or Jewish texts necessary for this session.
Nehama Rogozen and Samantha Goldman are two feminists deeply involved in social justice and Jewish life in the Bay. Nehama works for the City and County of San Francisco’s Office of Financial Empowerment, is a Jeremiah Fellowship alumnae and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, helped start Minyan Dafna, and holds a Master’s in Development Practice from UC Berkeley. She is part of a feminist book club in the East Bay and runs trainings for Keshet and Cal Adventures. Samantha is a design strategist at UpStart, worked for President Obama’s campaigns, and was a fellow with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in the Republic of Georgia. She holds a Master’s in Organizational Change Management from The New School.
i am implicit: a writing workshop
hannah rubin
"My wild intuition about myself. But the main thing is always hidden. I am implicit. And when I make myself explicit I lose the humid intimacy."
-- Clarice Lispector

"When you say this, you want to lift him up and carry him out to some clean river to soak, watch the rings of filth float from his body. But you also want to piss on him. You imagine his face sprinkled with your vitamin-bright urine. You want to unload."
-- Ronaldo Wilson

"No, I am not chipping away at anything"
-- Tongo Eisen Martin

"This opens onto a cascade of questions: How to cultivate a poetics that challenges the immunities upon which political sovereignty and its military violence hang? What might it mean for the poem to enable forms of vulnerability and care that are critical for a countervailing communion? How might a poem insist on a visceral solidarity, rather than idealist notions of “human rights” ? Can a poem help us imagine unthinkable solidarities in the interest of transforming the conditions of our conditioned love?"
- Rob Halpern

The moment of looking and being described. How do we embody language, when it exists, so frequently, in a swimming pool of grief for that which it can not do? And also, that which it has already done? What is writing, and voice, and intimacy, in the context of language's violent & colonial history and how can we -- as marginalized bodies -- find voice within it? Can we ever love language the way it has never (really) loved us? In this workshop, we will read experiments, passions, pushings, and pullings. We will engage with language as a material. We will attempt to sculpt and be sculpted. We will grapple with: the implicit, the explicit, the humid intimacy. How we can attempt to have any or all of those things, through language.
hannah rubin is a queer artist, activist, poet and journalist -- whose practice centers on creating spaces for queers to have deep experiences. They run Poetry in the Dark, an experimental poetry reading series at Less Space Gallery, and Queer Living Room, a writing group for queer writers caught between genres. Their work has appeared in Entropy Magazine, HOLD: A Journal, Oatmeal Magazine, SF Weekly, Tablet and many others. They have received fellowships and residencies from Lamda Literary, LIMINAL, The Anti-Lab, Winchester and The Jewish Daily Forward. Currently, they are at work on a book of weird poems and photographs that investigate the structural relationships between queerness, water, and abuse. In June, they will be spending an entire day on a sailboat recording the works of Clarice Lispector onto a collection of cassette tapes.
Wrong Bodies: an exploration of how oppression lives in the Body
Faryn Borella
We live in a world where we are taught that there are right bodies, and there are wrong bodies. Right bodies are white, cisgender, male, able, thin, young and heterosexual. Wrong bodies are disabled, trans, gender non-conforming, queer, fat, female, aging, black, and brown. How is the world constructed in a way that caters to those living in “right bodies” while compounded the oppression of those living in bodies considered wrong? How does having a wrong body effect how one moves through the world, and how do the ways in which our bodies are wrong intersect? And is there even such a thing as a “right body?” This workshop, through movement, music, performance and Theater of the Oppressed exercises, will explore the ways that we currently move in our wrong bodies and discover the liberation that comes through moving with and into the “wrong,” rather than against it.
Faryn is a white, queer, femme with a chronic invisible disability. She currently studies counter-oppressive religious ritual leadership and liberation theology at the Graduate Theological Union in the attempts to build a diasporic, non-Zionist Jewish liberation theology and praxis. She is a longtime activist for Palestinian liberation and disability justice. She also spends her time writing disability-themed poetry and performance art, singing obscure songs from musicals to herself and learning with/from children about justice and Judaism.
Tikkun Olam through informed allyship: supporting survivors of sexual assault
Miriam Joelson
What are the psychological ramifications of sexual assault? How can we better support survivors of sexual assault in our communities? In this workshop, we will talk about healing the world through small acts of kindness - mitzvot - in the shape of informed allyship. While the workshop is anchored in understanding the psychological effects of sexual assault, and how we can be better allies to survivors, we will open the conversation to mental health awareness and mental health allyship in general.
Miriam is the Founder of Project #HereForYou, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness for the psychological ramifications of sexual assault. This fall, Miriam will be attending the Brown School of Social work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she will study clinical mental health. Originally from Switzerland, Miriam currently works at Google in the Bay Area, received her A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University, and her M.Sc. from the University of Oxford.
"Men's Work": Men Showing up for Feminism with Joy, Vulnerability & Accountability
Jonah Sampson Boyarin
We'll start out by getting to know each other with Jewish melody and feminist icebreakers. Then we'll work together to articulate what stake men have in feminist struggle, from a perspective of fostering joy and healthy love, in men's relationships with one another and with women and gender queer or non-binary people in our lives (some men are gender queer). We will share experiences and ideas with one another about how to be more vulnerable, less controlling, less entitled, more accountable to the women, non-binary, or gender queer people among us and more effectively contributing to collective liberation from all systems of abusive power, starting with patriarchy.

This workshop will focus on the experiences and feminist roles for men, who aren't targeted by sexism, but it is warmly open to people of all genders and will be facilitated with a spirit of honoring the experiences and ideas of whoever is in the room.
Jonah Sampson Boyarin loves teaching and learning! He has served as an educator-leader in a number of capacities; in 2016, he cofounded the country’s first Diversity & Equity program at a Jewish day school, at JCHS of the Bay. Jonah recently embarked on a year of study and adventure, completing his yoga teacher training in Singapore, two terms at Machon Hadar’s yeshivah program, and an Emerging Translator Fellowship at the National Yiddish Book Center.



workshop 3: 1:00 - 2:30

Math & Patriarchy
David Granberg & Becca Heisler
Is math an inherently violent way of knowing? Can quantitative knowledge advance the struggle for liberation and justice, or will it ultimately only serve oppressive structures? Is math actually a route to accessing the Divine? How do we relate to math in our bodies? What, even *is* math? Does a cultural suspicion of scheming malicious mathematical manipulators have anything – anything! – to do with antisemitism?

We don’t know the answers to any of these questions but we want to ask them with you. We’ll read, talk, feel, craft – maybe even dance. All levels of (dis)comfort with math enthusiastically welcome. Discussion might include any of the following:

numbers – symbolic logic – violence (epistemological) – violence (concrete) – bureaucracy – legibility – abstraction – intuition – the Jubilee year – usury – the blood libel – math anxiety – embodied knowledge – gematria – sephirot – cultural gaslighting – the map is not the territory – “rationality” – the Enlightenment – witchcraft – the Golden ratio – trauma – women in tech – capitalism – Microsoft® Excel® 2016
Becca is a long-time lover of math, feminism, the earth, and Judaism, and thinks that it’s totally wild that she can celebrate all of those things in the same place. Becca graduated from Tufts with a degree in Mathematics and spends a lot of time trying to figure out what that actually means – why did people keep congratulating me for being a woman in STEM? Why did math suddenly feel so much more engaging when there were no numbers involved? How do I “use my math” now that I work as a Jewish outdoor educator? WHY does everyone hate math so much? And, most relevant in this moment, what’s math got to do with patriarchy??
David Granberg has been in a process of refusing and deconstructing masculinity for several years. He (?) is in a state of flux - between the material and the ideal, the masculine and the feminine, the head and the heart, giving and receiving. He took a year of math and physics in college before switching to environmental studies focusing on sustainable agriculture, but it would be a bald-faced lie to say he's never looked back. An organizer and agitator, David has been a part of several campaigns for farmworker justice and fossil fuel divestment, and is currently engaged in several different projects of Jewish community-building and transformation.
Bearing Witness to Sarah & Hagar: Understanding Conflicting Narratives of Sisterhood
Anna Goodman-Herrick
Weaving Poetry, Torah, Quran, Traditional Stories, and Modern Experience.

The story of Sarah and Hagar (Hebrew)/ Hajar (Arabic) is in the Torah and Quran with varying versions and interpretations.

In one story, Hagar is Sarah’s slave. Sarah has her husband impregnate Hagar and then exiles her and her child out of jealousy. In another story, Hag/jar is an Egyptian princess first before being captured into slavery for Sarah's household. Hajar’s liberation journey inspires the pilgrimage of Hajj that continues today.

Sarah is often considered the matriarch of the Jewish people and Hajar the matriarch of the Adnanin people, the Arab tribe from which Muhammad descended. Among varying traditions, Sarah is a prophet, malicious, jealous, a great mother and wife, an inspiration, an oppressor. Hajar is a princess, a slave, a handmaid, a concubine, a problem, a gift. Together, they are competitors, oppressor/ oppressed, existing as vehicles for birth, and part of a... sisterhood?

We will examine how these narratives reflect our own views today - whose lives, bodies, comfort, violence and feminism are prioritized. We consider their meaning on a spiritual level. We look at modes to change the roles of these stories in our lives.

Sarah and Hajar’s relationship is a lens into gender, race, power, privilege and our souls.
Anna Goodman-Herrick is a facilitator of sacred spaces and group dialogue, a writer, storyteller, documentarian, creative artist, and human rights activist, whose work has appeared on major television networks, on film, stage, in print, museum and gallery exhibitions and in retreats and workshops. With her husband, Palestinian peace builder Azzam Talhami, Anna is the co-founder of The Bahebak Project, dedicated to peace building in the U.S. and Middle East and providing emergency and resettling services to Syrian refugees. thissaysiloveyou.org
Giving Voice
Aviva Melissa Frank
Did you ever wonder if Miriam had a favorite song? Sara’s favorite tea to serve guests? Rachel a favorite sexual position? Come, let’s flesh out our matriarchs, writing their forgotten stories by candle flame. We will then stand, and give voice to them, as we read their stories, which are also our stories.
Aviva Frank knows the Schkeniah lives in each of us; we can coax her out with weaving tales, sining songs and honoring her-story. Writer, Kohenet and spoken word artist, Aviva has lived in Tel Aviv, New York and San Francisco.
Nasty Women in Numbers: The Daughters of Tzlofechad
Raphael Magarik
By looking at a story from Numbers of women protesting sexist laws, we’ll ask questions about feminist critique, patriarchal cooption, and the difficulties of recovering a usable feminist past from the Bible.
Raffi Magarik is working on a PhD in literature at Cal; he teaches for Kevah and has taught at Yeshivat Hadar. He helps organize Minyan Dafna, a trad-egal prayer community in Berkeley. He writes occasionally for Haaretz, the Forward, and elsewhere.



workshop 4: 2:45 - 3:45

Feminine Embodiment for all Genders
Tamara Skootsky
A movement and conversation-based exploration of one’s own needs and wants, and those of others. Participants will be guided through deep listening and intuition exercises, with awareness placed on noticing action-based impulses and anxieties that may or may not be in line with the body’s quieter truth. Depending on time, this will either be an open-ended experience, or can relate back to work and power in society.
Tamara has spent the past 2.5 years investigating self-knowledge and gender dynamics through intuitive movement & partner dance, dating & relationships, and the workplace.
Talmud for Transfemmes: An Intro to Rav Yohanan’s Non-Binary Beauty
Binya Koatz
Tradition is a scary place for trans people to venture. A space filled with reactionary beliefs used to justify oppressive politics that cut lives short and splinter families and communities today.

Tradition, if it gets wielded by the right hands, can also be a place of solace. It can be where trans people go to find beauty, ancestors, role models, parents/mothers/and fathers: things I (we) sorely crave, as we get painted as new-outgrowths of modern immorality, rather than liberated links in a millenia-old chain.

Let’s find that “also” in the Talmud. A text brimming with vile hatred, mysoginy and violence, and also a promising source for Jewish trans people to claim the teachings, blessing, and heritage of our people.

Rabbi Yohanan, a transfemme in the Talmud, is a foremother I’ve newly discovered, and am excited to *continue learning about* (not teach) alongside some dope ppl in our little radfeminist allnight cabal. See how this very central rabbinic authority is painted with an unabashedly feminine beauty, and confidently straddles roles and presentations in an overwhelmingly binarized system of gender in Jewish law. Learn from an ancestor who is not just incidentally transfemme, but who uses their gender-magic to inform the spirituality that has immortalized them through centuries.

The Talmud hasn’t been offered as a pro-trans text. But there’s no one who can stop us from claiming the gifts it gives and the stories it tells. I’m excited to unearth the profound, radical power that exists in the concept of a Trans Tradition, and invite you to learn with me if you are too.
Binya (bee-nyah, accent on the bee) thinks God rhymes with queerness rhymes with Judaism rhymes with justice. you just have to learn how to pronounce them right < ‘they’ pronouns, from new york, and before that a handful of diasporas and fucked up shit and radical-antifas and resilience. heritage is a beautiful gift and a pair of overwhelming shoes to fill. via Alcazarquivir, Rosario, Grenoble and Odessa. yiddish, french, spanish and Djudezmo (ladino) on the tongue. trans and jewish, with the ‘and’ a non-negotiable
Activism & the Schkeniah
Aviva Melissa Frank and Ariel Vergosen
Aviva Frank and Ariel Vergosen are both Kohenet: Hebrew Priestess sisters and international activists. They each bring their own unique talents and traits to this workshop and a mutual love of glitter. Learn, laugh and leave with a greater understanding of your own power and the Schkeniah that resides in all of us regardless of gender.
Aviva Frank and Ariel Vergosen both engage in resistance work rooted in the theatrical and driven by the principles of engagement, inclusivity and community building.
Men still rule the world/and you are not in my arms.
Muriel MacDonald
Poetry and feminism! We will explore feminist poetry by reading and discussing a number of fiery feminist poets with a focus on how they use language to critique & offer visionary alternatives to the patriarchy, before writing and sharing our own poems in small groups.
I am a poet, songwriter, and political artist. Past work includes the "wall of empathy" interactive installation at 16th street Bart after the election, and Haight Free Love, a public demonstration of post-capitalist community. I studied poetry and modernity at UVA, and my current day job is as a writer and researcher for a political firm in SF.



workshop 5: 4:00 - unknown

Rebbe nachman is hella queer*
Sasha Gayle-Schneider
*This is your formal invitation to stew in the liminal. Treat yourself to an intimate morning conversation with shekhinah as they lay some fresh wisdom on your senses. Rabbi Nachman guides us through this sensory overload thru Hidbodedut - the revelatory act of still/awareness in the face of the divine. Come sit by the lake, slowly eat an orange, and chat with who/whatever’s out there... Blessing the process
Sasha (they/them) is a Mizrahi, Sephardi, and Ashkenazi educator and organizer. Sasha grew up in the Abraham Joshua Heschel school, absorbed by an intersectional Judaism that has inspired them to continue their studies, receiving their BA in Judaic Studies and Community Organizing at Smith College. Sasha is an alumni of Yeshivat Hadar and former head of Eden Village’s Teen Apprenticeship Program.



location


oakstop

1721 broadway #201

oakland, ca 94612



no sleeping arrangements provided.







for young jews in their 20s and 30s.

come join us. in liberation, in holiness, in our collective power to resist && vision anew.


*register here*

questions?


contact me (hadar) at hadarcohen32@gmail.com









with gratitude to Moishe House and OneTable for funding