feminism all night

immersive training: july 31 — august 3, 2018

community wide event: august 3, 2018

bay area, california

about

feminism all night is a communal immersive all night long learning experiment to center feminism. it is a call to 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.

 

this project is composed of:

  • a 3 day intentional training for workshop leaders to develop their session in northern CA
  • a public all night long gathering with workshops on feminism open to all in downtown Oakland, CA




  • immersive training

    what happens when we come to study ancient texts from a feminist lens? how do we heal historical patriarchy through cultivating relationship with scripture? what if we showed up for this process with love, commitment, and devotion?

    these questions are the building blocks of forming a feminist beit midrash (jewish house of learning). a 3-day learning playground in the study of feminism and judaism, this training is an all inclusive learning space for participants to grow their skills in text learning, feminist thinking, and workshop facilitation.

    the training will offer participants time to personally grow in their learning and engage in divine devotion. participants will be supported in developing a workshop to be taught at the community wide event. the training will offer space for experimentation in leading the workshop and learning platform to deepen the intentionality and meaning of the session. 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.

     

    july 31st - august 3rd

    Four Springs

    all lodging and meals provided for

    sliding scale $54-$108

     

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    application deadline: june 15th




    community wide event

    a communal immersive public gathering to delve deep into feminist learning. come join to expand your awareness, connect with community, and shift the political tides towards justice. the evening includes:


  • soulful prayers welcoming the divine Goddess
  • nourishing Shabbat dinner made with love
  • workshops on feminism all night long


  • friday, august 3rd

    6 pm - 4 am

    the finnish hall

    1970 chestnut st, berkeley, ca 94702

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    register for dinner ($8)

     

    register for workshops (free)


    schedule:

    6:00 -7:30 prayers

    7:30 - 8:30 dinner

    8:30 - 9:00 - opening remarks

    9:00 - 10:30 workshop 1

    10:45-11:45 workshop 2

    12:00-1:45 workshop 3

    2:00-3:00 workshop 4



    ~~ workshop 1 ~~

    Consent and care in the Beit Midrash (house of study)*
    Sarah Silverman
    In Torah study (and in any radical act), we must have the necessary support to process the physical and emotional impacts of our study. Together we will use the frameworks of consent and care to envision a jewish text study space that 1) Prepares learners to approach difficult content, and supports them in processing it 2) Does not deflect or excuse misogyny and other forms of violence, but confronts it and centers it as an important topic for deconstruction and interpretation and 3) Recognizes the importance of personal story-telling as a form of care. I will also share a new project: A content warning for the Talmud.
    *We will work on other translations
    How We Get There; Feminism & The Transportation Revolution
    Muriel MacDonald
    The bicycle was hailed as the vehicle of women's liberation. Public buses have been the staging grounds of civil rights battles. In some cases, public transportation has served as the great equalizer. In an era of new transportation options, what are the front lines of transportation equity? How can we design our future cities so that public space serves people instead of cars? Workshop participants will look at unique ways that we are reimagining our cityscapes, participate in a conversation centered on both problems and solutions, and finally make some art envisioning what future cities could look like.
    Muriel MacDonald is an artist and activist interested in how we use public space. As the Dir. of Public Affairs for shared electric scooter company, Skip, she has been in conversation with underserved communities across the country about their transportation needs, desire for safe streets, and other frustrations with the cityscape. As an artist, Muriel is interested in how public space can be used to build a resilient society. Her installations include the post-election "Wall of Empathy" which transformed 16th St Bart into a collective art piece full of notes of empathy, anger and discussions about how to move forward, and Haight Free Love, a post-capitalist pop-up space demonstrating community and love to passersby (in which she is one of many collaborators). As an activist, Muriel engages in efforts directed at reclaiming public space from cars and returning it to people, including participating in the San Francisco bred "Human Protected Bike Lanes," and the car-free-streets initiative Sunday Streets.
    Feminism and Men
    Ari Eisenstadt, Eyal Matalon, and Eli Wirtschafter
    How can men engage in feminist work? How are men harmed by ideas of masculinity? What does it mean for men to have feminist intimate relationships? This workshop is for all genders, and we especially encourage people who identify as men to participate.
    Ari Eisenstadt, Eyal Matalon, and Eli Wirtschafter meet regularly for a feminist men's group that was inspired by last year's feminism all night.

    ~~ workshop 2 ~~

    Queering Judaism or Making Judaism More Queer-Inclusive? A Conversation on Reclamation, Definition, and Allyship.
    Nehama Rogozen
    The word "queer" carries a much different meaning than it used to. On one hand, we have Queer Eye and queer Talmud study. On the other, LGBTQ-identifying folks still face health care access issues, social barriers, and discrimination in Jewish communities of all types. How does the word "queer" influence our understanding of Judaism, the world, and justice as we move towards a more queer world? This conversation, open to all, regardless of sexual or gender identity, will look at how we can make our communities more open and inclusive.
    How to think clearly & feel fully at the same time
    David Louis
    Whether it’s men & women, capital & labor, colonizer & colonized, or settler & indigenous, much revolutionary thought posits that the only route towards liberation lies in conflict between oppressor and oppressed – and potentially the destruction of one by the other. This Manichaean way of thinking has informed some of the most powerful liberatory movements of the past century, but can easily align with reductive or reactionary modes of thought as well. From a different angle, ways of knowing that emphasize subtlety, energy, intuition, and embodiment can be personally and collectively transformative, but easily co-opted to serve violent systems.
    How do we hold binary categories of oppression and exploitation in one hand, and nondualistic modes of knowing in the other? How do we maintain the searing drive toward justice NOW with the slowness of processing, learning, and growth? What is the place of healing when the wounds of patriarchy, capitalism, and settler empire are still being inflicted?
    David is a white & Ashkenazi transfemme organizer & facilitator.
    Unraveling the (patriarchal) scripts in our (romantic) relationships: exploring liberatory frameworks
    Natalie Rabb and Austin Weisgrau
    the patriarchy confounds love by tying us to unconscious scripts about who we are, what we want, and how we should get it. these scripts confuse us and stress us out to the extent that they are not aligned with reality. we'll share our meal metaphor, relationship anarchy, and the tantric consort as three helpful frameworks that can be brought to relationship to see through personal and cultural scripts, come into deeper alignment with our hearts, and invite more clarity and intention into the shared project of connection.
    austin is a dog-whisperer, scorpio sun, saggitarius rising, avoidant vegetarian who is highly sensitive to plant drugs like caffeine. natalie is an intuitive cancer moon renowned for her love of peanut butter who has nowhere to go. the love they share for each other is named james, and james has been subject to field-testing for this material.

    ~~ workshop 3 ~~

    Tracing a Trans Torah
    Binya Koatz
    From Adam to Joseph to the Rabbis of the Talmud, Judaism's gender-bending, intergenerational, hella-fey queerness, manifests through our heroes, "patri"archs and wise ones. Alternative feminities, bigendered beings, children with gendersexes "beyond sons and daughters." This stream has always been alive and coursing. Has been known, hidden, and re-discovered many times. In this latest moment of trans liberation that we are in, let's take a dip into this river through the lens of some individual queer and trans people and their lineages in the Torah, and trace the arc of transness at the center of our tradition, from which the dust is beginning to clear.
    Binya is a transfeminine Jewish princess, and b'ezrat hashem, a matriarch-to-be. They hunger for tradition, wrap themselves in heritage like a rainbow-dyed headscarf-prayer-shawl. and try to love and serve Torah and Hashem as best as they can. Sephardi/Ashkenazi/French/Moroccan/Argentinian/Queer/Hasidyke/Gay/Trans/Nerd
    The Tree of Life, Tarot and the Hebrew Alphabet: Pathways to Understanding our Relationality
    Ariella Bea and Rachel Binstock
    The 10 Sefirot or the 10 attributes of God (through which the infinite reveals itself and continually creates creation) are connected by 22 pathways. 22 is the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet and the number of Major Arcana in Tarot. In this class we will explore the interconnection of these forms of wisdom through a deep analysis of Aleph, the Fool card, and the connection Aleph creates in the tree of life between Keter (the Crown) and Chochmah (Wisdom). We will examine this relation between the Sefirot, Tarot and the Hebrew alphabet as well as its relation to our own lives, through the making of our own tarot card. (Basic materials provided)
    Rachel Binstock is the director of the Urban Adamah Fellowship. She first became an earth-based jewish educator at Eden Village Camp on the East Coast where she served as assistant farm director and lead educator. Before her career as a farmer Rachel worked as a community organizer in her home town of Chicago. She also identifies as an artist, ritualist, and lover-of-plants. She aims to build the world she wants to live in. Rachel spends her spare time practicing primitive skills, singing, playing soccer, and writing saphrut.
    Altered state of consciousness and spirituality
    Jackie Mostny
    Jackie will explore what it means to put your mind in a different state to solve problems or gain perspective on your life. With intention, changing your state of consciousness can be used as a therapeutic tool. Here she will discuss different ways to achieve this and how changing frequencies in your body and mind can help you channel this new state of consciousness. This will be a discussion. Feel free to share personal stories.

    ~~ workshop 4 ~~

    Sex: a conversation
    Tamara Skootsky
    This workshop is an experiment in holding space for inquiry around sex (ie, what is it?) and expression of sexual experience (ie, how/do/can we talk about it and what does it feel like to do so?). We will primarily engage in discussion and partner sharing, with some writing and invitation for any activities that support the learning process.
    As part of a years-long personal journey, Tamara has engaged close friends and family in numerous conversations around topics of sex, sexuality, attraction, desire, pleasure, and power. She believes deeply in the value of holding such conversations and is passionate about expanding the contexts and communities in which they may occur.
    What is God Anyway? (and is connecting to it a thing?)
    Simon Mont
    The word "God" brings up a lot. Its been leveraged as a liberatory force, a healing invocation, and a patriarchical rationalization. Its brought people together and torn people apart, and it continues to have deep resonance through many communities. This is a space for us to be real about what that word evokes in us, what it means to us, and how it informs our lives (or doesn't). Its a space for us to practice deep humility and curiosity as we all connect around something that absolutely none of us understand.
    Bring your history, your stories, your practices, and your openness to connect with the reality of other people's experiences of this mystery we live in. Simon will bring some conversation starters and practices they learned from their Judaism to contribute too. Let's see what happens when we try to connect with each other with awareness of the holy mystery. Meditation, song, chats, dances, cuddles. All is welcome.
    Simon is trying to figure out how to love, heal, connect, and serve. Sometimes its pretty, some times its not. They have been wrestling with their own relationship to spirituality, religion, love, their body, and Judaism since they were a kid and just now finding the grounding to be fully open about that journey with others. Simon writes, performs, facilitates, and hugs trees.

     

    inspired by shavuot, the jewish holiday where we stay up all night to learn together.

     

    past workshops