Past Workshops

feminism all night: Bay Area

One God, No Masters: The Ecstatic Anarchy of Jewish Prayer
Binya Kóatz

We all know: the Jewish tradition contains exultations of violence and war and conquest.Yet, our tradition also claims an equally powerful, vibrant and *opposite* strain as well: leftist, pacifist, anarchist, and revelatory.From the denigration of armies to the delegitimization of kings, this is a strain that desperately calls for amplification - especially now.Together, let's SING and LEARN and ENVISION (with art!!!) the world that our psalms lay out - one where we are accountable to one Divine source, and no Earthly Kings!~~~credited to the long lineage of witches, prophetesses and other ungovernable women who make our lives possible today!

binya comes swirling into this generation from an incredible line of women who've been causing trouble and exuding beauty across many continents and cultures, for many centuries upon centuries.

spiritual justice: resting in our royalty through ritual
Hadar Cohen

the majestic unfolding of infinite moments in divine timing. race. gender. violence. colonization. every form of supremacy. yet, still somehow here.in this workshop, we will lay bear the truth of all truths - through&through it all, we exist in this realm & in all realms. with ritual, prayer, experience we will collectively contemplate the harmony between spirituality & justice.

Hadar Cohen is a Jerusalemite feminist artist, writer, and dancer based in Oakland, CA. She organizes spiritual feminist gatherings including feminism all night - a public community gathering manifesting a space for feminist discourse. Hadar is a graduate of Cooper Union, where she studied Electrical Engineering, and alt*div, a alternative divinity school centering the intersection of justice and spirituality. Hadar writes bi-monthly about feminism and Jewish time in a newsletter called in loving faith. (tinyletter.com/hadarcohen)

Headcovering, Halacha, & Subversion
Sarie Hale-Alper

Who gets to wear what? And why? Let’s learn and discuss the halacha and the tradition of head covering among Jews. We’ll focus on how Jewish women today are interpreting the traditions that guide these customs. Bonus: at the end we’ll try out tichel wrapping.

Sarie is a perpetual shul hopper. She has found joy in all sorts of Jewish communities but has the fondest feelings toward the Yerushalmim hippies she hung out with for a summer. An alumna of Wellesley College, she has also studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her Hebrew still needs help.

"Pleasure Activism" In Practice: How to Make the Revolution Irresistible
Lauren Matt

Centering pleasure to construct and reimagine the future, adrienne maree brown's, "Pleasure Activism," is an accessible, critical, and highly useful paradigm to understand one's purpose in resistance by providing tools for the un-learning and re-education necessary to engage with and reconstruct our current socio-political landscape. When do you feel most satisfied and alive? How do you understand pleasure and why is it important to prioritize? How do you embrace change as an individual & as a movement? Based in works from brown, Audre Lorde, and other lineages of queer women of color, together we will co-define pleasure, examine eroticism as a critical tool of political rebellion & re-imagination, and co-conspire to anchor pleasure in your activism and life.

Lauren is a Sexuality Health Educator invested in realizing the limitless potential of pleasure. Since living in the Bay Area, Lauren has experienced ample pleasure from, including and not limited too; smelling blooming flowers in Oakland, comprehensively teaching young people about consent & sex, participating in radical, queer jewish community, and suddenly being considered as punctual since moving from the East Coast. Currently, Lauren's Pleasure Activism consists of envisioning and cultivating a culture of consent, and she is excited to witness how this work will continue to evolve in the future & beyond.

Farminism: Ecofeminist Space, Place, and Knowing
Molly A Brodsky

Where do feminism and agriculture intersect? Is the phrase 'Mother Earth'-- and it's connotations-- liberatory or oppressive? Is the kitchen a place of expression or enslavement? Is it feminist to be vegan? In this workshop, we'll begin to explore some of these questions around the intersections of gender and our food system, considering our current, past, and future understandings of domestic work, sustainable agriculture, and knowledge systems. We'll be exploring some text, engaging in dialogue, and taking steps outside of traditional conversation to 'know' and express as an ecofeminist.

Molly is an educator, organizer, and coziness-enthusiast who spends her time reading ecofeminist theory and hoarding the best Craigslist furniture finds. One day, Molly woke up and asked, "what do farming and feminism have to do with one another?" and that one question led her to a two year research project working with self-identified feminist farmers in the United States and India. Molly is passionate about community-centered research, equitable knowledge systems, and understanding the connections between food politics, urban space, and gender.

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven & Intersectionality
D’vorah K’lilah

Learn how the Ancient Near East practice of making and offering cakes for the Queen of Heaven connects the peoples of the three Abrahamic religions. Explore a contemporary intersectional offering practice through co-created ritual, and taste some cakes (vegan, gluten-free & vegetarian, gluten-ful options).

Kohenet D’vorah K’lilah wanders the paths of pre-rabbinic Judaic ways, and writes about her adventures in “Flowers of Torah”, a siddur dedicated to the Queen of Heaven.

Feminist Activism
Eva Orbuch

Activism means to many different things to different people and it is so needed in our world today, but it can often end up perpetuating the same patterns created under patriarchal structure, such as being depleting, highlighting sole leaders rather than the collective, etc. What if we could do activism in a different way? What would feminist activism look like? This workshop will explore ways to learn from the principles of feminism to transform activism, such as making it supportive to activists' wellbeing rather than depleting. Activists and non-activists welcome. Brings your experiences and perspectives to share so we can co-create feminist activism together.

Eva is a weaver of community, a connector, a community organizer, educator, and ritual creatrix. She has been engaged in political activism and community organizing since she was in high school, and has been on a journey of figuring out how to make it supportive to wellbeing rather than depleting, which is where feminism comes in!

Council of Feminist Ancestors
Sammy Kanofsky

(Inspired by and adapted from Joanna Macy's "Council of All Beings" exercise from The Work that Reconnects)


Come for a multi-media, interactive, participatory, revolutionary experience of channeling the wisdom of our collective feminist ancestors! Be they blood ancestors, gurus, north stars, prophets, or other divine feminine beings who've inspired your feminist evolution, we need their loving council to face the challenges of uprooting patriarchy and composting its dying tendrils for the nourishment of our dreams of liberation in action! In this work/play-shop, we'll combine deep listening, visionary journaling/drawing, and theatrical persona work to access and share messages from the ones who came before us. Our journey will culminate in a council-style sharing circle complete with masks and costumes to help answer the question "What is needed from us to bring about the Great Turning?"


Some art supplies, writing instruments, costumes, and mask-making materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own to add to the mix!

Sammy is a writer, translator, facilitator, and consultant devoted to living her life (play)fully. Her creative and relational work creates opportunities for authentic, soulful connection, communication, anxiety release, and transformation. She feels most inspired at the nexus of mindfulness, spirituality, and deep ecology, and leans on deep connection with mother earth to return home.

Boundary Setting for Self-Preservation: A skill-building workshop
Suzanne Amor

Having trouble navigating a relationship with a partner, friend, family member, boss or fellow activist? Interested in developing a better understanding of yourself? Want to become a better communicator? Want to create new relationships that are equitable, safe, and thriving? From a feminist empowerment and trauma-informed perspective, this workshop is going to concentrate on a transformative tool for building healthy relationships: boundary setting. Come learn!

Suzanne Amor has been doing work related to gender equity advocacy, survivor support, and abuse prevention since 2012. They are a certified sexual assault and domestic violence counselor. They are currently the Community Outreach Program Manager at Shalom Bayit -- a grassroots feminist organization which aims to prevent gender-based violence in the Bay Area Jewish community.

White | Woman | Shame | Blame | Game
Elena & A-Ro

Moving past guilt in service of becoming stronger anti-racist humyns

Elena (she) is a white, cis-gendered woman, a creative maven and a group facilitator. She is training in restorative justice, coaching, conflict mediation and Hakomi somatic psychotherapy. She loves songwriting, rites of passage work and sardines.Annie-Rose London (they/she) is a white ashkenazi Jewish social artist who seeks to create raucous experiences of joy and pleasure to counteract systems of oppressive mind control. They draw together the fields of ecological design, community arts, and social justice through facilitation and performance. Their earnest irreverence is inherited from a lineage of Jewish and Queer healers. They have called themself a performance artist, a clown, a ritualist, an educator, an activist – today they call themself happy to meet you. They have served as the executive director of Berrett-Koehler Foundation and currently facilitates leadership development and creative practice in partnership with InterPlay, The Arts and Social Change Jam, and Earth Activist Training Social Permaculture Trainings.

The Light of Creation: A Midrashic Exploration through Artand Writing
Miriam Kanani

We will be exploring the concept of the original light that was created at the beginning of the world, also known as the light of creation. We will explore how this light lives within each of us and write our own midrash about the origin of this light, and create a beautiful piece of art that is a reflection of this radiant light.

Miriam Kanani, M.A. has a true passion for Jewish Education, Leading Ceremonies and Song, and working with youth. She loves leading Jewish rituals and bringing her joy of Judaism to children and adults alike.

FAT: A Seen, Unheard Social Identity
Daniela Sirkin & Rachel Barach

Do you avoid using the word ‘fat’? Are you curious about the ‘ism’ that fuels a $70 billion dollar diet, “health” and body-transforming industry? This discussion will lift the veil on a social identity that intersects with class, race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, etc. Join us for a life-changing conversation and body revolution. Everyone welcome.

Rachel and Daniela have both been on years-long journeys to overcome entrenched body shame and symptomatic eating disorders. Inspired and supported by one another, their journeys have transformed from one of body acceptance to body activism, bringing the truth of fatphobia and sizeism and its impact on all genders into the public and into their work as a certified eating psychology coach and actress committed to body diverse media.

The Revelation Cafe
Daniella Aboody

Welcome to The Revelation Cafe, an ongoing unstructured space held throughout Feminism All Night. Come lounge, sip on homemade chai & herbal elixirs, connect with fellow comrades of this revolution we are co-creating right here and now, and allow for the radical dialogue stirring within you to organically flow. Thank you for making this space inclusive and inviting to all.

Daniella Aboody is a queer, embodied, heart-centered Mizrahi-Jewish soul dedicated to holistic healing, justice and love. She is a dancer, doula, budding herbalist, educator and ritual artist. She is passionate about bringing Jews of Color, Mizrahi & Sephardi and wider diasporic Jews together & to the forefront..

Healing Sessions
Verenice

Verenice will offer 3 sessions during the event (please sign up in advance by emailing feminismallnight.com with “healing session” in the subject line)

30  mins each

1st session: 9-9:30

2nd session: 10:50-11:20

3rd session: 12:20-12:50  

"As I became more and more aware of how I could show up for my own inner needs, I began to experience the ability to be increasingly present and perceptive to others.

Now, I embrace my truths as a listener, repeater, pointer, highlighter, reminder, friend, voice, companion, observer, channel, and time traveler. I am just is, present, open, and grounded. I am you. I am me. I am we. I am us. I am they. I am flow. I am love. I am compassion. I am understanding. And ultimately, I am my own healer. It’s through this portal, I can help you access yours more often also. I am also forever learning.

I deeply believe that YOU are your own healer. You possess the wisdom, the drive, the focus, intention and the energy required to be able to respond to situations in a grounded, integrative way that holds compassion and understanding. The more you channel that energy the more your surroundings start to shift every time you align yourself to your intentions. Together we will co-create a space that will allow that wisdom to unfold."

Verenice Berroa Torres is a certified Hypnotherapist- (HCH Institute) specializing in regression therapy, inner child work, inner family systems/ parts work, accessing higher self/ inner knowing, communicating with ancestors, discovering and learning from your spirit guides and spirit animals, grief, life transitions and communicating with the body. She is trained in Energy Medicine, Subtle Body Energy Awareness and trauma resolution (Luminous Awareness Institute).

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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Bearing Witness to Sarah & Hagar: Understanding Conflicting Narratives of Sisterhood
Anna Goodman-Herrick
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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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." <br> -- 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?" <br> - 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.



feminism all day: Bay Area

The Basics of Energy Medicine
Halley Bass
In this experiential workshop, I will teach you the first three basic tools of energy medicine: grounding, meditation sanctuary, and life force energy. I will take you through a long guided meditation to practice with these tools. I will also talk about the benefits of using these tools in different life situations so you can feel more energized, have better energetic boundaries, relax when you need to, stay connected to your power, and more clearly access your intuition.
Halley Claire Bass is an intuitive coach for leaders and entrepreneurs. It is her mission to creatively inspire people to be the fullest expression of who they are. She is devoted to finding the emergence of spirituality in a practical way, so that people can both feel good and create good in the world. She is a 200-hr trained Yoga Teacher and Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner through the Academy of Intuition Medicine in California.
Radical Design: An Experience in Feminist Making
Molly Brodsky
Forks. Stop-signs. Benches. These aren't just objects we come across, tools we use, or symbols we understand; these are designed objects informed by social values and objectives, guiding us to interact in certain ways. In this workshop, we'll be using our imaginations to reimagine worlds, and then using our hands to connect those dreams to a physical reality. We're going to build, construct, deconstruct (of course), experiment, and probably make some pretty wacky stuff. And, hey-- it might just be time to reinvent the wheel... feminist-style.
Molly is an educator, organizer, and coziness-enthusiast who spends her time reading ecofeminist theory and hoarding the best Craigslist furniture finds. Currently working with students across 6 high schools to develop edible gardens, Molly views material and space as platforms for connection and the transmission of values. Her love for farming, feminism, and hosting Shabbat Dinners led her to design-thinking, which she uses to imagine new worlds, politics, and interactions through objects and materiality.
Rosh Chodesh: Feminist Jewish Ritual
Sarah Michal Waxman
Rosh Chodesh is a monthly gathering, taking place around each new moon, giving women space to connect, learn, and be heard. It is an ancient Jewish spiritual practice that is the first commandment in the Torah, reminding us that to be free means to have ownership of our time. In medieval times, Rosh Chodesh became a women’s holiday. In the 60s and 70s, Rosh Chodesh practice grew through the influence of feminist consciousness raising circles. Yet the amount of resources for this holiday are still under resourced because of the historical undervaluing of women’s practices. At The Well* is on a feminist mission to support this ritual and bring it back into communal Jewish life. Come learn about this unique ritual supporting the health and wellness of women and supporting spiritual activism through spiritual practice. Open to people of all genders curious about learning to support feminine markings of time. *At The Well is an organization connecting women to body, soul, and community through wellness education and Jewish spirituality.
Sarah is the passionate Founder of At The Well. She has been a student of sociology and holistic medicine, a national champion athlete, an instructor of yoga and mindfulness, and a passionate member of the Jewish community. All these experiences gave her a deep understanding of the power that comes from being in a supportive community, feeling connected to your spirituality, and having a real understanding of your cycle. At The Well was created out of love; it is a place to be witnessed, and to witness others, to share, to learn, and a place to connect Jewish heritage to everyday life. After being selected for a leadership fellowship, Sarah launched At The Well with Moishe House as her fiscal sponsor.
Jews of Color and Allies: Let’s Connect!
Daniella Aboody
Calling all those who self-identify as Jews of Color, non-Jewish People of Color, Jew of Color- Curious or -Questioning, and beloved Allies— let’s come together and share our stories. This is a healing heart-centered circle to hear our voices and see our own reflections, discuss what it means to be both Jewish and a person of color in this country today, and how we can uplift each other as individuals and as a community. We will explore what it means to us personally living in the Bay Area right now in the Jewish community and greater web of communities we are part of, the complexities and nuances of our unique identity politics and values, and how feminism fits into all of this.
Daniella Aboody is a mystical, playful, embodied, melodic, wild earth loving Mizrahi-Jewish queer woman. She can be found frolicking in the forest connecting with the plant world, singing with joy at an east bay community Shabbat dinner, dancing in her kitchen while cooking a hearty nourishing meal, or snuggling her friends. She is a birth doula, ritual artist, budding herbalist, Jewish nature mentor with Wilderness Torah, and a heart-centered leader in the Bay Area Jewish community who is passionate about identity politics, rites of passage, and uplifting each other to uncover and offer our true gifts.
At the Polls: Voting with Jewish Feminist Values
Marianne Glaser
What does Judaism have to say about affordable housing? What do Kashrut laws have to do with cage free eggs? With elections only a week away, we will explore what it means to vote with a feminist lens, and how our Jewish tradition can orient us in 2018. Specifically, we will focus our discussion around some contentious California propositions. This workshop will be descriptive, not prescriptive. To that end, we will use our values as a framework for reasoning 'yes' or 'no' votes- not explicitly tell each other how to vote. Already done your prop homework? Great! Contribute your perspective and gain a Jewish grounding for your decisions. Haven't done any prop research yet? No worries, we will be learning some basics together.
Marianne is an activist, event planner and Jewish educator. She organizes with Bend the Arc, and teaches Jewish social justice through art and nature to middle and high schoolers.
Towards a Feminist Beit Midrash
Sarah Silverman and Arielle Tonkin
The chevruta (learning dyad) is the central unit of the beit midrash (lit. ‘house of interpretation’; place for text study and learning) . Celebrating and studying the chevruta as a zone for working-together, in partnership, within a larger whole, excites us as a place practice care-full attention and presence. Learning out from the chevruta at the center of the room, we propose asking together: How would we set up a beit midrash in a feminist way? What protocols and methods could we use at the outset to set up beit midrash Group Agreements for easeful access for all bodies? What texts would we learn and how? How would we care for, advocate for, and challenge one another? How would we make the Beit midrash a laboratory for the kind of love and care we want to practice outside its walls?
Sarah: Sarah Silverman is a scientist, an educator, and an always-learner. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Entomology (Insect biology) and helping other graduate students become more inclusive and and activist educators. Arielle: Arielle Tonkin is an interdisciplinary artist making installation, performance, writing & translation, and group-gathering-based work. Arielle a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA 2017), a collaborator with the Muslim Jewish Arts Fellowship, and her current work is on view at Rubin-Frankel Gallery in Boston, MA (on view September – December 2018).
Trans Futurisms: An Embodied Intervention in White Supremacist Gender Socialization
Johanna Resplendent
Come move with trans witch and communal ritual healer Johanna Resplendent (thewaterwitch.com) as we unpack the chaotic terrain of our bodies, using theatrical clown techniques to destabilize our experience of gender and invite ritual transformations. As individual artistic and writing time flows into group movement pieces, discussions, and songs, we explore how our diverse ancestries, identities, and abilities cohere into an abundant vision of anticolonial trans futures beyond the reach of patriarchy and white supremacy. Participants will leave the workshop having absorbed tools for accessing long-forgotten emotions and body parts, with concrete steps for incorporating these discoveries into the liberation of the Bay Area from capitalistic control,
Johanna was born into a middle class white family in occupied Huichin (Berkeley) in 1992 and spent many years struggling to understand why the ideas she was raised with didn't make any sense. After she came out she realized that the liberal beliefs of her childhood were tools put in place to keep her from rebelling, and she has been busy ever since. Starting hormone replacement therapy changed her life when she experienced magic for the first time as a side effect, something she had not been warned about by the medical establishment. This event put her on an odyssey to help trans people reclaim our ancestral power and puncture the colonial lies of white supremacy. She is excited to offer this power to anyone willing to face the possibility of being irrevocably transformed. Instagram handle @riverdyke.
Reclaim Your Voice
Morgan Bolender
In this workshop, we'll dive into both the technical and emotional aspects of singing. So much of what blocks our voices, both in song and speech, are stories we've been told, or have told ourselves about why we should keep quiet. We'll gently take a look at these stories, begin the work of saying goodbye to whatever's standing stubbornly in the way of your most expressed self, and learn the basics of vocal technique so that your voice will have the tools it needs to be healthy and strong.
Morgan spent the first 24 years of her life afraid of all forms of creative expression. Her deepest wish was to sing, but her fear was so great that she couldn't even sing in the shower. After quitting everything (career, school, life as she knew it) and moving onto an organic farm in the jungle, Morgan first connected with her voice; the freedom she's found since is something she's passionate about spreading to all women who feel blocked in their ability to express their authentic voices. Morgan is currently a professional singer-songwriter and vocal coach.
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, activist interested in how public space can be used to build a resilient society. As the Director of Public Affairs for Skip, Muriel engages in efforts directed at reclaiming public space from cars and returning it to people.
Yetziat Aron: The Exodus and The Closet
Binya Koatz
Trapped/free. Narrow/spacious. Known/Unknown. Fear/Liberation. The Hebrew exodus from Mitzrayim, and the queer exodus from the closet share both rhythm and rhyme. Let's dive into what the ancestor's journey can teach us about the parts of our lives we hide from the world - with some text study, some reflective art, and some music n dance!
Binya is a transfeminine flower. Among the wind-torn leaves and aphids, you'll find poetry under her petals and hips shaking her stem. Their love for hashem is the light of their life. If you ever hear song or power in her voice, it all comes from her momma.
Healing Ourselves: A feminist Jewish ritual for survivors
Suzanne Amor
As we heal the world from the impacts of patriarchy, we must also heal ourselves. Survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence are invited to participate in a feminist Jewish ritual for healing. Sharing is optional. "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare." -Audre Lorde
Suzanne Amor is CA state certified sexual assault & domestic violence advocate and support group facilitator. They have 5 years of experience teaching about sexism, cisgenderism, gender equity, and violence prevention. They currently work for a grassroots feminist non-profit: Shalom Bayit--a domestic violence intervention & prevention agency that serves the Bay Area Jewish community.
Midrash Theater: Story of Hagar
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Read the biblical text of Hagar, and unpack transform, expand, recreate the story through theater in light of the impact of sexism, racism, Islamophobia and class issues on the story. We divide into small groups and perform for each other to explore the possible dimensions of the story.
One of first 10 women rabbis in J history, pioneer Jewish feminist, visual and performing artist, kick ass activist, author of She Who Dwells Within (1995) Harper, SF, board chair of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, director of Youth & Family Programming at Chochmat Halev and funny person.