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May 26th, 2024

A Radical's Guide to the Jewish Year

Rabbis Ariana Katz and Jessica Rosenberg discusses their new book, For Times Such As These: A Radical's Guide to the Jewish Year, a guide for creative ritual, an exploration of anti-Zionist Judaism, and invitation to embody decolonial, anti-racist, queer practice. Cosponsored by Yesod Farm+Kitchen and Asheville Jewish Voice for Peace!

With a chapter for each month, For Times Such as These offers spiritual practices and holiday rituals rooted in movements for racial justice, decolonization, feminism, and queer and trans liberation. Each chapter opens with an invocation by liturgist Dori Midnight, illuminated by artist Sol Weiss. Highlighting each month's spiritual and cultural qualities, Katz & Rosenberg summarize and provide commentary on Torah readings; examine the texts, histories, and contemporary customs of Jewish holidays; and offer questions to reflect on and engage spiritually with the month. This contemporary companion to the Jewish year cycle is not only an educational resource in Jewish tradition, holidays, and ritual, but a bellwether for radical Jews who want their lives and practice to be rooted in their political commitments. The book dives into core questions of leftist Jewish life in this time, which we will explore together at this event.

This event will include reading from the book, discussion with the authors, and optional invitations to meet other attendees. 

Rabbi Ariana Katz is the founding rabbi of Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl, a warm and joyful congregation in Baltimore, MD. Rabbi Ariana graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in the spring of 2018. She is a queer white Ashkenazi femme 4th generation Philadelphian who sees rooted ritual and radical organizing as her Jewish legacy. Rabbi Ariana was the creator and host of Kaddish, a podcast about death and identity, and co-host of the forthcoming podcast God Crush with Pastor Lura Groen. She is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council, and helps create the Radical Jewish Calendar. She is passionate about abortion clinic escorting, diaspora-made Judaica, radical Jewish calendars, care webs, and queer aesthetics.

Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg currently resides on Dakota land, also home to the Anishinaabe, known as South Minneapolis. She became a rabbi in order to learn diverse and nuanced histories, tell stories, and create spaces, ritual, and organizing that helps transform our relationships to past, present and future. She is a collective member of the Radical Jewish Calendar project, and organizes with Matir Asurim: Jewish Care Network for Incarcerated People and as part of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council. She is a writer and teacher on integrating trauma-informed pedagogy into Jewish education, ritual and organizing, and authored an Introduction to Trauma, Healing and Resilience for Rabbis, Jewish Educators and Organizers.

Yesod Farm+Kitchen seeks collective liberation with land through Jewish farming and mutual aid. As diasporic Jews, they steward 15 acres of Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee) homeland in Western North Carolina.

Jewish Voice for Peace is the largest progressive Jewish anti-Zionist organization in the world, organizing a grassroots, multiracial, cross-class, intergenerational movement in solidarity with the Palestinian freedom struggle.

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