Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears by Penny Rosenwasser
Reclaim a loud and proud, not superior, joyful Jewishness! Reframe internalized oppression, insist on Jewish multiculturalism, call for healing trauma, advocate for change, and shine a light on Jewish resistance struggles. Includes a 38-page Action Guide for groups and individuals.
Anchored in Jewish ethical tradition, community-building, and an activist’s call to repair the world and end racism, Hope into Practice asks Jewish women for the courage to love ourselves enough to face our fears without acting on them – to free ourselves of internalized anti-Semitism, expanding our sense of possibility, empowering our activism. This book brings to life an irresistible blend of healing stories, fascinating history, and a fair-minded perspective on Israel-Palestine, inviting us to use privilege to shift power and midwife justice. Includes action-oriented Reader’s Guide, for groups or individuals.
“Life experience has taught me that the better we feel about who we are and where we come from, the better we’ll treat other people, and the more positive and powerful our activism will be in creating a just and generous world. And the more joyful, expansive and meaningful our own lives will be. That’s the bottom line of Hope into Practice.”
Working through internalized oppression is hard work, but totally possible. And then we can fight more effectively to change systems that are immoral, violent, and unfair. Linking personal healing with social justice, we can speak out as loud and proud self-loving Jews against attacks on undocumented workers, against the rollback of abortion rights, and against the Israeli government building settlements on Palestinian land.
Hope into Practice is about Jewish women in the United States, but it’s for everyone who cares about Jewish women, about Jews, about all women, including those who identify as transgender and gender-queer.
HOPE INTO PRACTICE reclaims a loud-proud, not superior, joyful Jewishness. Invites Jewish women to reframe internalized voices that tell us we are “Too Much” or “Not Enough,” that no one wants us, that it’s dangerous to be visible, that we can’t trust anyone, that we are the Lone Ranger, that we have to appear tough, and that the whole world is really against Jews.
This book helps us to insist on the centrality of Jewish multiculturalism, meaning full inclusion of Jews of color, Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews, and Jews of other ethnicities and hyphenated identities.
Hope Into Practice calls for liberatory healing, and bringing our bodies and whole selves into the act. Healing trauma and rebuilding aliveness. Penny advocates changing unfair systems, including in the U.S., including U.S policies regarding Israel and Palestine. She calls for security, dignity, self-determination, resources, and full human rights for Israelis and for Palestinians.
Shining a light on Jewish resistance struggles, and on our allies, and asking us for the courage to face our fears without acting on them: to choose justice despite our fears, linking personal healing with tikkun olam, or mending the world.
Hope Into Practice includes a 38-page Action-Oriented Reader’s Guide to use in groups, or by individuals. ISBN 9780988918702.
Penny Rosenwasser is a life-long heartfelt rabble-rouser for justice. She earned her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Penny is former Jewish Caucus Chair of the National Women’s Studies Association and a founding board member of Jewish Voice for Peace. She teaches an Anti-Semitism/Anti-Arabism class with a Palestinian colleague at the City College of San Francisco and belongs to Kehilla Synagogue.
Penny is also a member of the European American Collaborative for Challenging Whiteness, and works as an event organizer and fundraiser. A former performing folk musician, KPFA radio host and producer, women’s music networker, festival organizer, and diversity workshop leader. She has been active on issues ranging from ending nuclear power and weapons, to feminism and queer liberation, to peace and racial justice, especially focusing on Israel-Palestine, including leading four women’s peace delegations to that region of the world. She loves fooling around on the ukelele, drumming on the dumbek, and snorkeling in search of sea turtles and spotted eagle rays.
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