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Choosing Justice: Bringing Tikkun Olam Home to Our Communities

November 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST
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One event on November 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm

401 City Center Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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Choosing Justice: Bringing Tikkun Olam Home to Our Communities
Join us for an exciting interactive virtual speaker series moderated by Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone in conversation with leaders at the forefront of racial justice, collective healing, and change-making in our communities. The series will provide us and our communities with creative opportunities for critical reflection on race, religion, and identity, and will generate authentic and meaningful conversation so that we can show up in the world with more sensitivity and compassion.


Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD, is an author, Jungian psychotherapist, and Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. Ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi in 1992, she is a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement, a renowned Jewish scholar, and teaches internationally on the topic of intergenerational trauma healing. Her latest work, Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma (Monkfish, 2019) is the recipient of the 2020 Nautilus Book Award Gold in Psychology and the Jewish Women’s Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology 2020 book award. www.tirzahfirestone.com | @tirzahfire


Dr. Anita Sanchez
Indigenous Educator and Award-Winning Author

Indigenous Women for Healing Intergenerational Trauma
October 10, 2021,
Program description:
We will discuss why indigenous wisdom for healing intergenerational trauma is important for this time of great upheaval and transformation. Dr. Anita Sanchez, Nahua (Aztec), and Mexican American will share Indigenous perspectives on “good medicine” and “bad medicine,” the Eagle Hoop Prophecy, and the promise of the four sacred gifts to support us to be and live in harmony with ourselves, each other, and the earth. The four sacred gifts are:

  • Power to Forgive the Unforgivable, Power of Healing, Power of Unity, Power of Hope in Action

Dr. Anita Sanchez, Nawat (Aztec) and Mexican American, is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach, and author of the international award-winning book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times. She bridges indigenous teachings with the latest science to inspire and equip women and men to enjoy meaningful, empowered lives and careers. She is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council, and Board member of Bioneers, Evolutionary Business Council, and the Pachamama Alliance. Anita leads an annual journey into the sacred headwaters of the Amazon. Anita is passionate about “inspiring people to discover and trust their gifts so that they become a life-giving connection to people and to the planet.” Conscious Company Media 2020 World Changing Woman & World Woman Foundation #SheismyHero awards. To learn more about The Four Sacred Gifts’ self-paced online course, and to download the free song that is based on her book, visit www.FourSacredGifts.com. For more information please visit: www.SanchezTennis.com


Freedom Cartwright
American Descendant of Slavery and Racial Justice Activist and Educator

To Bear Witness
October 24, 2021, 6:30pm EVENT HAS PASSED
Program Description:
Through her tour company, Freedom Rail Tours, Freedom Cartwright brings folks to Montgomery, Alabama, the Cradle of the Confederacy in the Heart of Dixie, to bear witness to the legacy of enslavement, lynching, segregation, and mass incarceration. In this program, we will virtually tour Montgomery together. Through story and imagery, voices that have been silenced and suppressed will be heard and received. Freedom will guide simple practices for bringing awareness to sensations and feelings that arise and provide support for connecting with ancestors. Participants will need a journal and pen, three blank pieces of paper, and a space that is conducive to contemplation.

Freedom Cartwright is an American Descendant of Slavery and Founder of Freedom Rail Tours. Through her tours to the Cradle of the Confederacy in Montgomery, Alabama, she allows the voices of the silenced and suppressed to be heard, received, and celebrated. Freedom’s deep desire is to facilitate the celebration of blackness and the ancestors whose presence is essential in the healing of communities and nations. For more information please visit: www.freedomrailtours.com


Ilana Kaufman
Executive Director, Jews of Color Initiative

Beyond the Count: Perspectives and Lived Experiences of Jews of Color
November 9, 2021, 6:30pm EVENT HAS PASSED
Program description:
Ilana will share findings from Beyond the Count, the latest research commissioned by the Jews of Color Initiative. This was a national study to dig deeper into collective experiences and perspectives of Jews of Color such as experiences of community building, racial discrimination, and Jewish identity. The Count Me In study was conducted by a multi-racial research team at Stanford University, and the findings will be used to implement change in Jewish communities.

Earlier this year, more than 1,000 Jews of Color (JoCs) completed the “Count Me In” Survey. Now, you can join the conversation to hear the findings and learn how we can develop, amplify, and sustain Jewish communities and leaders that reflect and represent all Jews.

  • How do JoCs think about Jewish identity?
  • What have been the experiences of JoCs in Jewish communities?
  • How has systemic racism affected JoCs in Jewish spaces?
  • How can the Jewish community better reflect the range of experiences and identities of all Jews?

We’ll dive into these and other questions.

Ilana Kaufman’s work sits at the center of Jewish Community, Racial Equity, and Justice is anchored by the voices and experience of Jews of Color and is focused on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education. Ilana is the Executive Director of the Jews of Color Initiative. For more information please visit https://jewsofcolorinitiative.org/who-we-are/.


Dr. Penny Rosenwasser
Jewish Social Justice Educator, Author, and Facilitator
Choosing Justice Despite our Fears: Uprooting Internalized Antisemitism & White Supremacy
November 14, 2021, 6:30pm
Program description:
Dr. Rosenwasser will share stories, experiential practices, and lessons learned from her ongoing journey as a white Ashkenazi anti-racist Jew: a path of unlearning patterns of racism and internalized Jewish oppression, self-reflection, solidarity, and relationship-building, and the intertwining of Jewish self-love with social justice. She will cite her experience of transformational anti-racism work going on at the Kehilla Synagogue in Oakland, CA, as a model for social justice reform in the Jewish community.

Penny Rosenwasser, Ph.D., is a white Ashkenazi Jewish social justice educator, author, and facilitator. She earned her Ph.D. in Transformational Learning & Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Rosenwasser is the former chair of the Jewish Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association and co-teaches an Antisemitism/Anti-Arabism class at City College of San Francisco. Currently, she helps lead a year-long racial justice initiative at the 1000-member Kehilla Synagogue in Oakland, CA, and co-leads the synagogue White affinity group. Rosenwasser is a public speaker and workshop leader on issues of anti-Semitism, White supremacy, activism, and internalized oppression. Her third book, Hope into Practice, Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears, won the Association for Women in Psychology, 2014 Jewish Caucus Award for Scholarship. For more information please visit PennyRosenwasser.com.

Passport Members – FREE
Non-Members – $10 per event
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This program is presented in partnership with the Boulder JCC, The Siegel JCC in Wilmington, The White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, The Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, The JCC Greater Boston, The Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City, and The United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula.


Date: November 9
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Venue Name:
Address: 401 City Center Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
Phone: 757-930-1422


Organizer Name: Jessi Malkin