Racial Justice from the Inside Out: Embodied practice for White-bodied Jews
With Ariella Tilsen, Lucy Marshall, and Rabbi Debra Rappaport
6:30pm on monthly Thursdays: February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15
Cost is only the commitment of your time & energy
You may be aware of the groundbreaking book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem. In this book, Menakem sets out a body-centered way to understand and heal from white-body supremacy. This is not a book to just read; it’s filled with individual and collective practices to open up, address, and begin to heal from intergenerational trauma and white-body supremacy.
White-bodied Jews hold both white-body supremacy and the trauma of intergenerational antisemitism in our muscles, bones, and nervous systems. As part of our antiracism work, it is crucial to become more aware of the interplay of white-body advantage and antisemitism--and to explore some of the body-centered practices of Somatic Abolitionism.
During this monthly havurah for white-bodied Jews, which will meet for six 90-minute sessions, we will go deep inside our hearts and bodies; explore My Grandmother’s Hands; and experience how white-body supremacy and intergenerational trauma are held in white Jewish bodies. We can then begin to build a culture as white-bodied Jews that upends white body supremacy.
Ariella Tilsen is a long-time facilitator, conflict resolver, social justice/inclusion leadership coach, and mediator who weaves together years of Jewish spiritual and Buddhist practices. Ariella worked with Resmaa Menakem during the early development of My Grandmother’s Hands.
Lucy Marshall is a Jewish educator, artist, facilitator and youth worker. Lucy is currently pursuing her MSW at the University of Minnesota and interning at Shir Tikvah.