Israeli Women Living in the Shadow of War
Monday, September 8 | 1:00PM EDT
Free! In this seminar we will explore the recent (ongoing) operation "Protective Edge" and how it has impacted Israeli women and families. Questions to be explored include:
- Sirens and rockets - what does "No one was hurt, and the rocket landed in an open field?" really mean?
- "My son is in Gaza - am I going crazy?"
- What is a resilient response? Can we teach resilience?
Naomi L. Baum, Ph.D. is a psychologist working as an international consultant in the field of psychologicalmanagement of traumas and disasters with an emphasis on resilience. She recently completed a 12 year tenure at the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma where she created and implemented programs for resilience building in Israel and worldwide. Previous to that she directed the Psychological Services Unit at the Gush Ezion Regional Council and lectured in psychology at Herzog College and David Yellin College. She received her BA in psychology with honors from Bar Ilan University, and her MA and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, PA She is the author of the recently published book, "Life Unexpected: A Trauma Psychologist Journeys through Breast Cancer," available on Amazon. She is a mother of seven and grandmother of twelve, and lives in Israel.
A Cry from the Soul: Women and Hilkhot Shofar
Thursday, September 11 | 8:30PM EDT
Join Dr. Carmella Abraham for an exploration of the sources, halakhot and minhagim surrounding women blowing shofar. Topics to be discussed include:
- Whose obligation can a woman fulfill?
- Is Elul shofar blowing considered different?
- What room is there to include more women in the mitzvah of shofar blowing?
In parallel, Carmella has been active in the White Plains, NY community serving as chair and gaba’it of Women’s Tefillah. She co-founded her community’s partnership minyan Shira Chadasha of White Plains, also serving as gaba’it. She has prepared many B’not Mitzva for meaningful prayer services and celebrations. In addition, she co founded the Rosh Chodesh Group of the HIWP and the Israel Action Committee of the 5 Synagogues of White Plains. Carmella is currently a third year student at Yeshivat Maharat. She lives in White Plains with her husband Dr Steven Kubersky and their three children.
Grassroots Organizing 101
Tuesday, September 16 | 8:30PM EDT
Free! Please join us for an introduction to Grassroots Organizing with Rachel Ackoff, Senior Organizer at the American Jewish World Service (AJWS).
Want to create change in your community but don't know how to get started? Join us as we learn from an experienced organizer who can help you identify first steps. You will learn the three principles of effective organizing, skills for deliberate relationship building, and tips for recruiting fellow change agents. You will walk out of this session with the confidence to start organizing your community for change.
Currently a Senior Organizer at American Jewish World Service, Rachel Ackoff works to mobilize American Jews and other supporters of human rights to advocate for policies that will improve the lives of women, girls, and LGBT people in the developing world through the We Believe campaign. Previously, Rachel served as the Associate Washington Representative for the Sierra Club’s Labor and Trade Program, and as the Electoral Project Director at United States Student Association, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse student organization. Rachel completed a dual masters in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Studies at NYU as a Truman Scholar, Wexner Fellow, and Lisa Goldberg Fellow. During her time at NYU, Rachel did organizing fellowships with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Manhattan Together and South Bronx Churches, and Kav LaOved, an Israeli workers' rights organization.
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