How do our Jewish values and heritage enrich and sustain our justice work?

Hashivenu episode 10. Listen to more episodes of Hashivenu here.

The story of Hanukkah invites us to kindle lights in the darkness, and to overcome despair with hope and action. In this spirit, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum reflects on the extraordinary work of her community, and how it embodies the fundamental connection between spiritual life and social activism. Listen to more episodes of Hashivenu here.

Teshuvah is Resilience

Rabbi David Basior on teshuvah

Rabbi Elliott Tepperman on welcoming the stranger.

Listen to more episodes of Spirit in Practice podcast here.

For continued learning:

Spiritual Activism: From Confusion to Liberation by Claudia Horwitz

Active Hope by Rabbi Toba Spitzer 

Introduction to Trauma, Healing, and Resilience by Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg

Greta and George video

For the Sin of Racism: A Racial Justice Vidui by Sarah Barasch-Hagans 

Meditation before Accompanying a Friend Facing an ICE Deportation Hearing by Sherry Fyman 

Introduction to the Book of Ruth by Miriam Grossman and Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson 

For Those Who Resist by Trisha Arlin 

Tikkun Olam: Our Turn curriculum from Avodah 

A Prayer for Wholeness By Rabbi Alex Weissman 

B’tselem Elohim: Jewish Ethics, Sexual Harassment and the Workplace of the Future by David Teutsch, Mira Wasserman and Deborah Waxman

Lessons from Rabbi Lauren by Josephine Rosman 

18 Rituals for Social Activism on Ritualwell 

Al Het for the World’s Refugees by HIAS 

Bringing Light to the Darkness by Ritualwell 

Tekhine for Planned Parenthood by Rabbi Ariana Katz 

Celebrate Your Dreams: Creative Ways to Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from Camp Havaya 

Prayer for International Human Rights Day by Rabbi Brant Rosen 

Fair Trade Shabbat by Ilana Schatz 

Food Justice Seder Additions by Jessica Steinberg 

Ethical Consumption Kavannah by Maharat Dasi Fruchter 

Bringing Holiness to the Front Lines from T’ruah 

Tikkun Olam Is Fake Judaism (A Modest Proposal) by Rabbi Maurice Harris

A Pre-March Dip by Michael Pollack 

Courage to Withstand the Ridicule of the Worldly, a prayer by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan

How to Build Just and Holy Congregations by Rabbi Elliott Tepperman

Different Modes of Ally-ship by Jonathan Greenblatt and Yavilah McCoy 

Being Allies by Rabbi Barbara Penzner

A Tikkun for Tikkun Olam? How ‘To Heal the World?’ Corrupts Debate & Endangers Judaism by David Seidenberg

Overturning an Unjust Regime? by Amy Eilberg

Separating Children From Their Families Flies in the Face of Biblical Values by Amy Eilberg 

Scapegoats on the Streets of San Francisco by Amy Eilberg

Next Year, Free: A Modern Slavery Curriculum by Rabbi Debra Orenstein, Rabbi Erin Hirsch, Nila M. Pusin, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer