Jewish Somatics for Building Stronger Cultures of Antiracism & Anti-Oppression
Doors open & vegetarian dinner available starting at 5:45pm
In this workshop, we’ll strengthen our understanding of the dynamics at play in the context of racialized identity and interpersonal relations in and around Jewish communal environments. We’ll explore the role of the nervous system in how we respond to what's happening around us; how societal messaging and racist ideology can hijack our nervous system responses — and what to do about that. We’ll work with tools and skills that enable us to appropriately respond to a variety of situations with awareness and discernment.
** Accessibility note: The workshop will include some very light guided movement practices as well as discussion and frontal learning. All bodies are welcome. Please dress in comfortable, unrestrictive clothing to the extent possible.
Yoshi Silverstein (he/him) is a Chinese-Ashkenazi-American Jew and an educator, designer, speaker, husband, and father. Selected as a 2021 “Grist 50 Fixer” building a more just and equitable future, Yoshi’s work weaves tapestries of embodied spiritual practice, somatics and antiracism, and nourishing the body and soul through meaning making, purposeful connection, and creative expression. He is a Senior Schusterman fellow, a community organizer for Edot: The Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity and Racial Justice Collaborative, an adjunct faculty member at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and a member of Repair the World’s Board of Directors.This fall, Yoshi received the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for outstanding leadership in the field of Jewish education. Yoshi lives in the Cleveland area on Erie, Mississauga, and Haudenosaunee land with his wife and daughter.
Co-sponsored by Jewish Community Relations Council, B’nai Amoona, and Cultural Leadership