HI FOLKS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME REACH MY GOAL IN 8 DAYS! IF IT WORKS FOR YOU TO SEND ADDITIONAL FUNDS, I CAN DEFINITELY USE THEM TO PAY FOR PRINTING MY BOOKS -- SINCE I NEED TO PAY IN ADVANCE TO PRINT BOOKS FOR AK PRESS TO DISTRIBUTE TO BOOKSTORES AND LIBRARIES. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
HELP ME TAKE MY BOOK ON THE ROAD!!
HOPE Into PRACTICE, Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears
When I first read the Table of Contents, I was surprised to feel tears arise: tears of need, hunger, yearning, promise. Penny’s book is filled with wild, truthful, and exuberant voices, you can feel their spirits in their words. –Rabbi Margaret Holub
Yep, “Thank you” is what I thought I was supposed to say, when told I didn’t “look Jewish.” Unbelievable, eh?
What will make it irresistible for Jewish women to free ourselves of ways we’ve been (unconsciously) taught to feel, deep inside, that there is something wrong with us? It’s what I call internalized anti-Semitism, also internalized sexism. My new book – Hope into Practice, Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears -- responds with a juicy blend of healing stories, fascinating history, and also a fair-minded perspective on Israel-Palestine—asking us to love ourselves enough to have the courage to face our Jewish fears, without acting on them.
An activist’s call to repair the world, Hope into Practice is anchored in Jewish ethical tradition and community. AND to help it be most useful, I’ve included an action-oriented Reader’s Guide, for groups and individuals. For nearly six years, I’ve been birthing this book and I’m so excited to get it out there! Scroll down to read some eloquent testimonials…
What’s in it for You!
Life experience has taught me that the better we feel about who we are and where we come from, the better we’ll treat other people -- and the more positive/powerful our activism will be in creating a just and generous world. And the more joyful, expansive and meaningful our own lives will be. That’s the bottom line of Hope into Practice, and why I want to launch it around this country, wherever I can: to bookstores, Jewish gatherings, women’s centers, queer gatherings, universities, house parties, you name it.
Hope into Practice is about Jewish women in the U.S., but it’s for everyone who cares about Jewish women, about Jews, about women (including those who identify as trans, gender-queer.)
I’m so ready – and I need your help! If you can spare the funds to help me raise enough to take my book on the road this year, I’d be thrilled. In exchange, you could receive a first edition, autographed, first-run copy of Hope into Practice (424 pages), plus more copies to use as gifts, and even copies of my other books – not to mention a ton of gratitude and virtual hugs from me!
And soon you could also help by bringing me to give a reading, and/or a workshop, to your community, group, synagogue, school, or local bookstore. Visit my website for more info about the book and event possibilities, and to contact me: www.PennyRosenwasser.com.
Funds to Raise
I want to raise $7500 to fund airfare for a bunch of mini-book-tours all over the country this year, from New York to Ohio, North Carolina to San Diego, Michigan to Seattle. Because of my job commitments, I can’t take one big chunk of time to do this, so I’ll schedule week-long tour-lets throughout the year. Based on fares for recent flights I’ve taken, $7500 is my best guess for overall expenses, including rental cars, meals, and motels when I can’t find community housing. I need to raise this by OCTOBER 15, so hope you can help -- and if I raise more, I’ll use those funds to print more books. (For my last 2 books, I organized 30-city book tours across many states, so I know I can make this happen!)
A Little About Me…
Some of you are already friends and
family. But for those who don’t know me, I’m a lifelong heartfelt – Jewish loud and proud – rabble-rouser for
social justice. I’ve publishedVisionary Voices, Women on Power: Conversations with
shamans, activists, teachers, artists and healers (Aunt Lute Books) and Voices from a ‘Promised Land’; Palestinian
& Israeli peace activists speak their hearts (Curbstone Press),and I earned my Ph.D. at the California
Institute of Integral Studies in Transformational Learning & Change.
Former Jewish Caucus Chair of the National Women’ Studies Association, I was also a founding board member of Jewish Voice for Peace. For many years I was a performing folk musician, and later a community radio (KPFA) host and producer. I also belong to Kehilla Synagogue in Oakland, California, and I teach an Anti-Semitism/ Anti-Arabism class with a Palestinian colleague at the City College of San Francisco.
What some amazing folks have said about Hope into Practice…
A wonderful, gutsy, and inspiring book. Penny Rosenwasser takes on the most explosive issues in American Jewish life today—racism and anti-Semitism, victimization and privilege, and Jewish politics around Israel and Palestine—and she does it with a generosity of spirit and a clear head. A vision of a progressive Jewishness for a multicultural 21st century comes through proud and clear. –Karen Brodkin, author of How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America
This is a book about liberation from our narrow places and the power to change the world. No matter who you are, you’ll learn something new about being human.–Noah T. Winer, Co-founder, MoveOn.org; Board member, Jewish Voice for Peace
A powerful tool for today's Jewish activists. Based on the bold assumption that communal and individual healing is integral to justice work, Rosenwasser's multi-disciplinary book is written from a poignant, personal perspective. Hope into Practice allows readers to reflect on their own struggles with Jewish identity, queerness, and ethical commitment in order to imagine a better future. A must-read for all Jewish feminists!–Alainya Kavaloski, Jewish Caucus Chair, National Women’s Studies Association
A teaching story for all of us.–Akaya Windwood, President, Rockwood Leadership Institute
Hope Into Practice acknowledges that we cannot wait to heal all our wounds before we can act–but cannot wait until our movements are successful before we turn to our healing.–Marjorie Dove Kent, Executive Director, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
And finally, just so you know, Hope into Practice…
* Reclaims a loud-proud (not superior) joyful Jewishness
* Invites us to reframe internalized voices that tell Jewish women we are Too Much or Not Enough, that no one wants us, that it's dangerous to be visible, that we can't trust anyone, that we are the Lone Ranger, that we have to appear tough, that the whole world is really against Jews.
* Insists on the centrality of Jewish multiculturalism, meaning full inclusion of Jews of color, Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews, and Jews of other ethnicities and hyphenated identities
* Calls for liberatory healing, bringing our bodies and whole selves into the act, on healing trauma and rebuilding aliveness
* Advocates for changing unfair systems, including in the US, including US policies regarding Israel-Palestine; it calls for security, equality, dignity, self-determination and full human rights for Israelis and Palestinians
* Shines a light on Jewish resistance struggles and on our allies, and asks us for the courage to face our fears without acting on them -- to choose justice despite our fears -- linking personal healing with tikkun olam, or mending the world.
Thanks so much for any kind of support you can give!
Also find this campaign on: Facebook, www.PennyRosenwasser.com