Join us for a series of third Friday shabbat gatherings. We'll share blessings and songs and then learn with a featured speaker on a theme of social justice. These Shabbat gatherings are free to attend; please consider a donation to support this and other programs at TIG! You can contribute by mailing a check or using our online donation page
February 19 at 7PM: Farming While Black with speaker Leah Penniman.
Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer, author, mother, and food justice activist who has been tending the soil and organizing for an anti-racist food system for over 20 years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color led project that works toward food and land justice. Her book isFarming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. Find out more about Leah's work atwww.soulfirefarm.org and follow her @soulfirefarm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Full bio here. Ms. Penniman will be speaking from her latest book, Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice.
March 19 at 7PM: Resilience and Hope in a Pandemic Year with speaker Amy Leos-Urbel
Over the past year, our country has faced a perfect storm of challenges: pandemic, economic collapse, and political turmoil - all against a backdrop of the climate crisis. For Jews in particular, we have been confronted, on a daily basis, with the 3 core elements of our historical oppression: blame, isolation, and terror; along with weaponizing of anti-semitism to divide and derail those who work for social justice. Fortunately, Jewish tradition contains tools for survival and resilience, guiding us in the direction of compassion, self-care, and connection. Together we will explore strategies for strengthening ourselves and our community, building alliances, and sustaining hope.
Amy Leos-Urbel leads classes and workshops on healing from the effects of anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression. Amy is co-author of the booklet "Anti-Semitism: Why Is It Everyone's Concern?" and the western MA team leader for the project Jews and Allies United to End Anti-Semitism. She is a long-time member of Congregation B'nai Israel in Northampton, where she is co-chair of the Tikkun Olam committee.