13 2019

Evening of Unlearning

6:45PM - 9:00PM  

Congregation Kehillath Israel 384 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

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$ Cost $ 18.00

Program timing:
6:15 p.m.       Doors open
6:45 p.m.       Program begins promptly
7:00 p.m.       Workshops begin
8:00 p.m.       Christian Picciolini speaks
9:00 p.m.       Event ends

Join us to hear former extremist Christian Picciolini discuss how unlearning hate helped him transform from a leader in the American white power movement to a global peace advocate.

Before Christian speaks, enjoy drinks and appetizers, and choose from five interactive mini-workshops that will explore the theme of Jewish diversity (see descriptions below).

You won’t want to miss this unexpected evening!


Visualize Your (Jewish) Values, led by Sarah Rubenstein
Channel your inner artist! In this workshop, we’ll share traditions that we celebrate within our communities and discuss values that keep us going every day. We’ll take all that inspiration and create a work of art that blends our identity, purpose, and Judaism, all with the help of some colored pencils.

From Adafina to Zaatar: Crafting Jewish Identity, Culinarily, led by Sara Gardner

If you could pick one food that represents your Jewish identity, what would it be? In this session, we’ll learn about and taste Jewish food from across the diaspora while exploring the ways we express our Jewish identities through food. Come one, come all, come hungry!

Songs for Change: Your Voice Has Power, led by Michael Harlow
Come lend your voice and share your thoughts! Music has a rich history with regard to community organizing and protest movements. Explore how music and lyrics can inspire and push agendas of social change and how our Jewish values manifest in community singing and moral development.

Out of the Text Box: A Spiritual Reset, led by Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen

Journal, discuss, decompress. Take some time for a spiritual reset through words & silence. Using our own writing and texts from our tradition, we’ll prep for Christian’s talk together, exploring what it means to forge one’s own path, to “unlearn” that which we’ve been taught, and to find the courage it takes to do so.

Mindful Movement and Self Love, led by Abby Zwetchkenbaum

Through mindfulness and yoga, we will reflect personally and as a community. How can positive energy, gratitude, and presence help unite us? Arrive at your mat for a fun-for-all-levels flow!