Starting in the fall of 2021, the Jewish world will enter its “sabbatical” or Shmitta year. Join Rabbi Natan Margalit and Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife in exploring: SHMITTA: A YEAR OF LETTING GO-JEWISH PRACTICES OF JUSTICE, FREEDOM, AND EQUALITY. Shmitta, which means “leting go,” is an ancient biblical practice of releasing debts, land, and property that is now being revived and re-imagined by Jews around the world, who are finding innovative ways of releasing for equal and social justice, spiritual nourishment, and communal flourishing. Join us as we explore the ancient wisdom in Jewish sources and integrate Shmitta practices, ultimately creating our own Shmitta action plan for ourselves and our communities.
When: Wednesdays, 8-9:30 PM EDT
Dates: April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12 (6 sessions)
* Hebrew College offers generous financial assistance.
Natan Margalit is a member of the Va’ad (steering committee and core faculty) of the Aleph Ordination Program and serves as chair of their Rabbinic Texts department. He is also the Director of the AOP’s Earth-Based Judaism Program. He is Founder of Organic Torah, fostering holistic thinking about Judaism, environment and society, which is a program of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
Keshira haLev Fife is a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) and queer Jew of Color who delights in serving as a Community Leader.She is the Executive Director of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, founder/co-leader of Kesher Pittsburgh and Program Director of the ALEPH Kesher Fellowship and lead facilitator for Keshet’s GLBTQ+ Jewish Youth of Color programming. Keshira received her smicha in 2017 from the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.