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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Penny Rosenwasser (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988918714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988918719
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,684,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hope into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears...is a book for everyone, even recovering Catholics ...Hope floats throughout this book and the question, "What could Jewishness be without suffering or victimhood?" is asked in joy not shame. It is a question for all faith traditions." --Kate Clinton, The Progressive Magazine (December 2013 issue)

"The beauty of this book lies in its insistence that our healing is never separate from our politics. How we treat others is inherently linked to how we treat ourselves, and when we harm others, we cause harm to ourselves." Wendy Elisheva Somerson, Tikkun.org, tikkun.org/nextgen/the-politics-of-jewish-healing

" I felt that she was writing to me and my cohort of young adult, Jewish female community organizers and activists trying to live a principled life in a world rife with contradictions ...[The book's] pages are saturated with Rosenwasser's brilliant thinking and unwavering love for the Jewish people...I was brought to tears more than once...Hope into Practice is an absolutely inspiring call to action. Because, if not together, how?" -- Liz Manlin, JewishCurrents.org --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

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

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

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

The Jewish women you'll meet in this book will inspire you, make you laugh, and challenge you to be more fierce. 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 teaching story for all of us. -Akaya Windwood, President, Rockwood Leadership Institute

A powerful tool for today's Jewish activists. Rosenwasser challenges us to ask what Jewishness could be without suffering or victimhood--questions asked with joy, not shame.
Hope Into Practice acknowledges that we cannot wait to heal all our wounds before we 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
Penny Rosenwasser is the author of Visionary Voices, Women on Power --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

A life-long heartfelt rabble-rouser for social justice, Penny Rosenwasser earned her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Transformational Learning & Change. Penny is former Jewish Caucus Chair of the National Women's Studies Association and is a founding board member of Jewish Voice for Peace. She teaches an Anti-Semitism/Anti-Arabism class with a Palestinian colleague at the City College of San Francisco and belongs to Kehilla Synagogue. Transplanted to Oakland, Calfornia, from Northern Virgina/Washington, DC,Penny is a former performing folk musician and radio host; she loves fooling around on the ukelele, drumming on the dumbek, and snorkeling in search of sea turtles and spotted eagle rays.

For info on any upcoming book readings and events, see http://www.pennyrosenwasser.com

To date, Hope into Practice has been reviewed in the following national journals: JewishCurrents.org, The Progressive Magazine, Tikkun.org, Lilith.

Penny is in the middle of a 50-event national book tour -- including these universities: Harvard, DePaul, U. of Minnesota, U. of Victoria, Syracuse U., CSU Northridge, the California Institute of Integral Studies -- and synagogues or synagogue/Jewish-related events in Brooklyn, Chicago, Ithaca, LA,Ann Arbor, Madison, Boston, Cleveland, Vancouver and Atlanta.

If you'd like to hear a little more about my new book, check out my video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0ykLp876tQ&feature=youtu.be

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Reading this book was a very moving experience and I will be recommending it to others.
Snoozer
There are many voices from members of a Jewish women's group reflected in the book expressing relationships with self, others and the earth.
Curious Writer
Like Marc Ellis and Judith Plaskow, Rosenwasser proves that the prophetic Jewish voice is still alive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Higbie on October 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It is so well written, with a big heart, deep analysis and a path for action. Timely and important information for all citizens of the world, both Jews and Gentiles.
Highly highly highly recommended.
Barbara Higbie
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Snoozer on November 22, 2013
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I found this book truly inspiring, enlightening to me as a Gentile woman. The hope and joy that shone through gave my great hope for the future. The sharing of the realities of the generational pain carried by Jewish women humbled me but also explained why Israel is so governed by fear. My admiration for the American Jewish women and men who stand alongside the Palestinians and continue to protest the Israeli occupation, knows no bounds. When I was in the States 25 years ago I attended the UN Special Session on The Question of Palestine and there met Jewish people who were against the Occupation.I thought them remarkable and courageous people and this book confirms that original impression a thousand fold. Reading this book was a very moving experience and I will be recommending it to others.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wildflowerboy on September 29, 2013
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This is a book that every person, Jewish or gentile, female or not, needs to read as soon as possible. I really can't recommend it enough. Written by Penny Rosenwasser, a founding board member of Jewish Voice For Peace and former Jewish Caucus Chair of the National Women's Studies Association, "Hope Into Practice Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears" exemplifies the Jewish ethical tradition of social justice activism. Clearly, Rosenwasser, a Jewish radical lesbian feminist and anti-war organizer, understands the meaning of tikkun olam and I assure you that after reading this book you too will feel inspired to take to the streets to repair the world. In this book, Rosenwasser makes the crucial point that Jewish liberation is interconnected with the liberation of all oppressed people, whether they are African-American, undocumented immigrants, queer or transgender, homeless, or Palestinian. Like Marc Ellis and Judith Plaskow, Rosenwasser proves that the prophetic Jewish voice is still alive. Emphasizing the importance for Jewish activists to heal ourselves of internalized anti-Semitism as we simultaneously work to transform unjust systems like the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, this book demands that we love ourselves enough to confront our fears without allowing them to control us. Quoting Warsaw Ghetto survivor Irena Klepfisz, Rosenwasser suggests that we recontextualize the Shoah to move "toward a Jewish future that is informed, but not defined" by it. While not minimizing the horror of the Nazi Holocaust, Rosenwasser believes that our Jewishness should not be dominated by this tragedy, keeping us stuck in the past in a perpetual state of trauma, unable to engage with current struggles.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curious Writer on January 2, 2014
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Penny Rosenwasser's book is beautifully written and an exhilarating read. I'm a Jew but I renounced religious practice many years ago because of its relentless history of atrocities in the name of whatever God it was representing at the time . . . But Rosenwasser's book gives me hope. It rekindled my spirituality, connection to community, and call to action. There are many voices from members of a Jewish women's group reflected in the book expressing relationships with self, others and the earth. At one point, Rosenwasser quotes an activist who said, “There’s a new Jewish identity, one that is multigenerational, multiethnic, multisexual, a united front against bigotry and xenophobic nationalism, and for all forms of equality." I can relate to that! As the participants in the group work through their internalized oppression, their activism and humanity becomes more viable to them -- and quite visible to the reader. So whether or not you are Jewish, or religious, or a woman, many of the ideas in this brilliant book will resonate and inspire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Berlowitz on December 26, 2013
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Though its title seemed wordy to me at first, the multiple and diverse voices in Penny Rosenwasser's most recent book gradually and clearly illustrated each of the title's concepts. Without feeling preached to, I learned new lessons in self-awareness, self-actualization, and activism, and gained a new "Jewish-positive" attitude. The variety of tones and styles is unified by the consistent documentation in the many pages of end notes, expanded on Penny's website. The learning modules recommended for group (or individual) practice reflect the methodology of an experienced and sensitive teacher, and in fact I think the book should be required reading for Jewish Studies and Women's Studies courses, as well as informal book groups. I recommend a slow, meditative reading, allowing the carefully chosen language to penetrate the heart, for Jews as well as gentiles, and for women as well as men and people of all genders, for anyone with a mind willing to be opened just a bit more by Penny Rosenwasser's generous spirit.
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