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Belonging for Every Body: Fat Torah Workshop & Yizkor service

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 7 Sivan 5781

9:00 AM - 10:00 AMOnline via Zoom

Please register below for either (or both) the workshop or Yizkor service

On Shavuot, we celebrate the giving of Torah. But we are also told to bring our own gifts to the celebration, an offering of the first fruits, an offering of newness. Ideally, our interaction with our tradition is mutually nourishing in this way: we bring the best of what we have to offer and are in turn spiritually sustained by Torah—our tradition’s deepest wisdom. Too often, weight stigma—along with other oppressive forces—gets in the way of this mutual gift-giving. Fatphobia creates a barrier between us and our tradition, whether through physical inaccessibility for the largest among us, unnecessary moralizing around our traditional foodways, or by causing us—no matter our size—to devalue ourselves and feel that we have nothing to offer to Jewish communal life. Fat Torah is here to break these barriers, allowing us to connect with Jewish tradition in ways that aim to liberate all bodies. Come to this talk (with lots of time for Q and A!) to learn about the harm caused by weight stigma and about how we can free ourselves and each other from it.  Workshop hosted by Rabbi Minna Bromberg, PhD / / 

Following the workshop, we will have a yizkor memorial service in memory of those beloved who have passed.  This is a time to consider those in our lives who have made an indelible impact, and the loss left in their passing from this world.

About Rabbi Minna Bromberg, PhD:
Founder and president of Fat Torah, Rabbi Minna Bromberg, PhD is passionate about bringing her three decades of experience in fat activism to writing, teaching and change-making at the nexus of Judaism and body liberation. Her forthcoming book is Belonging for Every Body: a Fat Torah guide to building inclusive spiritual community. Minna received her doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University, with a dissertation on identity formation in interfaith couples, and was ordained at Hebrew College in 2010. Since then she has led a 250-family Conservative congregation in Reading, PA, released a fifth album of original music, and run the Year-in-Israel program for Hebrew College rabbinical students. In addition to her work with Fat Torah, Minna is a voice teacher who specializes in helping people use their voices in leading prayer. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Rabbi Dr. Alan Abrams, and their two children.

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