Last month, we hosted a space to come together as a community to process the current situation in Israel and Gaza. Our community, as well as our staff, is not monolithic – we contain a broad range of perspectives on this issue. In listening to these perspectives, we have centered three core emotions echoing in our community: grief, fear and hope. For this event we gathered as one community to break bread together and share a bit from our hearts. Then, we offered a choice between three small group conversations, each facilitated by a member of our staff, that centered one of these three emotions.
In 2024, we are committed to holding more space for our community to process as this war continues. We’ve decided to launch a monthly gathering, rotating between grief, fear and hope. Every session is drop-in and you can come to as many or as few as you feel called to attend.
Our first session will be a grief circle facilitated by Tribe 12’s Rabbinic Intern Molly Paul. This is a space for all who are grieving, whether that be for loss of life, loss of beliefs, loss of community, or anything else. This will be a space for all who want to be held in their grief. Together we will write and reflect, read poetry, and allow song and our voices to help us explore and make space for our grief. This session will be held at The Weitzman on January 31st from 7-8pm.
For the other two gatherings, save the dates:
February 26th – Hope: Discussion Across Difference
March 27th – Fear Writing Circle
Tribe 12 connects people in their 20s/30s to Jewish life and community in Philadelphia today so they will choose to stay connected tomorrow. We welcome people who identify as Jewish, whose partner is Jewish, or who are exploring Judaism. Tribe 12 seeks to include all individuals regardless of gender or identity expression, religious history and practice, and financial circumstances. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including disabled individuals, to engage fully. If you require any accommodations please see our page on accommodations. Feel free to contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org