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Jewish Belonging for Every Body: Weight Stigma & Mental Health (A Free Webinar)
February 7 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
with Rabbi Minna Bromberg, PhD
February 7th, 2021 @ 12 PM EST
REGISTER HERE: tinyurl.com/jewishbelonging
Co-sponsored by Fat Torah and the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project
Our Jewish communities are meant to be warm and welcoming spaces where people can truly feel a deep sense of belonging. But too often, weight stigma–sometimes blatant, but often quite subtle–creates a barrier to full involvement. This stigma not only manifests in physical barriers like chairs that don’t accommodate the largest among us, but more insidiously in words expressed by clergy or community members. Either way, the message is clear: fat people are not fully embraced in community and thin people–women especially–feel they need to police themselves lest they become fat. As studies have shown, weight stigma contributes to negative health outcomes, including increased risk of depression, anxiety, disordered eating, low self-esteem and other mental health issues. Our Jewish values call on us to learn more about this form of stigma. And Jewish tradition itself can offer powerful guidance on how to create communities that welcome every body. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to be more aware of how and when weight stigma occurs, and what you can do to confront it in order to build a more just and inclusive community.
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. Minna is founder and president of Fat Torah–an organization which provides consultation to communities that are ready to work on inclusivity for all bodies, supervision for professionals in numerous fields who are deepening the connections between spirituality and body liberation and mentoring for folks engaged in healing their souls and healing the world from fatphobia. 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. You can find more info at minnabromberg.com or fattorah.com.
The Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP) is a partnership between CJP and the Ruderman Family Foundation that supports synagogues in creating communities where people of all abilities are valued equally and participate fully. We offer access to local and national inclusion experts, consultations to develop innovative synagogue inclusion strategies, and opportunities for congregational communities to teach, network, and share best practices.