Reconnecting Ourselves with Others Throughout our Fertility Journeys

Register today! Sign-ups are accepted on a rolling basis. Groups begin meeting in December 2019 and are open to all persons on all fertility journeys.

כְּאִישׁ אֶחָד בְּלֵב אֶחָד

“Like one person with one heart” (Rashi, commentary on Exodus 19:2).

In our isolation, we forget that the human experience–hope, grief, fear, and wonder–is shared. If you are struggling to grow a family, a ROOTS group is an optional reflective space to find peer support and loving comfort in Jewish wisdom and ritual.

We can hold each other’s hearts along the way.

ROOTS groups are microcommunities of 8-12 adults who are confronting a fertility challenge. Each is led by a Spiritual Advisor and a volunteer who hosts the group in their home. They meet four to six times in a Jewish calendar year for ‘Jewish moments’ like these:

  • December 2019 “One Little Flame: A Hanukkah Candle-lighting” 
  • March 2020 “Masks and Masquerades: A Purim Gathering”
  • April 2020 “Finding Freedom for Ourselves at Passover”
  • June 2020 “In Search of Serenity: A Shabbat Reflection”
  • September 2020 “Healing Hannah: Facing the High Holy Days”
  • November 2020 “With One Heart: The ROOTS Network Shabbaton”

In partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, four ROOTS groups are starting in Cambridge, Brookline, Boston, and Needham in winter 2019 and spring 2020. Click HERE to sign up on a Google Form. There are no fees to register, and all persons–Jews, Jewishly curious persons, and Jewishly-connected partners–are welcome at ROOTS programs. To learn more or for any questions, please contact Anya Manning, Chair, Boston Initiative at (508) 561-6476 or Jonathan Wertheim, Program & General Manager, at jonathan@weareuprooted.org

These organizations are Uprooted’s creative and funding partners. We thank them for sponsoring the ROOTS groups.

Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys is a pluralistic organization. We define ‘Jewish,’ ‘man,’ ‘woman,’ and ‘fertility journeys’ broadly and inclusively to accord with our values:

  • ‘Jewish’ describes all Jews and Jewishly-curious persons or partners who self-affiliate with Judaism, Jewish values, Jewish culture, Jewish history, or Jewish peoplehood. 
  • ‘Men’ indicates cisgender men, trans men, and all persons who self-identify with the term ‘man.’
  • ‘Women’ indicates cisgender women, trans women, and all persons who self-identify with the term ‘woman.’
  • A ‘fertility journey’ is the summative, psychophysical and social experience of growing a family. For some, a fertility journey is never-ending–it is formative to their lifelong decision making, attitudes, and self-image.