In our isolation, we forget that the human experience—hope, grief, fear, and wonder—is shared.
כְּאִישׁ אֶחָד בְּלֵב אֶחָד
“Like one person with one heart” (Rashi, commentary on Exodus 19:2).
ROOTS groups are micro-communities of 8-12 adults who are confronting a family building challenge. Each session is led by a Spiritual Advisor and a volunteer who hosts the group in their home to create a reflective space for peer support and loving comfort in Jewish wisdom and ritual. Groups meet multiple times in a Jewish calendar year for ‘Jewish moments’ like these:
· March 2020 “Masks and Masquerades: A Purim Gathering”
· April 2020 “Finding Freedom for Ourselves at Passover”
· September 2020 “Healing Hannah: Facing the High Holy Days”
With a generous grant from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, four ROOTS groups are starting:
- Boston: Partnership with Temple Israel of Boston
- Brookline: Partnership with Congregation Kehillath Israel
- Cambridge: Independent group led by Uprooted staff
- Metrowest: Partnership with Temple Beth Shalom, Needham
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:
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 Becca Shimshak, Co-founder, at (646) 872-6113 or Stacie Baker, Therapeutic Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.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.