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).
What is The ROOTS?
The ROOTS groups are micro-communities of 8-12 adults who are confronting a family building challenge.
Where do The ROOTS groups take place?
Each group will be hosted either in the home of a community member or a partner synagogue.
Who leads The ROOTS?
A Spiritual Advisor will guide participants through experiential learning that aims to ease the pain people feel when moving through Jewish and secular holidays without the children they so deeply desire.
Who can participate in The ROOTS?
All persons–Jews, Jewishly curious persons, and Jewishly-connected partners–are welcome at ROOTS programs.*
These struggles may derive from:
- Pregnancy loss
- Secondary infertility
- Non-traditional family building and any other challenges that you may be facing on your journey toward growing your family.
Holidays in our spring’s program cycle include:
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
With a generous grant from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the following three groups will meet this spring:
Brookline partnership with Congregation Kehillath Israel:
Spiritual Advisor: Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen
Dinner begins at 7:45 PM on:
- Monday, March 23
- Thursday, April 23
- Tuesday, May 19
- Tuesday, June 16
Needham Partnership with Temple Beth Shalom:
Spiritual Advisor: Rabbi Julie Bressler
Dinner begins at 6:30 PM on:
- Thursday, March 26
- Thursday, May 7
- Tuesday, June 9
- Wednesday, June 24
Cambridge: Independent group led by Uprooted staff
Spiritual Advisor: Rabbi Cherina Eisenberg
There are no fees to register. To learn more or for any questions, please contact Rachel Spekman, Boston Program Director of the ROOTS, at Rspekman@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.