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The Asherah Pole: An Ancient Bridge to our Future Liberation

Wherever Jews have landed, the teachings of the Asherah Pole, came with us. The Torah, our central text speaks to the tree of life, the rabbi’s and later the kabbalists expanded on these teachings, inviting us into esoteric and somatic experiences of the tree as our spiritual conductor between earth

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The Asherah Pole: An Ancient Bridge to our Future Liberation
The Asherah Pole: An Ancient Bridge to our Future Liberation

Time & Location

Mar 20, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Zoom

About the event

Even before Abraham (the first “Jew”) ancient Jews spirituality was intrinsically connected to the earth. The Asherah Pole is a symbol of that connection. Discovered in burial grounds and ceremonial sites through archeological findings, the Asherah pole signified a core aspect of ancient spirituality. A pole between the stars and earth. The word “Jew” or “Jewish” is a name given by the oppressor. Originally the people who were to become “Jews” lived in the land now know as Palestine (along with other tribes and peoples). Through time and often because of colonialism, Jews traveled to Spain, India, China, Ethiopia, the northern countries of Africa, to eastern Europe and throughout the earth. As a diasporic people, rituals and ways of life were shared, mixing and evolving languages, foods, cultures, songs and dance. Those who are now known as the Jewish people are a people of many cultures and lands.

Wherever Jews have landed, the teachings of the Asherah Pole, came with us. The Torah, our central text speaks to the tree of life, the rabbi’s and later the kabbalists expanded on these teachings, inviting us into esoteric and somatic experiences of the tree as our spiritual conductor between earth and sky, the life essence who supports our belonging and responsibilities to living well on earth.

There is so much intelligence in our bodies capitalism and colonialism have conspired for us to suppress. This has led to current crisis within our communities, where many have been so indoctrinated by zionism, they have forgotten the essential teachings of the Asherah Pole: that true integrity comes from solidarity and liberation is only achieved when we open our hearts to remember we are all one. This workshop invites us to partner with a lineage of teachings to heal our inherent connection with earth, root ourselves in resistance work and extend our branches to meet our souls calling.

If you have been struggling to find energy to keep engaging in activism, if you have felt shame for being Jewish in the face of zionism, if you are curious about mystical Judaism, if you have lost touch with the gems of earth based spirituality: this workshop is for you.

By engaging in physical practices that are accessible to all bodies, meditation, teachings and group sharing, you will begin to tap into felt sensations of connection and belonging, gifts from the trees & gifts from your ancestors.

What you’ll learn

  • Somatic centering practice
  • Ancient and mystical Jewish teachings
  • Access based embodiment practice for day to day life to cultivate a felt understanding in our bodies that we are a bridge between time and space, earth and sky.
  • Feeling the power and connection to the ancient giving us the strength and courage to work towards collective justice and liberation.

This is for Jews and non Jews!

  • These are teaching grounded in Jewish spirituality and part of healing from zionism is to invite people to remember the core roots of Judaism. The intention of opening this to anyone who is called to the work is to embrace a culture of sharing as part of the healing and to be that bridge.

Access

  • This workshop will take place online in real time via Zoom
  • ASL interpretation available upon request
  • This workshop will not be recorded, if you are not available during the time and date available, please fill out this form to be notified of future offerings
  • We ask that people leave their screens on to cultivate connection and engagement. If this is inaccessible to you, please note that in the registration form.

In this space, we prioritize exploring Judaism beyond the confines of Zionism. As such, discussions related to Palestinian liberation won't be explained or debated. We understand a Free Palestine to be integrated with Jewish Liberation. Our goal is to foster a deeper understanding of this liberation praxis through the Asherah Pole. If this focus isn't compatible with your current orientation, we understand and this workshop may not be the right fit for you.

SLIDING SCALE MAP: https://drive.google.com/file/... If you can't make it to this workshop, fill out this form for another time!  https://docs.google.com/forms/...

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About Rebekah Erev

www.RebekahErevStudio.com

****Rebekah Erev is an artist, ritualist, teacher, community herbalist, somatic healer and they are disabled. They are committed to supporting community in remembering the intelligence of our bodies and inherent belonging to the earth. They celebrate the beauty of Jewish diaspora with Queer Mikveh Project and work with people one on one, in couples and triads as a somatic healer. They teach Jewish earth based practices and mysticism; create ritual tools, liturgy and art - re-enchanting them with liberatory frameworks.

About Aliko Weste

www.alikoweste.com

Born and raised in Seattle Washington to a French ashkenazi and Sephardic Jewish mother and Caribbean father, Aliko is a first generation, trans, Blaxk presenting, bilingual Jewish entrepreneur and producer. Aliko is the Founder of several local businesses that support local entrepreneurs in the Seattle area and beyond. Along with being a coach, speaker, designer, producer, photographer and entrepreneur, Aliko is a practiced grief tender, dancer, musician and is literate in somatic experiencing, yoga, Butoh, and other movement modalities.

Image Description

An image created by Rebekah Erev with their handwritten font above sharing the name of The Asherah Pole Workshop. The image is of a bright neon blue/green tree with neon green leaves splits in two to reveal two eyes with yellow and orange flame like eyelashes in the middle of the tree. Down at the base of the trunk, roots meet brown dirt revealing a golden ‘chai’ at the base of the tree. The neon blue/ green tree grows from the roots to meet the branches. A pink and red anatomical heart beats at the center of the green/blue trunk.

The text of the Image typeface reads: Rebekah Erev Studio and We Are U Productions Presents - The Asherah Pole: An ancient Bridge to our Future Liberation Workshop with Rebekah Erev, produced by Aliko Weste It continues to read: March 20th 5:30-7:30pm PST

$25- $75 sliding scale, ASL available upon requests. All welcome regardless of Affilliation

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