Chaver Up

Allyship is a deeply Jewish value. In their book Chaver Up, 49 diverse Jewish spiritual leaders grapple with the complexity, messiness, and human fallibility of allyship, as well its beauty, holiness, and power to restore good. Wise, searing, and emotional, this book invites you to create new paths of human kindness and action. It challenges us to Chaver Up and see allyship as a powerful way to repair our humanity and activate our empathy. Learn more about Chaver Up and order your copy

Chaver Up Programs

In Conversation: Allyship Through a Modern Jewish Lens
Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:30pm (Eastern Time)
Rabbi Mike Moskowitz joined Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., president of Reconstructing Judaism and Rabbi Mira Beth Wasserman, assistant professor of rabbinic literature at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the director of The Center for Jewish Ethics for a discussion on the impact of the “Chaver Up!” project and their contributions to the book. This event was livestreamed on Reconstructing Judaism, CBST, and RRC’s Facebook pages. Learn More

View the Chaver Up Book Launch
Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:00pm – 7:15pm (Eastern Time)
Allyship is a deeply Jewish value. In CBST’s Chaver Up, 49 diverse Jewish spiritual leaders grapple with the complexity, messiness, and human fallibility of allyship, as well as its beauty, holiness, and power to restore good. To commemorate the launch of Chaver Up, Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Rabbi Mike Moskowitz are joined by Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife and Rabbi Rick Jacobs to discuss allyship, creating new paths of human kindness and action, and how we can challenge ourselves to Chaver Up! Purchase your own copy of Chaver Up

Keshira haLev Fife is a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) and a queer Jew of Colour who delights in serving as davennatrix (shlichat tzibbur), lifespiral ceremony/ritual creatrix, liturgist, songstress, teacher and public speaker.  She is Oreget Kehilah (Executive Director) of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, founder/co-leader of Kesher Pittsburgh, Program Director of the ALEPH Kesher Fellowship, and Lead Facilitator for Keshet’s GLBTQ+ Jewish Youth of Colour programming. Dual-citizens of the USA and Australia and avid travelers, she and her beloved are currently leaning into stillness and sheltering-in-peace on Osage and Haudenosaunee land also called Pittsburgh, PA.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs is president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest and most diverse Jewish movement in North America, reaching more than 1.5 million people through nearly 850 congregations, 15 overnight camps, the Reform teen youth Movement NFTY, and the Religious Action Center in Washington DC. For nearly 150 years, the URJ has been at the forefront in promoting an open, inclusive and progressive Judaism. The URJ’s programs and communities inspire more and more people—from children to seniors—to explore what it means to be Jewish, pursue justice around the world, and forge stronger ties to Israel.

This program is co-sponsored by Central Conference of American RabbisKohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, and Union for Reform Judaism.


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