Speaking effectively on Israel/Palestine @ Church of  St. Stephen in-the-Fields, Toronto [18 January]

Speaking effectively on Israel/Palestine

18:30 - 21:00

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Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields
103 Bellevue Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2N8
Independent Jewish Voices, in collaboration with St Stephen's, is offering a communication workshop for marginalized views on Israel/Palestine — how to communicate effectively across conflict.

Attendance at this workshop will be capped at 14 people — please register by e-mailing one of the facilitators, Emily Green, [email protected], or Lia Tarachansky, [email protected] Registration is $10 or PWYC. St Stephen's has a wheelchair ramp at the west entrance, and a barrier-free washroom.

We will gather to explore what feelings come up when we experience conflict, and talk about how we can work towards making space for open, authentic interactions when emotions run high and our sense of self feels threatened.

Focussing on the polarized, hypersensitive conflict between Zionism and anti-Zionism, Israeli nationalism vs solidarity with Palestinians, we will (re)imagine our «adversaries» as dynamic, complex humans — often our friends, family, or someone we break challah with. While many social change strategies necesssarily focus on transforming injustice (BDS, attending rallies, etc), we believe that interpersonal communication can be a part of our work towards justice.

This first workshop will be a space to share personal stories and engage in a role-playing exercise on communication. A second workshop (date TBA) will focus on our journeys of questioning Zionism, and will practice the communication strategy of personal storytelling.
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