In addition to her most recent book, Hope into Practice, Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears, Penny Rosenwasser is the author of Visionary Voices, Women on Power: Conversations with shamans, activists, teachers, artists and healers, and Voices from a ‘Promised Land:’ Palestinian & Israeli peace activists speak their hearts. A life-long heartfelt rabble-rouser for justice, she earned her Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco) in Transformational Learning & Change. Penny is former Jewish Caucus Chair of the National Women’s Studies Association and a founding board member of Jewish Voice for Peace. She teaches an Anti-Semitism/Anti-Arabism class with a Palestinian colleague at the City College of San Francisco and belongs to Kehilla Synagogue.
As of Spring 2014, Hope into Practice has been reviewed in the following national journals: JewishCurrents.org, The Progressive Magazine, Tikkun.org, and Lilith. Penny is in the middle of a 50-event national book tour — including these universities: Harvard, DePaul, U. of Minnesota, Agnes Scott, U. of Victoria, Syracuse U., CSU Northridge, the California Institute of Integral Studies — and synagogues or synagogue/Jewish-related events in Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta, Ann Arbor, Madison, Vancouver, Ithaca, Olympia, Oakland, Ukiah (CA) and Cotati (CA).
Transplanted to Oakland, California from Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C., Penny is also a member of the European American Collaborative for Challenging Whiteness, and works as an event organizer and fundraiser. A former performing folk musician, KPFA radio host/producer, women’s music networker, festival organizer, and diversity workshop leader, she’s been active on issues ranging from ending nuclear power and weapons, to feminism and queer liberation, to peace and racial justice, especially focusing on Israel-Palestine—including leading four women’s peace delegations to that region.
She has published in Lilith, Tikkun, Bridges, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Feminist Studies Quarterly, Alternet, PlanetOut, Creation Spirituality, off our backs, and the San Francisco Bay Times. And she loves fooling around on the ukelele, drumming on the dumbek, and snorkeling in search of sea turtles and spotted eagle rays.