About Penny

Penny Rosenwasser

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 Rosenwasser - City College 2013
Penny teaching Anti-Semitism/Anti-Arabism class at City College of San Francisco 2013 with Roni Abusaad, Ph.D.

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.

Penny Rosenwasser at Black Lives Matter rally
Penny Rosenwasser at a Black Lives Matter rally.

Hope into Practice has been reviewed in the following national journals: JewishCurrents.org, The Progressive Magazine, Tikkun.org, and Lilith. Penny has been touring and doing workshops with Hope into Practice for nearly four years — including these universities: Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis, Hebrew College, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, DePaul, U. of Minnesota, Agnes Scott, U. of Victoria, Montana State, Syracuse U., the California Institute of Integral Studies, University of San Francisco, CSU Northridge — and synagogues or synagogue/Jewish-related events in Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta, Ann Arbor, Madison, Seattle, Vancouver, Ithaca, Olympia, Oakland, Philadelphia, Bozeman (MT), Ukiah (CA) and Cotati (CA).

Penny Rosenwasser - Women in Black - Jerusalem 1990
Penny Rosenwasser (top right) at Women in Black gathering – Jerusalem, 1990.
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.
Penny Rosenwasser, circa 1965
My confirmation class at Temple Beth El in Arlington, VA, circa 1965. I am third row from the top, third one from the left.
Penny Rosenwasser's grandfather Moishe Ness’s dry goods store in Denmark, South Carolina, in the 1930’s-40’s
My granddaddy Moishe Ness’s dry goods store in Denmark South Carolina, in the 1930’s-40’s
Hope into Practice by Penny Rosenwasser, cover
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