Book Talks & Workshops

Penny Rosenwasser at Song for All Beings, Feb 2017

I’m available to travel far and wide to help get HOPE into PRACTICE out there, especially if you can help with travel (though this is not a deal-breaker), and the more advance notice the better. I’ve done extensive book tours with my two previous books and look forward to coming to your bookstore, university, Jewish (or not) Community Center, synagogue, church, Women’s Studies or Jewish Studies department, activist group, book club, house party, book fair, or conference.

If you’re interested in bringing me, ideal would be if you can line up one or two other places nearby for me to speak as well, along with housing (again, not a deal-breaker). I’ll either bring books to sell, or you or your local bookstore can order them from AK Press.


Penny’s interactive presentation is based in Jewish ethical tradition and community-building, linking personal healing with activism for a more just and generous world. Penny RosenwasserUsing stories from a diverse plethora of Jewish women, and weaving humor throughout, she touches on various themes from her book – including anti-Semitism, racial justice and white privilege, human rights in Israel-Palestine, Jewish multiculturalism, recovering from internalized victimization, historical Jewish resistance to persecution, various healing modalities, and stories of activism and alliance-building. It’s about human liberation, after all!
1 1/2 – 2 hours, including Q & A, always interactive!


Penny’s workshops explore internalized anti-Semitism and internalized oppression through sharing stories and ideas, reflection, experiential work, healing/restorative strategies, and next steps for social justice. They can be for groups who have read the book and for those who haven’t — half-day, full-day, or in-between, can be tailored to your group. Honorarium requested.


Penny Rosenwasser with workshop attendees

In these perilous times — of intense Islamophobia, deportation of immigrants, rising anti-Semitism & misogyny & transphobia/homophobia — Penny’s work is an activist’s call for resistance, and for healing the world. The When I Dare to be Powerful workshop focuses on empowering our leadership by examining what gets in the way. Sometimes we internalize messages from society that can hold us back from having the biggest lives we can have and being the boldest leaders we can be. These internalized messages might come from our intersecting identities and how we experience things like sexism, gender oppression, adultism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, racism, classism, and ableism. Join us to share stories, examine victimizing mindsets, envision, forge connection, and celebrate victories. Intertwining self-love with social justice, we’ll bolster our capacity together to create a more just and generous world. (Title taken from a quote by Audre Lorde.)

The When I Dare to be Powerful workshop can range from 3 – 8 hours and can be tailored to your group. It is primarily geared to cis-women and to trans and gender-queer folks who were socialized as women / who are treated by society as women. Travel and honorarium requested (or workshop fee paid by participants).

Penny Rosenwasser with workshop attendees

“Recently my organization brought Penny to do a workshop for women in their 20s and 30s on the topic of working through internalized sexism and antisemitism. We could not have been more pleased with the outcome. The workshop itself was magical: Penny’s unique facilitation style allowed time for participants to process what they learned, and the outcome was a group of highly inspired, empowered and better connected women. I definitely recommend bringing Penny in as a speaker or trainer!”

—Talia Cooper, Program Director, May’an, NYC

“You had your finger on the pulse. You led us through the experience of being heartbroken, but also feeling hopeful and connected. It was just what we needed, in terms of our leadership, and we didn’t even know we needed it.”

—Noa Grayevsky, Bay Area

“The digging we did in the workshop was fantastic, and I liked the bonding that came as a result. I learned things! Self-reflective things, and things about framing hurt and pain into more constructive energy. This learning is awesome.”

—Sarena Sairan, Toronto
Alana loving HOPE into PRACTICE at Hebew College

“Penny has taken the findings from both her research and decades of feminist activism to create a truly extraordinary experience. Combining feminist insights with thought-provoking exercises, Penny guides participants in reflection that draws on both the heart and the mind. She leads with enormous compassion, guiding participants to reflect, reassess, reconsider and re-dedicate ourselves to working for honest, meaningful change in ourselves and our communities.”

—Dr. Sarah Anne Minkin, Bay Area

“Penny’s workshop was a powerful orientation to fundamental systems of oppression–and the tools to shake free from them. Over the course of the day, the participants became visibly more bonded, both sobered and hopeful in the face of the task. As a rabbi, I am thrilled by the groundwork laid by Penny’s workshop, and look forward to building on this foundation with the folks who participated. Thank you Penny!”

—Rabbi Sarah Bracha Gershuny, Congregation Nevei Kodesh, Boulder CO

“I left the workshop feeling really empowered and rejuvenated. It was so nice to hear others voice what I often feel.”

—Anonymous participant, NYC

“Our workshop was just what I have been seeking. The experience of uncovering my internalized anti-Semitism is painful, intense and challenging. And it’s exactly what I know I need to do to claim my “Jewish voice” in the activism I do. In this visceral workshop I let the feelings swell beyond my throat and into tears and movement and the sweetest hugs and understanding eyes from the others in the room. So good.”

—Anonymous participant, Bay Area

other presentations

Anti-Semitism: What it is, and what it isn’t

“You spoke so brilliantly and really met the whole conference where they were – enabling people to really understand anti-Semitism for what it is.”

—M. Dove Kent, ED, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice

Is Opposing Israel’s Policies Anti-Semitic?

Penny gave this talk on March 2, 2015 in Boulder, CO at the Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center event. You can watch it in the video below.

Is Opposing Israel’s Policies Anti-Semitic?