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Friday, June 28 • 3:50pm - 5:00pm
Sacred Space and Prayerful Resistance –Lessons Learned by a Jewish Doctor at Standing Rock

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In this session I'll share the history of the peaceful resistance encampment at Standing Rock in North Dakota developed by the Lakota Sioux nations against the planned encroachment of the Dakota Access Pipeline on their sacred lands.  I will share my experiences as a volunteer physician during the winter of 2016 when the community at Standing Rock, already traumatized with many serious injuries in prior attacks by the militarized police, was threatened by forced evacuation and mass police action.  I will share the many lessons I learned there about compassion, community ethics, non-violent holy rage, deep group spirituality, the promise of different healing modalities working together, love of Mother Earth and Father Sky, the fierce protection of Living Waters and much more, and how my connection to Judaism was deepened.  I'll demonstrate how the Native wisdom I was exposed to daily is strikingly similar to Jewish ethical teachings, but with origins thousands of years before Bible and Talmud wisdom.  I hope to be joined by a spokesperson from the Native American community, whose story this is.

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Ami Goodman

Physician & Songleader
Amnon Goodman is a retired physician, a Bay Area songleader, and ba'al t'filah.  He spent a week in 2016 at Standing Rock as a volunteer doctor.  Learn how his experiences embraced and deepened Jewish ethical themes and values (prayerful resistance, tikkun olam, welcoming the stranger... Read More →

Friday June 28, 2019 3:50pm - 5:00pm PDT
Dry Creek Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)