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Reparations & Indigenous Land Back Teshuvah

Healing Visions for 5783

This is a three-week mini-series facilitated by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb in the year of her rabbinic jubilee.

We will meet every Monday from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm PDT (7:30 pm to 8:45 pm EDT)

Dates: September 5, 12, and 19, 2022.

Everyone is welcome!

How do we create a reparative practice devoted to healing the ongoing wounds of colonial settlerism and zionism? 

Rabbi Lynn invites you to engage ancestral teshuvah legacies as well as applied insights from present-day movement building in preparation for the new year, 5783.

Our time together begins with indigenous land acknowledgment, radical welcome, and water ceremonies.

Sessions include text study, storytelling & shared reflections:

September 5:

  • Torah as a peacemaking treaty.
  • Teshuvah is a 5 Step system of repair. 
  • Steps 1 and 2: Acknowledgement & Accountability in light of ancestral guest laws and colonial settlerism.
  • Where do we hold trauma in the spectrum of class, race, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, citizenship status, religion, ability, and age?
  • Jewish healing & teshuvah practices for the wounds we carry & the harms of colonial settlerism which we carry.

September 12

  • Steps 3 and 4: Vidui & Peiraon.
  • Truth-Telling from the front lines of harm in the text and in the present.
  • Reparations in the text and in the present.
  • Rehabilitation, restoration, and compensation.

September 19:

  • Step 5: Guarantees of non-repeat.
  • What could new protocols for reparations and indigenous land back practices look like?
  • Co-create the Halacha/Jewish protocols of a healed future.

Everyone is welcome!

About Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, she/her, Ohlone land

Lynn and another person holding signsLynn Gottlieb is a pioneer feminist rabbi, storyteller, percussionist, peace educator, writer, ceremonialist, community activist, and clown. She is deeply committed to a life grounded in the creativity, joy, and wisdom of the Torah (teachings) of Nonviolence. Her journey includes lifelong activism with The Fellowship of Reconciliation and an ongoing pursuit of Israeli Palestinian conflict transformation based on principles of active nonviolence.

Since 1964, Lynn has engaged in multifaith, intergenerational, and multicultural organizing around issues of economic and racial justice, gender justice, and ‘the demilitarization of land and life’.  Lynn served as a pulpit rabbi from 1973 to 1980 with Temple Beth Or of the Deaf and Mishkan, An Experimental Shul in NY, and from 1981 to 2005 with Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque, NM, which she co-founded.

Lynn sits on the Rabbinic Council of Jewish Voice for Peace and is board chair of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.  She is the author of several books, including Peace Primer II, She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of Renewed Judaism, World Beyond Borders Passover Haggadah, and Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence.

To support her work in the year of her rabbinic jubilee visit

If you have any questions, please send an email to info[at] (with "Reparations & Indigenous Land Back Teshuvah" in the subject line)