Indigenous Actions

Do you know on whose land we currently live? Check out these sites:

The East Bay has a Jewish group called JOOL – Jews on Ohlone Land – that is working to live in right relationship (teshuva) with the local Lisjan people.  They gave a talk to Beth David on August 23.  JOOL is a one of it kind group in the country, we’d love to duplicate its efforts in Silicon Valley. Listen to this fascinating talk:
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Saving the Juristac
Santa Clara County is planning a gravel mining operation and processing plant that would devastate a sacred Amah Mutsun Tribal area, not only eliminating grassland, oak woodland, and wildlife movement ( Sargent Ranch Quarry), but also destroying the equivalent of our sanctuary for the Amah Mutsun. We just missed a letter writing campaign workshop on August 4, however, we can still help the Amah Mutsun by sending our comments on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or volunteering in other ways .
About the Amah Mutsun
How to send comments during the EIR comment period
Info on saving sacred sites

Land Acknowledgement
One way to live in Right Relationship with the Native people is to acknowledge that we are essentially guests on their land and as guests we plan to be kind to the land that hosts us.  Expressing this when doing a Beth David event is a small token of appreciation to the people who had their lands stolen so violently.  TOT has a subgroup now working to create an acknowledgement to use for our events.  Our goal is to begin on September 23, California Native People’s Day.  Here are some interesting links that are helping us.

Tamien suggestion
WEBSITE  Land Acknowledgement Sample

WEBSITE  Land Acknowledgment Sample

SJSU Land Acknowledgment

City of San Jose Land Acknowledgment Proposal

Villa Montalvo

Santa Clara University

General Info on land acknowledgements;

How to Come Correct form the LIsjan website:

Wilderness Torah Solidarity Workshop with JOOL If you’d really like to delve into this topic more deeply, consider this workshop “Returning to Right Relationship” on Oct. 4 (in Sebastopol). INFO