Late April Message: Send Jim to Hebron. Jews Stand with Palestine. and Come Laugh with Me

April 27, still during Passover, I sent out the following message which pointed to a fundraising page I created for myself which is also here.

Dear Friends,
It’s Passover, a time to retell and reflect on one of the most revered liberation stories of all humanity. I cringe when I think about Passover now though. Who is now in the role of Pharoah in the world, and who is either penned in, a refugee or both? I’m Jewish-American, but the answer, honestly, is the United States (“the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” as MLK called us out 50 years ago) and its most revered ally, Israel. It pains me and makes me feel responsible.
I want your help to go there to stand nonviolently with Palestinians against their oppressors…my people. The Center for Jewish Nonviolence is organizing the delegation I plan to join in July.  It is called Occupation is Not Our Judaism: A delegation for nonviolent direct action and activism in Hebron and the South Hebron Hills.To learn more about what we’ll do there, why I picked this trip and this time, please check out my fundraising campaign. I can’t do it without you, and we’re all in this together. Thank you!

Laughter Yoga for Serious Fun and Health

with J-i-m Haber, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

April 27 and May 11 (more dates to be announced)
7:00 to 8:15 pm

Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline St., Berkeley (@Ashby BART)


…and contact me for info about the “laughter parties on the phone” that I find wonderfully easy and uplifting–gain without pain! Remarkable
  • Laughter yoga is real (look it up). It’s Easy! Exhilarating! Mirthful!
  • Laughter for as little as 10 or 20 minutes affects the body and mind.
  • Laughter is exercise and helps circulate residual air out of the lungs (plus other health benefits). There is some light stretching, but none of the usual yoga poses.
  • Laughter can touch us tenderly and uproariously.
  • Humor not required. Grumps thrive too!
  • Even “Fake it ’til you make it” laughs count!

Sessions last between 60 and 75 minutes and are a combination of open laughter, some laughter exercises to help motivate the group, and a bit of explanation about the history of the practice and some of the medical benefits of laughing.

Ho! Ho! Ha! Ha! Ha!


Laughter Yoga was started in 1995 in India by Madan and Madhuri Kataria. A medical doctor and a yoga teacher, they realized that people benefit from laughter even without humor or comedy. A little stimulus can be fun and evocative though, so they and scores of “laughter leaders” have created an array of short and playful exercises to help us revel in the real and immediate benefits of laughter.

J-i-m Haber is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. He discovered conscious laughter at a workshop in early 2015, and now laughs daily. J-i-m’s background as a spiritual and political activist, meeting facilitator, mental health counselor and teacher has inspired him to share laughter’s positive effects to merge social connection, spiritual awakening and world care.

For more info, contact J-i-m Haber or 415-828-2506 and on Facebook.

AND FINALLY: I want to wish everyone a happy Mayday/Beltane. Dance a maypole. Jump a fire. March in the streets for immigrant rights and labor rights!
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