Mitsui Collective builds resilient community through embodied Jewish practice and somatic antiracism.
Mitsui Collective brings the tools of embodied practice into the experience of Jewish life & learning through our bodies, and into the healing-centered work of addressing how our experiences of Judaism and Jewish community are impacted because of the bodies we are in. We seek to redefine the spaces and modalities through which Judaism prepares, supports, and nourishes both the individual and the collective for greater health, resiliency, and wellness in body and soul.
The need for spaces and practices that enable people to experience healing and wholeness in both body and soul has never been greater. Today, Jewish communities exist against a backdrop of ongoing racism and white supremacy, rising xenophobia, antisemitism, the existential impact of climate change, and a pandemic that has often necessitated a “disembodied” Jewish practice experienced primarily on screen but in isolation. Within this setting, we increasingly see the need and desire for embodied Jewish learning and practices that help to strengthen our personal and collective connection to place, community, personal identity, ancestry and lineage for Jews of all racial backgrounds.
In a world shaped and dominated by over five centuries of racist ideology, we all have racialized identities. This culture is dense and opaque — but it can and must be transformed into a culture thick with the ability to heal and transform. Racism impacts all of us, and addressing racism and healing from its impacts is critical to transforming equitable and thriving Jewish spaces.
Mitsui Collective is open to all spiritual seekers while centering our work and community-building around those historically placed at the margins of Jewish life — including but not limited to Jews of Color and non-Ashkenormative Jews, LGBTQ, interfaith / intergroup families, and those of varied socioeconomic status. We view diversity and representation as a vital building block for vibrant, resilient community.
Contemporary Jewish Third Space
Creating vibrant and diverse communities of practice are core to Mitsui Collective’s long-term vision and ability to activate communities in the work of resiliency-building. In addition to Mitsui Collective’s pedagogical research and development work, over time we hope to build a network of community spaces rooted in Jewish learning and wisdom and activated through embodied Jewish practice. Designed to optimize a number of intersecting personal and communal benefits, we anticipate these spaces including a combination of movement studios, nature playscapes, therapeutic healing gardens, food production spaces, and facilities for coworking and communal dining. These spaces for contemporary Jewish practice center multi-racial & multi-generational community and embodied Jewish values, ethics, and spirituality all seven days of the week.
We seek to build and launch our local homebase for this work within the next 12-24 months: Mitsui Collective Cleveland.
Mitsui Collective Cleveland will be built around three pillars of embodied Jewish practice and community-care: Wellness, Nature Connection, and Food.
Our goal is to provide ample and authentic opportunities for self-care and social/ecological connection, Jewish spirituality, and community building. We envision movement and wellness studios with both group classes & independent study 5-7 days/week; an urban agroecology center & nature space; communal food & dining facilities sourced predominantly from local and regional producers and purveyors; and vibrant public programs encompassing a diverse catalog of embodied Jewish practice and learning.
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