The concept of tikkun halev in Judaism refers to the repair and opening of our hearts. For trauma survivors, this can be a big ask, but there are opportunities where we least expect it.
In this presentation and discussion, Judith will share the story of her journey from rejecting her identity as a Jew as a result of the effects of the Holocaust on her family, to embracing her role as the family of survivors. Last August, Judith travelled to Łódź Poland for the week-long 75th anniversary commemorative ceremonies of the closure of the ghetto (Litmanstadtt Ghetto).
Through an anti-racist feminist lens of a visual presentation of her photos and video footage she collected on the trip, Judith will speak about how she found tikkun halev in Łódź. Not only has Judith’s family been touched by the holocaust, but Łódź is the same city where her family had lived both before the war and also from where they were deported to Auschwitz.
Judith Mintz, PhD, in addition to being a member of the Shir Libeynu community and mother of two, is a Quality Assurance and Decolonization Analyst with Native Child and Family Services Toronto. She taught yoga for two decades and in 2019 completed her dissertation on healthism, cultural appropriation and yoga in North America for her PhD in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University.