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Hanukkah Infused Oil Workshop (Virtual)

featuring herbalist Naomi Stein

  • Ended
  • From 18 US dollars
  • Virtual Session


Through Hanukkah, we celebrate the blessings of oil and light, enabling us to better endure a cold, increasingly dark season. For many centuries, Jews have infused oils with herbs for healing, skin and hair care, protection and anointing. From candles to delicious foods fried in oil, to oils infused with herbs, there are many traditional Jewish ways to work with oils for healing and nourishment. Come join us to learn how to make meaningful, homemade Hanukkah gifts for yourself and others with ease and joy. In this workshop, two Jewish herbalists, Naomi Spector and Naomi Stein, will demonstrate two simple methods of infusing your own oils at home, and will share two recipes featuring herbs long beloved in Jewish healing tradition: Cedar and Rosemary Oil for protection Rose and Myrrh Oil for comforting a grieving heart We will explore the diasporic Jewish history of healing with these plants, best practices for infusing with resins, branches, leaves and flowers, as well as the powerful folk practice of praying psalms over infused oils. This 90-minute class will take place on Zoom. You will receive a handout with recipes, and suggested sources for ingredients. The cost is sliding scale $18-36. No one turned away for lack of funds, for scholarship contact ABOUT OUR FEATURED HERBALIST AND EDUCATOR, NAOMI STEIN: Naomi Stein is a culture keeper, researching, studying and teaching about Jewish Ethnobotany. She worked for the Lawrence Hall of Science, U.C. Berkeley’s public science center, for close to two decades, leading environmental education, theatre and science programming, funded by the National Science Foundation, the State of California and the National Institute of Health (among scores of others). Her work has been published by the University and WestEd. As a Backcountry Programs Director, she led over 1,000 youth through the Sierras and California coast. Naomi first taught Biblical Ethnobotany at the Berkeley Jewish Community Center with Dr. Jonathan Seidel in ‘96 and now again in 2023 through the Aquarian Minyan. You can also find her teaching this year at Urban Adamah (an herbal perspective on Passover), with Kids in Gardens about culturally relevant gardening techniques and at all three sessions of the Northern California Women’s Herbalist Symposium.

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