The Womb Sisters

The Womb Sisters is a European grassroots organisation that aims to provide a meaningful Jewish spiritual framework for the rites of passage of conception, pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.
Location: Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Year founded: 2018

Description

The Womb Sisters envisions a world in which the formative, potentially empowering and important rites of passage into motherhood are supported and nurtured from within a feminist Jewish spiritual community. Our mission is to bring together ancient knowledge, practice and ritual; to provide (write, film, create) new tools for navigating these phases in a meaningful way; to offer an online community where women can find each other in sharing stories, support and connections; to offer an offline community of womb circles and womb-havruta classes where women can come together, learn together, experience these phases together and inspire one another; to select and bring into the open empowering stories of Jewish heroins in an attempt to reclaim Jewish feminine knowledge of the fertility and childbearing phases and make them readily & easily available; and to rekindle the transgenerational passing of knowledge - all in order to provide a platform for (w)holiness with regards to our reproductive system and the journey of birthing new Jewish life and to strengthen our spiritual connection to one another, to our children, our mothers, our families, to the world and the earth on which we dwell.

The Online Womb Sisters Resources and Community

About

'The Online Womb Sisters Resources and Community' is the (mostly) online part of the The Womb Sisters organisation, which is freely accessible to everybody.


Please find the description of the program in one of the questions below.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission of 'The Online Womb Sisters Resources and Community' is to make freely accessible the knowledge, information and tools for navigating conception / pregnancy / childbirth / postpartum in a meaningful way by creating an innovative and practical access point into spiritual Jewish life where women can learn and connect with other women in sharing stories, support, and building community.

Through the writing and curating these resources and building an online community we aim to spark a practical enthusiasm for an inclusive approach to Jewish female rites of passage into motherhood, cater to the need of young Jewish women who are seeking to merge their Jewish life with their spiritual health practices and engage these young Jewish women in creating their Jewish practices in community.

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Program Description

The program consist of 4 web-pages and subsequent sub-pages on our The Womb Sisters website, one page for each of these topics:

1. conception

2. pregnancy

3. childbirth

4. postpartum

The pages will include information and knowledge about these topics which merge female physiology and Jewish spirituality, ancient (biblical) stories and new stories of women from this day and age, grandma wisdom, interviews with trailblazing Jewish women working in this field of pregnancy and childbirth, female rabbi explanations of practices, (new) rituals, and many more resources - most of them downloadable in pdf, or otherwise easily shareable.

The information, tools and stories that are included in this program are aimed at young Jewish women in Europe and the USA who are primarily either disconnected from their Jewish roots, unengaged, unaffiliated or otherwise feel a lack of resources and practice in their Jewish community with regards to childbirth and the rites of passage into motherhood. We aim at a broad and inclusive Jewish group of young Jewish women.

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Demonstrated Need

There are very few in depth, and (as far as we know) no young feminist Jewish spiritual resources for the childbearing years of women which relate specifically to the intersection between physiology and Jewish spirituality, rooted in ancient wisdom - not in the form of offline classes, gatherings, circles, nor (especially not) online. The few publications (mostly books) about the topic of conception, pregnancy and childbirth so far have targeted the American market predominantly and focussed on already engaged (religious or otherwise observing) Jews.

For those of us either outside of the USA, or with an unaffiliated relationship to Judaism, there is virtually nothing available out there which is meaningful for this young, exploring, inclusive and spiritually seeking generation of independent Jewish women.
Because of the fact that the size of Jewish communities varies much throughout Europe and in between various cities within single countries even, there is a need for an online platform (especially here in Europe) which can serve as an access point for Jewish women into this subject, as well as a means of connecting with each other and building community.
There is no data available to us at this point in time to establish this need scientifically. I know that soon the results of the Timbrel (the At the well summit on Jewish Health and Spirituality) questionnaire will be shared and I expect it to reflect the conversations and brainstorm sessions we have had over the weekend, which clearly indicated the need for such a program and a potentially broad target audience.
As for data from Europe, this is not available yet. The whole Jewish health, wellness and spirituality combination has not manifested itself in the European Jewish (cultural) consciousness. Though, from my personal work as a childbirth educator and doula in Amsterdam, and from the stories of my sister Marjolein Faber, who works as an independent midwife in the Netherlands, I can attest to the need of the Jewish women (ranging from Orthodox, to liberal, to unaffiliated, to Israeli) for a more Jewishly and spiritually meaningful approach to childbirth.

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Program Accomplishments

This is a brand new program, in a brand new organisation.

The key personnel involved with the organisation, and with this program, are all accomplished professionals in varying fields of expertise such as conception, pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, female hormonal physiology, writing, Jewish community engagement, engaging unengaged Jews, content development, filmmaking, editing, sound engineering, storytelling, website development, graphic design, fundraising and leading Jewish cultural organisations, who together will ensure that this program will enable accomplishments that reflect the vision and mission of our organisation.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

We plan to measure the success of the program in the following ways:

* tracking the number of people visiting our website, as well as the number of people downloading our free materials. It is important for our success to both have an increasing number of visitors as well as have a global impact. The first year we will focus on several countries in Europe and the USA [REACH]

* following the interaction on our social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube [INSPIRATION, REACH, RIPPLE EFFECT]

* follow up with the individuals and organisations that have come into contact with our program in real life, through for example Limmud conferences, ROI gatherings, Networking opportunities, Well Circles, Jewish health and spirituality summits etc and understand the ripple effect of continued, circular, impact outwards into the global community [IMPACT, INSPIRATION, RIPPLE EFFECT]

* sending out an online questionnaire to all our mailing list followers, as well as to those individuals and organisations that have downloaded our free materials - in which we will ask specific questions regarding the value of the material, the impact of it on the individual's experience and how likely it is that the material will be passed on, the website recommended to a friend/family member or the individual will become actively involved in creating/sharing the knowledge [IMPACT, INSPIRATION, RIPPLE EFFECT]

* we are interested in working with the the Progress Principle, and the power of small wins - by Harvard Professor Teresa Amabile, in which we will break down the larger success measurement points (reach, impact, inspiration and ripple effect) in order to not only measure success towards our generous funders and supporters, but to find a meaningful way to measure success on a daily basis towards ourselves in order to nurture a passionate internal motivation, that will allow us to continue the work in a healthy manner [IMPACT]

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The Online Womb Sisters Resources and Community

About

'The Online Womb Sisters Resources and Community' is the (mostly) online part of the The Womb Sisters organisation, which is freely accessible to everybody.

Please find the description of the program in one of the questions below.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission of 'The Online Womb Sisters Resources and Community' is to make freely accessible the knowledge, information and tools for navigating conception / pregnancy / childbirth / postpartum in a meaningful way by creating an innovative and practical access point into spiritual Jewish life where women can learn and connect with other women in sharing stories, support, and building community.

Through the writing and curating these resources and building an online community we aim to spark a practical enthusiasm for an inclusive approach to Jewish female rites of passage into motherhood, cater to the need of young Jewish women who are seeking to merge their Jewish life with their spiritual health practices and engage these young Jewish women in creating their Jewish practices in community.

Back to Top

Program Description

The program consist of 4 web-pages and subsequent sub-pages on our The Womb Sisters website, one page for each of these topics:

1. conception

2. pregnancy

3. childbirth

4. postpartum

The pages will include information and knowledge about these topics which merge female physiology and Jewish spirituality, ancient (biblical) stories and new stories of women from this day and age, grandma wisdom, interviews with trailblazing Jewish women working in this field of pregnancy and childbirth, female rabbi explanations of practices, (new) rituals, and many more resources - most of them downloadable in pdf, or otherwise easily shareable.

The information, tools and stories that are included in this program are aimed at young Jewish women in Europe and the USA who are primarily either disconnected from their Jewish roots, unengaged, unaffiliated or otherwise feel a lack of resources and practice in their Jewish community with regards to childbirth and the rites of passage into motherhood. We aim at a broad and inclusive Jewish group of young Jewish women.

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

There are very few in depth, and (as far as we know) no young feminist Jewish spiritual resources for the childbearing years of women which relate specifically to the intersection between physiology and Jewish spirituality, rooted in ancient wisdom - not in the form of offline classes, gatherings, circles, nor (especially not) online. The few publications (mostly books) about the topic of conception, pregnancy and childbirth so far have targeted the American market predominantly and focussed on already engaged (religious or otherwise observing) Jews.

For those of us either outside of the USA, or with an unaffiliated relationship to Judaism, there is virtually nothing available out there which is meaningful for this young, exploring, inclusive and spiritually seeking generation of independent Jewish women.

Because of the fact that the size of Jewish communities varies much throughout Europe and in between various cities within single countries even, there is a need for an online platform (especially here in Europe) which can serve as an access point for Jewish women into this subject, as well as a means of connecting with each other and building community.

There is no data available to us at this point in time to establish this need scientifically. I know that soon the results of the Timbrel (the At the well summit on Jewish Health and Spirituality) questionnaire will be shared and I expect it to reflect the conversations and brainstorm sessions we have had over the weekend, which clearly indicated the need for such a program and a potentially broad target audience.

As for data from Europe, this is not available yet. The whole Jewish health, wellness and spirituality combination has not manifested itself in the European Jewish (cultural) consciousness. Though, from my personal work as a childbirth educator and doula in Amsterdam, and from the stories of my sister Marjolein Faber, who works as an independent midwife in the Netherlands, I can attest to the need of the Jewish women (ranging from Orthodox, to liberal, to unaffiliated, to Israeli) for a more Jewishly and spiritually meaningful approach to childbirth.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

This is a brand new program, in a brand new organisation.

The key personnel involved with the organisation, and with this program, are all accomplished professionals in varying fields of expertise such as conception, pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, female hormonal physiology, writing, Jewish community engagement, engaging unengaged Jews, content development, filmmaking, editing, sound engineering, storytelling, website development, graphic design, fundraising and leading Jewish cultural organisations, who together will ensure that this program will enable accomplishments that reflect the vision and mission of our organisation.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

We plan to measure the success of the program in the following ways:

* tracking the number of people visiting our website, as well as the number of people downloading our free materials. It is important for our success to both have an increasing number of visitors as well as have a global impact. The first year we will focus on several countries in Europe and the USA [REACH]

* following the interaction on our social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube [INSPIRATION, REACH, RIPPLE EFFECT]

* follow up with the individuals and organisations that have come into contact with our program in real life, through for example Limmud conferences, ROI gatherings, Networking opportunities, Well Circles, Jewish health and spirituality summits etc and understand the ripple effect of continued, circular, impact outwards into the global community [IMPACT, INSPIRATION, RIPPLE EFFECT]

* sending out an online questionnaire to all our mailing list followers, as well as to those individuals and organisations that have downloaded our free materials - in which we will ask specific questions regarding the value of the material, the impact of it on the individual's experience and how likely it is that the material will be passed on, the website recommended to a friend/family member or the individual will become actively involved in creating/sharing the knowledge [IMPACT, INSPIRATION, RIPPLE EFFECT]

* we are interested in working with the the Progress Principle, and the power of small wins - by Harvard Professor Teresa Amabile, in which we will break down the larger success measurement points (reach, impact, inspiration and ripple effect) in order to not only measure success towards our generous funders and supporters, but to find a meaningful way to measure success on a daily basis towards ourselves in order to nurture a passionate internal motivation, that will allow us to continue the work in a healthy manner [IMPACT]

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