Responding to Extreme Heat Conditions

UPDATED July 11 and July 18 Matir Asurim learned, from inside Florida’s Death Row, that extreme heat conditions are endangering incarcerated people and staff alike. Even “normal” summer temperatures can be damaging to health without cooling measures. The aging UCI facility is not providing adequate cooling to protect the health of those inside. This document … Read more

Fringes, Still in the Wilderness

New this month in Torah Explorations: “Still in the Wilderness” — some thoughts on holiness, crowds, and grumbling (Numbers 8 – 18). “What Will We Make Different this Year?” by Jay Stanton, plus more thoughts on “fringes.” READ AND SHARE Divrei Matir Asurim [Matir Asurim Words/Matter]: Follow the links above to read on-line, and/or download … Read more

Numbers, Wilderness, Sinai

"Matir Asurim: Torah Explorations" across stylized Torah scroll

Torah Explorations “Matir Asurim Torah Explorations” is part of the new Divrei Matir Asurim: Matir Asurim Words/Matters publication, an experiment from Matir Asurim. The experiment begins with the Book of Numbers. Introduction: The Book of Numbers Bamidbar: In the Wilderness Naso: Take a Census, Lift Up Please read. Discuss. Share. For those who prefer formatted … Read more

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Matir Asurim Network Tree

Matir Asurim is experimenting with expanding communications, to make our work and our hopes and our plans easier to access for all interested, and to make input from folks inside and outside easier to incorporate in our decision-making. This Late May edition of the brand new “Divrei Matir Asurim: Matir Asurim Words/Matters” includes summaries of … Read more

Matir Asurim in Jewish Currents

"Thursday Newsletter 2/23/2023" over image of flying bird with "Matir Asurim" in Hebrew characters.

Matir Asurim was highlighted in a “Jewish Currents” publication earlier this year. Author Aviva Stahl notes lack of attention to “lived experience of incarcerated Jews…even within the most progressive Jewish communities.” She describes long-standing resources for (some) incarcerated Jews, adding that “queer and trans people or people of color…struggled to find any resources to support … Read more