Eliana Rubin

Eliana Rubin builds transgressive relationships with bodies, land, and lineage through their work as a somatic practitioner, politicized facilitator, anti-Zionist organizer, full spectrum doula, land steward, and queer pleasure instigator. They run a somatic facilitation practice with Sanctuary Embodied aimed at resourcing organizers and trauma survivors in developing embodied leadership and power for movements for justice. She sees individual clients, partners, and small groups for embodied counseling and ritual support. She also co-facilitates larger group spaces for communities, teams, and social justice organizations. She has simultaneously organized with the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and trained as a practitioner and lead teacher with Generative Somatics, both starting in 2014. Eliana helped to found Makom, one of the first anti-Zionist Jewish congregations established in the U.S., led by queer and trans people in the South. She has a Graduate Degree in Embodiment Studies from Goddard College where she explored the intersections of somatic methodologies, polyvagal theory, and internationalist anti-imperialist politics. She was born and raised by the dramatic landscapes and freaks of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is now rooted in the southern movement history and red clay of Durham, North Carolina. At her core, Eliana loves her people, plants, rivers, and the dance floor. Check out her sites: www.takingthestateoutofthebody.com

Taking the State out of the Body: A Guide to Embodied Resistance to Zionism

SKU: 9798887440620
Author: Eliana Rubin
Series: PM Press
ISBN: 9798887440620
Published: 09/17/2024
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 224
Subjects: Social Science: Activism & Social Justice • Jewish Studies


Taking the State out of the Body brilliantly illuminates exactly how cultural patterns of individualism fuel and uphold fascism, zionism, racism, ableism, and the other forces that shape the current structures of war and extraction we are so desperately trying to survive and resist. Eliana Rubin skillfully shows how radical frameworks like somatic healing and transformative justice can help us understand how the infrastructure of violence—the State itself—is implanted in our very psyches and bodies, and what it takes to root it out so that we can become the people we need to be to fight back and build a new world. This book is an immense contribution to resistance movements, which are in great need of politicized healing approaches as we face ecological crisis and collapse.”
—Dean Spade, author of Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During this Crisis (and the next)

“An important and on time contribution to the somatic field. In Taking the State out of the Body Rubin takes readers through the intricate landscape of embodied resistance and the intersections of identity. Rooted in their experience of Jewish identity and faith and community organizing, this book shows the impact of colonization, trauma and ethno-nationalism on our bodies and reminds us that the way to liberation is always through feeling and towards each other.”
Prentis Hemphill, founder of the Embodiment Institute, author of What It Takes to Heal: How Transforming Ourselves Can Change the World

“Wracked by its spectacular violence, we don’t always think about how the State intercedes in our mundane embodiment, severing our necessary interdependence. With a queer anti-Zionist Jewish approach, Taking the State out of the Body helps us train our minds towards doykeit, or hereness, where we can inhabit an iterative practice of resistance and repair through coregulation and care. This book is so necessary right now as we grapple with new and old generational trauma and face the seeming impossibility of exiting the cycles of violence. As Eliana Rubin shows us, we won’t be ready for liberation until we find our way back to each other in our bodies in healing relationship. In this book, we learn so many models of worldly, spiritual, and more-than-human survival and thriving.”
—Shuli Branson, author of Practical Anarchism: A Guide for Daily Life, host of The Breakup Theory podcast

“What an incredible resource Eliana has given us with Taking the State out of the Body. While it takes us intimately through the experience of a Jewish embodied experience of moving beyond Zionism, it is also so clear how this text can help everyone with a body think beyond the boundaries of the State and into deep relationship with the earth.”
—adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Taking the State Out of the Body is a passionate treatise on the revolutionary power of healing and Jewish identity. Instead of turning to the world of states, prisons, and militaries, Eliana Rubin shows us how the only solution to our shared history of trauma is a politics of mutual liberation, a battle by everyone for everyone.”
—Shane Burley, co-author of Safety Through Solidarity: A Radical Guide to Fighting Antisemitism.

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