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Shelby Handler

Shelby Handler (they/them) is a writer and teaching artist living on Duwamish land/Seattle, WA. Currently, they are an MFA candidate at the University of Washington. While in school, Shelby is going to keep spending all their spare time teaching 4th grade Jewish weirdos and splintering white supremacy through organizing, study, ritual and pedagogy.


Al Ḥeyt, a paraliturgical translation by Shelby Handler & Maia Brown

Contributed on: 24 Sep 2020 by Shelby Handler | Maia Brown |

This prayer is not a comprehensive list of every single sin we sinned, every error we erred, every mark we missed. The original Al Ḥeyt is intended to show us the roots of all failures, to dig beneath how we harm, to see where that hurt came from. We follow these trails together, not absolved from our own repairs, but never alone in struggles to uproot, to propagate new ways of being ourselves, new ways of being ourselves, of being together. . . .

Blessing over Separation, by Shelby Handler

Contributed on: 29 Nov 2017 by Shelby Handler |

The Blessing over Separations was first read by Shelby Handler on Rosh Ḥodesh Kislev at the 2017 ADVA Reunion, a reunion of the community of Adamah Farm fellows and Teva Learning Center educators at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center. . . .