The Movement for Black Lives Platform Gives Us Hope, Not Fear

On Tisha B’Av, 10 friends, Jewish residents of Baltimore City, met to discuss the recently published Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) policy platform. On the day we mourn the destruction of our Temple, the exile of the shekhinah (divine presence), the ruthlessness of empire and the dispersal of our people into centuries of diaspora, we… Read More

Mike Pence, Trump’s VP Pick, Supports Traditional Jewish Values

With the presidential race heating up, a number of progressive Jewish commentators have portrayed the Republicans’ vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, as a conservative extremist opposed to Jewish beliefs and values. As officers of the only statewide, grassroots Jewish and Israel advocacy organization in Indiana — who also have had the privilege of… Read More

Why Tim Kaine Is Good for Israel, Jewish Values

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American Jewish voters have naturally voted for Democratic candidates because it has meant voting to support strong social justice and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential choice, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, will continue Democratic action on economic and educational opportunities, retirement security and quality, affordable health care and especially Israel’s… Read More

My Summer of Social Justice, Judaism

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the  Religious Action Center of  Reform Judaism’s Machon  Kaplan summer study-internship program as part of a group of 30 college students from around the country. We came to Washington, D.C., in hopes of discovering more about social justice from a  political and Jewish perspective and were… Read More

Addressing Anti-Israel Sentiment on Campus

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Anti-Israel movements have existed since the founding of the Jewish state, but over the past 10 years, Israel supporters have had to confront a more sophisticated anti-Israel movement than previously seen. In 2005, 170 Palestinian organizations came together for the boycott,  divestment and sanctions movement, one that sponsors the  economic, cultural and academic isolation of… Read More

Peace Now Leader Wants End to P.A.

A veteran leader of the Peace Now movement is apparently calling on Israel to overthrow the Palestinian Authority. It may seem hard to believe, but that’s the plain meaning of an op-ed in the July 29 edition of New York Jewish Week by Martin I. Bresler, a former chairman — and current board member —… Read More

Prelude to a Pogrom

Very recently filmmaker Ami Horowitz documented how Portland State University students reacted when being asked to pledge money to purchase explosives to bomb  Israeli schools, hospitals and synagogues. Far from recoiling in shock and horror or immediately placing calls to Homeland Security, the students reacted in a different way: They happily signed on, many of… Read More

Five Things People with Disabilities Wish You Knew

Eighteen years ago, my best friend gave birth to a baby boy with Down syndrome. I was already very familiar with people who have disabilities, but I had no idea what to say to my friend who had just given birth to a child with severe disabilities. A week later I sat down with a… Read More

Pope Francis Must Insist Auschwitz Church Be Moved

Last week, Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to Poland, visiting Auschwitz — the notorious death camp in Poland where 1.1 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. Auschwitz is comprised of two camps: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II, also called Birkenau. Birkenau is the actual “theater of death,” where the vast majority of Jews were… Read More

Don’t Believe Hype: BDS Is Marginal at Best

Ever since the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel began picking up steam three years ago, its proponents have brazenly declared the movement’s inevitable triumph. In April, for example, a pro-divestment group at the University of Chicago issued a statement proclaiming that by the school’s student government passing a BDS resolution, the university… Read More