Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 7:45am
It is therefore gratifying to observe the emergence of J Street, to see
groups like Americans for Peace Now and Jewish Voice for Peace become
more vocal, and to see writers like Peter Beinart and David Remnick take
public stances that are substantially different from ones they might
have expressed a few years ago.
Roughly a dozen local rabbis and rabbinical students signed a letter calling on Brandeis University's Hillel to reverse its decision and accept a membership bid by the local Jewish Voice for Peace Chapter.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 6:38am
Friday, March 25, 2011
Any act of violence, especially one against civilians, marks a profound failure of human imagination and causes a deep and abiding trauma for all involved. In mourning the nine lives lost in Gaza and the one life lost in Jerusalem this week, we reject the pattern of condemning the deaths of Israelis while ignoring the deaths of Palestinians. We do not discriminate. One life lost is one life too many--whether Palestinian or Israeli.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 03/23/2011 - 10:17am
The controversial film, which many Jewish organizations find offensive for its negative portrayal of Israelis, garnered a slew of publicity thanks to the screening last week at the U.N. (A handful of Jewish organizations, such as the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League, came out against the U.N.'s decision to screen the film in the General Assembly hall. A couple of other groups, including Jewish Voice for Peace.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 1:33pm
Adam Lerner, a sophomore at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where
JVP is organizing, says Hillel, which has the stated goal of providing a
safe space for students to explore their Jewish identity, should not
set a political litmus test for who is in and who is out.
“If Hillel promotes itself as ‘the’ center for Jewish life on campus,
they need to have as pluralistic a voice as possible,” Lerner said. “If
Israel is open to all Jews, then Hillel should be open to all Jewish
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 03/18/2011 - 9:34am
“Hillel needs to give groups like Jewish Voice for Peace a place at
the Jewish communal table,” he said. “If not, Hillel will alienate a
generation of young Jews committed to our values of peace, justice and