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 - 5:38am
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 - 9:17am
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 - 12:33pm
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 - 8:34am
“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
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 10:39am
As supporters of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization inspired by the Jewish tradition of working for social justice, equality and human rights, we are committed to a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis that is based on the tenets of democracy and international law. We also believe that only by understanding both Jewish and Palestinian narratives can we ever hope to reach a lasting peace and mutual understanding.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 8:55am
“If Hillel wants to be the Israel advocacy organization on campus that also provides a wealth of other programming for Jewish students, that’s fine,” Sales said, “but then it’s inaccurate to call itself the center for Jewish life while excluding a group of Jewish students who do not support Israel as a Jewish and democratic state but who are not violent or discriminatory, and who ground their positions in Jewish values.”
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 8:49am
According to the JVP press release, the group was denied Hillel
membership as a group because of its support of boycotts of Israeli
goods produced in settlements in the West Bank. The settlements,
according to co-founder of JVP Liza Behrendt '11, are a violation of
international law which the JVP refuses to support by consuming goods