As a teenager, my synagogue youth group led to involvement in late 1960s civil rights, farmworker and anti-war movements.
Spending a year in Israel after high school, that background helped me quickly see its inequities and the evils of occupation.
In college, I jumped into a vaguely defined, heterogeneous “Jewish radical student movement,” by 1974 concluding it was paramount to unite around human rights and equal justice for all.
Later that year, I went to live in Israel, immediately joined anti-occupation and socialist groups and found useful work as a journalist, editing local publications while publishing and broadcasting analytical reports in the U.S. and Europe. I remained 10 years and completed law school in Jerusalem.
In California since 1985, I raised a family, working as a journalist, then as managing attorney with a nonprofit legal aid program, while always remaining politically engaged. Now I’m a full-time volunteer activist/consultant/organizer with the National Lawyers Guild and progressive Democrats, but mostly, JVP. This year, I’ve spearheaded the coalition fighting California’s anti-boycott legislation.
I believe my multifaceted experience — working with myriad people and groups, developing and implementing legal and advocacy strategies for change and building effective coalitions — will serve JVP well.