JVP's Rabbinical Council
The Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council has come together to speak out on behalf of justice for all peoples in the Middle East. A fast growing network of rabbis, cantors and rabbinical students, we support each other through bi-annual in-person gatherings, in our Mentorship and Support Program, and ongoing consultation. Since our founding in 2010, Rabbinical Council members' writing has been published in outlets such as Ha’aretz, The Forward, Huffington Post and the JTA. These and more can be found on our blog, www.PalestinianTalmud.com . We create ritual materials and alternative Jewish liturgies for JVP, and provide support for JVP members, chapters, and campaigns. Many individual members are available for speaking and training events.
The Council is co-chaired by Rabbis Brant Rosen and Laurie Zimmerman and is supported by JVP's Director of Campaigns, Rabbi Alissa Wise (pictured above.) Rabbi Brant Rosen is the Midwest Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee. He previously served as Rabbi of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, IL for 17 years. Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman is the Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Shamayim in Madison, Wisconsin and is developing Reframing Israel, a curriculum that helps children and teenagers develop critical thinking skills on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Please note that members of the JVP Rabbinical Council may not endorse or support every action, campaign, or statement made by JVP.
Read Rabbi Brian Walt's Yom Kippur sermon that mentions Jewish Voice for Peace.
"Another Jewish organization that has been active in regard to U.S. policy for many years is Jewish Voice for Peace. While J Street is an explicitly Zionist organization, Jewish Voice for Peace includes Zionists, non-Zionists and anti-Zionists, as well as many non-Jewish Americans. JVP advocates for peace achieved through justice and full equality for both Palestinians and Israelis. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East. It is a strong and consistent voice calling for a U.S. policy that promotes democracy and human rights."