During our hiatus, JVoices was recognized for contributing to broader social justice work during Super 8: Hub Hanukkah Party and Progressive Jewish Alliance’s 4th Annual Festival of Rights. I was honored for my work in founding and running JVoices.
As a site in which scores of contributors put ourselves out there, wrestle with provocative issues and demand that all of us ask more questions, dig deeper, and speak our truths, I accepted this honor in recognition that it was about all of us, our resiliency, and our demand to bring all of ourselves to the table. All of us who have put time into showing love, and representing a bigger, bolder and broader representation of Jewish life than what often crosses our paths.
Other honorees included Evelyn Sanchez from Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, Daniel Sokatch founder of PJA and now CEO of the SF Federation, Ruby Cymrot-Wu, a LGBT rights and marriage equality activist, an organizer from Unite Here Local 2, and Samantha Witman and Yasmeen Peer from Abraham’s Vision.
So, I want to say thank you. Being honored is a joyous affair, and even more of a simcha when I get to say it’s thanks to so many who know what it means live in, and love, our communities-–in plural-–because we live in many, and will not choose between them. For that is the truth of our Jewishness.