Palestine Category

This Tu B’Shvat, 60 Seattle-ites gathered to reclaim and re-direct another Jewish tradition. Using the Jewish Voice for Peace Tu B’Shvat Haggadah for Healing and Reparation, the Seattle Chapter of JVP kicked off a new national campaign: Trees of Reconciliation. With the goal of planting 3000 trees in the Jenin-Nablus-Salfit triangle of the occupied West […]

Developments on the Egypt-Gaza border

In: Economic Justice, Israel, Palestine

Keeping up with the recent developments in the Middle East… The peace organization Brit Tzedek v’Shalom recapped in an email newsletter sent out today: “Last week, over two hundred Qassam rockets were launched by Palestinian militants into Sderot and elsewhere in Israel’s northern Negev. In response, Israel sealed Gaza’s borders, blocking access by its population […]

I was one of a handful of folks the fabulous editor of Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, Clare Kinberg, emailed to get feedback, thoughts and more when the Ms. Magazine hoopla was in all it’s glory, creating what the media loves…controversy, controversy, controversy. So, I was happy to see that she got this much needed […]

Give it up for The Jew and the Carrot who are giving us some serious holiday love, including Tu B’shvat seders in…yes, I know not surprising…New York and San Francisco. We’ve got one for you in Seattle, but definitely let us know what’s going on in your small towns, street corners, downtown bars, back roads, […]

Jewish Voice for Peace JOB DESCRIPTION DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND OUTREACH JOB TITLE: Director of Education and Outreach SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Director of Education and Policy is responsible for providing internal and external education through a wide variety of methods that increase the ability for members, supporters and allies to support JVP’s efforts by […]

Last week, I spent two days in Bethlehem with a group called Encounter. They bring groups of rabbinical and cantorial students, as well as Jewish educators, to various places in Palestine to meet with local leaders, stay with families, and learn about the effects of Israeli policies on Palestinian communities. It was a remarkable trip; […]

Disputing the Notion of Birthright

In: Israel, Law of Return, Palestine

It’s nice to see Birthright Unplugged (BRUP) getting some good media coverage this summer. For those of you who don’t know about BRUP, here’s a bit about who they are from their website: Birthright Unplugged offers opportunities for people to gain knowledge through first-hand experiences and to use that knowledge to make positive change in […]


In: Israel, Palestine

In Israel, native Israelis are called “sabra,” which means cactus. The reason that they are called sabra is because Israelis, like cacti, are prickly on the outside and sweet on the inside. There is a deep irony in this. As you travel around Israel, seeing patches of cacti in the countryside lets you know that […]

Originally published on Wiretap, June 1, 2007 By Dan Berger and Nava EtShalom Issue: Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Why? Forced expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 and Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in 1967. Action: The first, ever national march and lobby day in the U.S. exclusively […]

for poetry month (why april, by the way? ‘the cruelest month’? ‘with his shoures soote’? please.), here’s the text of a talk by irena klepfisz – a fantastic poet in yiddish, english, and both at once, as well as an insightful essayist and deeply committed radical – from a 2006 conference at barnard college called “Jewish Women Changing America: Cross-Generational Conversations”. at the bottom is a poem from one of klepfisz’s books. a complete transcript of the “Changing Culture” panel that klepfisz spoke on (and the rest of the conference) is available online here.

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