Social Justice Category

The following drash/sermon was given during Yom Kippur at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. I love being Jewish. I always have. From the moment I knew I was Jewish, I found a home in the prayers, larger-than-me concepts, values and sense of community that were infused in everything we did. I was aware, however, that I was […]

this is basically a note to send you to a piece i’ve written for the latest issue of the Monthly Review on the origins of the current rise to visibility of jewish opposition to zionism. i hope you’ll read and enjoy – and if you disagree with me, argue here. the piece is online, at […]

As Dahlia Lithwick noted in Slate this past weekend, Guantanamo may be America’s most infamous “prison problem,” but it is far from our only one. Our sentencing and incarceration system is broken. With the U.S. having only 5 percent of the world’s population and yet almost 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, we are imprisoning […]

For the Sake of the Innocent Fifty

In: Social Justice

First published in Reconstructionism Today Autumn 2006, and is still relevant today. Tonight, Wednesday evening, May 27, we count forty nine days, which is seven weeks of the Omer. Genesis 18: 22 – 33: God determines to destroy Sodom. Abraham argues with God, reminding God that God must live by the moral rules God established, […]

is there a jewish newspaper in the u.s. that would even consider printing a piece like the one i’ve copied in below, which ran in ha-aretz on february 13, 2009? if one did, would it ever run another one? how many institutional advertisers would it lose? how many major u.s. jewish organizations would condemn it? […]

now, the statue of limitations on all of our semi-rational exuberance over the symbolism of the current presidency has not yet run out. i figure, based on my friends and family, that it has somewhere between three and nine months left. so i’m not expecting anyone to do anything about this right now. once the memories of the election-night street parties are a little bit more faded, though, it’ll be useful to have these pieces of information ready to hand.

i don’t love posting press releases, but as a new yorker this makes me happy. not as proud as i’d be were i in toronto, montréal, LA or san francisco, but nonetheless. after last week’s demonstration, which brought together the full range of jewish opposition to the israeli government’s war on gaza, from Women in […]

Being Honored

In: JVoices, Social Justice

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 […]

On Sunday, an emotional poetry reading took place in the city of Rehovot, Israel, outside the gates of the Weizmann Institute of Science in solidarity with the workers against the institute’s management. The event was supported by a variety of poetry and art journals, including, “Dhaka“, “Direction East” “Maayan” and “Basta Tarbot” (an initiative of […]

The American Jewish World Service-AVODAH partnership wants you to self-define as an activist. Last night’s Inside the Activists’ Studio conference in New York (co-sponsored by set out to celebrate every kind of social consciousness, from choosing to buy fair trade coffee to going door to door for housing rights. Well over 100 Jewish activists […]