Youth Category

Sarah Lyhall of the New York Times reports that Britain’s Supreme Court ruled against a Jewish high school in London that had rejected an applicant because his mother wasn’t Jewish enough – and so, by extension, neither was he. Yep, she had chosen Judaism years ago and gone through a conversion process, but By all […]

Shministim Letter: Senior’s Letter 2009-2010

In: Israeli Occupation, military service, Youth

We, the undersigned young women and men, Jews and Arabs from all parts of the country, hereby declare that we will toil against the occupation and oppression policies of the Israeli government in the occupied territories, and in the territory of the land of Israel, and therefore refuse to take part in actions related to […]

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 […]

Check out Michelle Goldberg’s new web-only piece, “Same As It Ever Was?” up at The American Prospect. Her tagline, or more likely her editor’s tagline, for the article wonders if the “pro-Israel lobby, long seen as an immutable part of American politics, may be headed toward obsolescence.” I’m not sure if I buy that, since […]

In a web-only piece for TAP, Dana Goldstein calls for encouragement of more “nuanced debate” on the history and present of Israel and the Occupied Territories. She uses the image of the “curious child — a child who deserves a thoughtful, honest answer” to pose the question of why institutional Judaism, generally, “teach[es] Jewish children […]

Rotem Mor is a 27 year old Israeli peace activist who became active for peace at the age of 19 following his choice to refuse army service after a year and a half of being a soldier. After his release from prison, and then the army, Rotem became involved different projects (New Profile and AFSC) […]

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 […]

A Dream Deferred

In: Immigration, JVoices, Take Action, Youth

This video speaks for itself, riffing off of Langston Hughes’ poem, “A Dream Deferred.” Many of us have friends, classmates, former classmates and family members who know all too well how U.S. policies around immigration are failing the future of our country, and so many young people. Add your name to the pledge that Obama, […]

Super Tuesday–have you gotten your fix yet? Well have no fear if you haven’t, I’m sure tomorrow will be filled with delightful commentary. We know this is a big day for Jews, since almost two-thirds of Jews in the U.S. will be voting tomorrow. Reading through the Jewish papers Presidential Primary commentary on the Democratic […]