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Jewschool is excited to partner with J Street on “Making History” their 2012 national conference in Washington! Our team covered their inaugural conference in 2009, including Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s chastisement of the Jewish left, critiques of the social justice rhetoric, and musings on its centrist positions. Again in 2011, we covered the controversy of a speaker in favor of divestment, video interviews with the imam of Park 51 and Mona Eltahawy, and thoughts from the only attendee who also went to TribeFest.
It’s an election year and this gathering takes on new-found purpose. The movement has proven it’s here to stay and the list of impressive speakers grows. Just a sampling:
- Amoz Oz, author known as Israel’s conscience
- Anat Hoffman, leader of Women of the Wall and director of the Israeli Religious Action Center
- Peter Beinart, political commentator who on that Monday night will launch his new book The Crisis of Zionism
[Update: Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will be a keynote speaker.]
Also featuring Israeli human rights activists and Middle East journalists, such as leaders of last summer’s 500K-strong social protests, +972 Mag, Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity, Ir Amim, Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Yesh Din, Peace Now, the New Israel Fund, Rabbis for Human Rights and others. From Europe will be France’s J Call and the UK’s Yachad. There is a parade of former military leaders, journalists from America’s top publications, and Jewish institutions from around the world. The conference also features notable Palestinian perspectives, including +972 Mag’s Aziz Abu Sarah and One Voice Palestine’s Rami Rabaya.
Register here — and this year, take advantage of the “pay what you can” registration rate of $36.