Our observance shouldn’t be limited to studying Jewish involvement in the Civil Right Movement (we see you, Freedom Riders). Black History Month isn’t about patting “white saviors” on the back but rather about celebrating the accomplishments of African-Americans.
Raphael’s novel, Murder Under the Fig Tree, is the second in a murder mystery series set in the West Bank, featuring a Palestinian Authority policewoman and a Jewish American Palestine solidarity activist.
At this time of year, people often make charitable donations. There are many wonderful Jewish social justice organizations covering a spectrum of issues that are worth supporting this season!
By giving millions to those who are already rich and famous, the prize has made itself meaningless at best.
It was the end of the summer of 2014, and the Gaza war continued with horrific casualties. I stood in the hallway, just steps away from my old high school locker, folding and unfolding my staff orientation schedule. Smoothing it out, I stared down at the words "3pm-3:45pm: Israel This Summer."
In an enlightening and even chillingly relevant interview, we spoke with Ferne Pearlstein, the director of the Holocaust comedy documentary The Last Laugh.