On the eve of the New Year, here are a few sermon ideas to make your community more cohesive and inclusive, not less.
Nonviolent protest and civil disobedience -- including boycotts -- were as controversial in the 1960s as they are in our current time.
Why does Beinart paint Jewish pro-BDS millenials like me as detached from Jewish communal life and identity? Maybe he wants to portray liberal Zionists like Simone Zimmerman as the ‘good Jews’ who still care about the Jewish people, and so, as a foil, he needs to characterize us as the ‘non-Jewish Jews’ who don’t. But not only is that inaccurate and offensive, it makes a mockery of the very values of inclusion he claims to cherish and admire. The power and promise of IfNotNow, the anti-occupation movement started by Zimmerman and other former J Street U students, is that, so far at least, it brings pro- and anti-BDS Jews, Zionist and anti-Zionist Jews together in a broad community of prayer and song, resistance and struggle against communal complicity in the occupation. By placing Jews like me outside the ‘bonds of Jewish peoplehood’ and claiming we are post-Jewish universalists who don’t care about the Jewish community, Beinart reinforces the very divisions and exclusions he praises millennials like Zimmerman for breaking down.
Millions of dollars in public education were slashed from the CUNY budget -- reflecting an alliance of McCarthyite pro-Israel and Republican interests.
We are troubled by the implicit and explicit currents of anti-Black racism prevalent in the mass defamation of Professor Karega.
An interview with Dean Spade about Pinkwashing and what it means to talk about anti-Semitism from an anti-Zionist perspective. And another BDS Watch Watch.