Yesterday this site slagged Mortimer Zuckerman (and got his name wrong, as Morton; sorry Mort!) for his deceptive suggestion on Huffington Post that the West Bank is part of Israel. Recently the Washington Post made the same error in an…
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In a new collection called Kingdom of Olives and Ash that decries Israel’s 50 years of occupation, Michael Chabon documents the grinding humiliations and complete loss of freedom for Palestinians living in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, who must get permits just to travel a few miles.
On the 75th anniversary of the American Council for Judaism, Allan C. Brownfeld writes about how the group has challenged the Zionist philosophy which holds that Israel is the “homeland” of all Jews. He explains how the group advanced the philosophy of Judaism as a religion of universal values, not a nationality, and has maintained that Americans of Jewish faith are American by nationality and Jews by religion — just as other Americans are Protestants, Catholics or Muslims.
In an open letter to progressive Jews, Jewish activists says this moment calls for a strong, broad, united front against the Trump administration’s agenda but there are groups within the Jewish community that progressives should not stand beside: “Specifically, we refer to the February 12 rallies in support of refugees in which Jewish social justice groups cosponsored the action with, among others, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), two organizations that have toxic anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian policies.”
Zionism excuses a multitude of sins. That’s why reform temple B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim of Deerfield, Il., led by a female rabbi, is welcoming rightwing Chabad rabbi Shmuley Boteach, whose community is sexist–because he supports Israel.
Scarlett Johansson is getting some backup for her controversial decision to represent SodaStream, a product made in a Jewish colony in the occupied Palestinian territories. And not just from rightwinger Mike Huckabee. NY City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a liberal Democrat, came to her side last night: Proud of environmentalist/humanitarian Scarlett Johansson for standing strong against […]
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is to speak to the U.N. General Assembly today, and yesterday 100 prominent American Jews published a letter urging Abbas to stand up for the two-state solution and implicitly to renounce the Palestinian right of return and a Palestinian military. The signers includes liberals like Rabbi Roly Matalon of B’nai Jeshrun in […]
This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Reading about the singing of the national anthem(s) at the end of the Yom Kippur service at the Reform synagogue, B’nai Jeshoshua Beth Elohim, north of Chicago, I couldn’t help but wonder […]
Earlier this year, a big Reform synagogue north of Chicago, B’nai Jeshoshua Beth Elohim, sent its annual delegation to the Washington conference of the Israel lobby, AIPAC. It looks like about 30 members of the congregation went– and almost all of them are over 40. It turns out the nationalism extends beyond lobbying the Congress […]
Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren (center) poses with Rabbi Andy Bachman, on the right. (Photo: Alex Kane) Last night, Congregation Beth Elohim seemed to leave its grounded place in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and zoomed its way into another universe. The universe of Michael Oren, that is–a place where Israel can […]
This review of Peter Beinart’s book The Crisis of Zionism is to appear in the next issue of the journal of the American Council for Judaism. Author Allan Brownfeld allowed us to post it ahead of publication. There can be little doubt that the philosophy of Zionism—-Jewish nationalism—-is in retreat among American Jews. Zionism holds […]
Jodi Rudoren is the next NYT bureau chief in Jerusalem. She replaces Ethan Bronner, who will cover national legal affairs in NY. — NYTimes World (@nytimesworld) February 14, 2012 Per the NYTimes World twitter account, Ethan Bronner is being re-assigned to cover national legal affairs from New York. The new bureau chief in Jerusalem will […]
Rabbi Andy Bachman is a leading liberal Zionist. He’s spoken at J Street, he hosted Rashid Khalidi at his shul, Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. Well the Park Slope food coop is considering boycotting Israeli goods, and Bachman is opposed to boycott. Here he is interviewed by Julie Wiener in the NY Jewish Week. Bachman: if […]
Once, in the bulk goods aisle of the Park Slope Food Coop, a wild-haired woman stood next to me and scrutinized the coffee-grinder settings. “I’m using it for an enema,” she explained. “It needs to be very fine.” I suggested the espresso grind. This is exactly the kind of shopping experience I hoped for when […]
Rabbi Andy Bachman of Beth Elohim in Brooklyn can, in a post anticipating the Park Slope Food Coop’s vote on whether to stop selling Israeli hummus. Bachman describes Israel as a “remarkable achievement virtually unprecedented in human history and… therefore an incredible source of pride for Jews and others around the world” and continues: Israel’s […]
This is amazing. Next Tuesday evening, several groups will be picketing Ricky’s NY, a cosmetics store in Brooklyn Heights that sells Ahava products, which are made in the occupied West Bank from minerals that belong to Palestinians. Nancy Kricorian of Code Pink, one of the organizers (along with Brooklyn for Peace, Jews Say No, and […]
Three years ago a Palestinian friend sauntered down Broadway and said, I have only one goal in life, I want to end Zionism. I was shocked that a person would say something like that, I thought he must be a violent revolutionary. Well a lot has changed, and last night I went to an event […]
Last night I went to hear Rashid Khalidi speak at the Brooklyn Reform synagogue, Beth Elohim. A gorgeous temple, and before giving Khalidi the microphone at the altar, Rabbi Andy Bachman went down the list of groups that had sponsored…
This is huge. Beth Elohim is the biggest Reform temple in Brooklyn. I’ve seen Combatants for Peace at Beth Elohim, and I’ve heard the rabbi talk about Darfur. Well Rashid Khalidi is speaking there next month– “one of the world’s…
Last night Brit Tzedek, a group that opposes the Israel lobby from within the Jewish community, staged a presentation by two members of Combatants for Peace, an organization of former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian resistance fighters working for a two-state…