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Amanda Berman: The Zioness Movement

March 16, 2020

Amanda Berman joined the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion College Commons podcast where she discussed the ZIONESS movement, and the continual fight against anti-Zionism in progressive spaces.

As the Workplace Landscape Shifts, Millennials Take Center Stage — and the Corner Office

March 18, 2020

Millennials “face a litmus test of being a progressive or a Zionist. We say it is a false choice and the imposition of that is inherently antisemitic,” Amanda Berman, founder and executive director of Zioness, told JI, adding that Jewish women who are both feminist and Zionist have “felt politically homeless.” In under three years, Zioness has grown to 34 chapters around the country, she said, from South Florida to Raleigh, N.C., Washington, New York and L.A.

Like many of her peers, Berman, 34, has a connection to Judaism different from older generations. “My connection is much more about values and activism,” said Berman, who noted that millennials are not joining synagogues and looking for alternative ways to connect to Judaism.  

Resistance to Tyranny and Longing for Zion, Then and Now

March 31, 2020

Zionism, then as now, transcends the politics of the state; it is rather our everlasting commitment to our own Jewish existentialism. Passover is the first time, but certainly not the last time, that Zionism proved itself as freedom and liberation for the Jewish people, breathtaking in its righteousness.

But the lessons of freedom and liberation handed down from generation to generation, not just at Seder but in our very Jewish beings, is not exclusive to ourselves. The Jewish people have had outsized influence in justice movements the world over not in spite of, but because of, the lessons we have learned in fighting for freedom and liberation in every era, society and political culture throughout our history.

7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2019

December 18, 2019

The DC Dyke March started out by banning Jewish Pride flags because they resemble the Israeli flag. Strategic and persistent activists—supported by allies from ZionessA Wider Bridge, and other organizations—spoke up, showed up and were ultimately allowed to bring their whole selves and their symbols of choice to the demonstration. Kudos to the National LBTQ Taskforce for withdrawing support of the event and to the Jewish Dykes who refused to be, as Adrienne Rich put it, “split at the root.” Allies who supported Dykes bearing Jewish Pride flags while honoring that Dyke marches need to be queer women-centered spaces also deserve credit. So do the marchers who, according to Carly Pildis, “expressed deep sadness that any queer woman felt the need to have allies protecting them at the Dyke March.” 

2nd Annual Muslims Israel: Dialogue Series

December 16, 2019

The 2nd Annual Muslim, Israel Dialogue series, founded by host Sheikh Musa Drammeh, publisher of the Muslim Community Report newspaper took place at Mercy College's new Manhattan location. Both Jewish and Muslim leaders there joined in the call for peace in Israel including the Zioness Movement.

Jewish and Israel-related groups react to Trump’s executive order on anti-Semitism

December 11, 2019

In a statement, Zioness Movement said, “with anti-Semitism rising around the globe and from every corner of social and political life, American Jews are feeling increasingly afraid—not just of the attacks on our bodily integrity, well-being and peoplehood, but of the disproportionate attention and focus on ‘the Jews.’

“Attempts to define us in certain ways or as members of certain categories or classes of people do not end well for the Jewish people, and it is difficult for us to find comfort in any action by an American president who singles out marginalized group after marginalized group, consistently propagates classical anti-Semitic tropes and cozies up to white nationalists, including within the senior ranks of his own administration.”

IMHO, Protecting Jewish Students with an Executive Order is a Bad Idea

December 11, 2019

In the words of ZIONESS, “…Attempts to define us in certain ways or as members of certain categories or classes of people do not end well for the Jewish people, and it is difficult for us to find comfort in any action by an American President who singles out marginalized group after marginalized group, consistently propagates classical antisemitic tropes, and cozies up to white nationalists––including within the senior ranks of his own administration…”

Trump Condemns Jersey City Shooting, Signs Executive Order on College Anti-Semitism

December 11, 2019

Zioness, a feminist Zionist group of activists, said in a statement that they must ensure that “any classification of Jews or any other persecuted group does not lead to more of the disgraceful ‘othering’ we have seen from this administration since Day 1. But we must also recognize that the Jewish community, and Jewish students in our nation’s university halls, dorms and quads, must be protected to the full extent of the law.”

Opening Up American-Israeli Conversations at Z3 Conference

November 20, 2019

Civil rights attorney and Zioness Movement Executive Director Amanda Berman weighed in, saying, “You can be a proud Zionist and feminist and fight for social justice without checking any part of your identity at the door. We don’t have to be held responsible for Israeli policy to participate in our social activist agenda. We need to remind the world that we’re not just fighting for Jews. It’s too important for us to allow the division that is anti-Zionism in these spaces,” which, she said, can distract attention away from issues like health care and equal pay. 

Progressive Zionist Student Condemns Left-Wing Anti-Semitism in NYT Op-Ed

November 14, 2019

Zioness Director of Grassroots Organizing Carly Pildis tweeted, “This article from local @ZionessMovement activist @BlakeFlayton moved me to tears. We have your back – we will not allow you, or anyone else, to be kicked out of movements for your own rights.”

As Supreme Court Takes Up DACA, 'Dreamers' hope for another temporary reprieve

November 12, 2019

Zioness Director of Grassroots Giving and Zioness signs were pictured in a PBS NewsHour segment about the DACA case at the Supreme Court of the United States

Letter To The Editor: In This Unique Moment, Zioness Speaks For Us

October 17, 2019

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Zioness Seeks to Create New Progressive Jewish Narrative

September 25, 2019

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Women’s March drops new board member after outcry over antisemitism

September 24, 2019

“While Ms. Billoo should never have been appointed, we applaud the Women’s March, Inc. leadership for voting to remove her. After years of waffling and empty statements in response to the Jewish community’s attempts to communicate our pain and alienation, this swift, decisive action is welcomed,” the Zioness Movement said in a statement.

Newly Appointed Women’s March Board Member Dropped After Charges of Anti-Semitism

September 20, 2019

“While Ms. Billoo should never have been appointed, we applaud the Women’s March, Inc. leadership for voting to remove her. After years of waffling and empty statements in response to the Jewish community’s attempts to communicate our pain and alienation, this swift, decisive action is welcomed,” the Zioness Movement said in a statement.

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