We are shocked and disturbed by Starbucks' decision to drop the ADL from leading its upcoming anti-bias training, giving in to calls by individuals who have repeatedly endorsed anti-Semitic views. Read and share our full statement on this issue.
Our movement continues to grow. We are incredibly proud to welcome to our board Rabbi Denise Eger of Congregation Kol-Ami in West Hollywood, California. Rabbi Eger is a trailblazer whose long list of accomplishments includes fighting for secular and Jewish recognition of same-sex marriages and serving as the first gay or lesbian president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
We also encourage our DC-area Zionesses to come to the JCRC 2018 Annual Meeting, where Zioness President Amanda Berman and Board Member Ann Lewis will be part of a panel discussing the challenges facing progressive Zionists.
We feel empowered by the phenomenal responses we continue to receive from Zionesses around the country and are thrilled to continue growing our organization.
And just as a reminder, you can support us through donations or by wearing your Zioness pride!
With love and solidarity,
Our Statement on Starbucks and the ADL
We released the following statement this week. Please share on Facebook or by forwarding this email to your friends and family.
The Zioness Movement is shocked and disturbed by Starbucks' decision to drop the ADL - Anti-Defamation League from leading its upcoming anti-bias training. With this decision, Starbucks has capitulated to calls by individuals who have repeatedly endorsed anti-Semitic views. What a painful irony that, in their attempt to combat racial stereotyping, Starbucks has given in to purveyors of other hatreds.
Tamika D Mallory and Linda Sarsour have no authority lecturing anyone – especially one of America’s largest and most influential corporations – on bigotry. Their longstanding adoration of Minister Louis Farrakhan (who has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an unabashed anti-Semite and who preaches hate against the LGBTQ community) should disqualify them from directing any national discourse on discrimination.
As inclusive progressives committed to civil rights and social justice for all people, we are alarmed that the decision-making of a corporate and community leader like Starbucks could be influenced by homophobe-admiring activists who traffic in the worst kinds of anti-Semitic imagery. The ADL has been on the front lines of civil rights advocacy and anti-bias work for more than a hundred years and is uniquely qualified to provide trainings on white supremacy, implicit bias and divisive stereotyping, helping to build stronger, more open and welcoming communities.
We call on Starbucks to stand up to hatred and bigotry, and reinstate the ADL as a leading partner in this necessary conversation.
Welcome Rabbi Denise Eger to the Zioness Board
We are proud to welcome to our board Rabbi Denise L. Eger, the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol-Ami and a prominent activist for LGBTQ rights.
Rabbi Eger became the 60th President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis in 2015, becoming the first openly gay or lesbian rabbi to that position. She made history in 2008 when she officiated at the first legal wedding for a lesbian couple in California. In 2000, Rabbi Eger was instrumental in helping pass the CCAR resolution to support officiation of gay and lesbian commitment ceremonies. She also co-authored the official Reform movement gay and lesbian wedding liturgy.
Rabbi Eger has written articles for a number of publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Jewish Journal, Forward, and The Advocate, and has contributed to several books on Judaism and on LGBTQ issues. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including from the Human Rights Campaign, the City of West Hollywood, the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Churches, LA Weekly, and the Forward.
Zioness Meets Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Amanda was able to catch up with fellow Zioness, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday. Her advice? MARCH. Show up, be proud, and be heard!
Zioness at the JCRC of Greater Washington
2018 Annual Meeting: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Progressive Zionists
Monday, May 7 from 7 - 9 pm in North Bethesda
Hear about how progressive Zionists are organizing and uniting. Panelists include Zioness co-founder and President Amanda Berman; Zioness Board Member, JAC Education Foundation President and leading progressive political strategist Ann Lewis, and A Wider Bridge National Advisory Board Member and JCRC Board Member Chris McCannell.
This event is open to the public but requires an RSVP. We highly encourage you to come!
Zioness in the News
Starbucks Excludes ADL from Racial Training
By Aaron Bandler / The Jewish Journal
"In a press release, the Zioness Movement criticized Starbucks for their decision. ...The movement proceeded to slam Mallory and Sarsour for their prior associations with the “unabashed anti-Semite” Louis Farrakhan and defended the ADL."
Jewish Progressives Accuse Starbucks of ‘Giving in’ to ‘Purveyors of Hatred’ After ADL Excluded From Anti-Bias Training
By Algemeiner Staff
"Jewish progressives from the Zioness movement — which describes itself as “a coalition of activists and allies that express their Zionist and progressive values through collective action” — denounced Starbucks for “capitulating” to political pressure, pointing out as well that many of the ADL’s adversaries are linked to Louis Farrakhan’s antisemitic Nation of Islam (NoI)."