Zioness continues to grow as we spread our message and bring together the progressive Zionist community.
In this newsletter:
Powerful and insightful articles about Zionism and progressives
Information about our post-midterms Facebook Live event with an incredible slate of progressive activists and A VERY SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
Upcoming and past events, including an Oct. 30 speaking event in Boston with Zioness founder Amanda Berman and board member Chloé Valdary and a quick recap of a B'nai Brith panel where Zioness founder Amanda Berman and board member Ann Lewis spoke about Zionism in progressive spaces
An exciting announcement: In December, A Wider Bridge will honor Zioness board member Ann Lewis at their New York Gala for her decades of work supporting progressive causes—including LGBTQ rights—and the pro-Israel community. Amanda is proud to co-chair the event.
And just as a reminder, you can support us through donations or by wearing your Zioness pride!
With love and solidarity,
Zioness Recommended Readings
Anti-Zionism Has No Place in the Progressive Movement
by Carly Pildis, Tablet contribution
“Anti-Zionism ghettoizes Jews from the rest of the justice movement, putting a wall around us that separates us from other marginalized people.
The demand that Jews [should] discard a key element of our liberation, culture, and identity to join a social justice movement is anything but progressive. It is a radical silencing and rejection of core parts of our history and identity as an oppressed people.”
A New Wave of Democrats Tests the Party’s Blanket Support for Israel
by Catie Edmondson, The New York Times
“I do worry that there are some on the extreme left of our party who adopt slogans” that are creating tensions, said Representative Brad Sherman, Democrat of California and a pro-Israel voice in the party.
Others dismissed the newcomers as a fringe, with little influence. “We’re talking about a handful of people; they’re certainly not going to move Congress’s wall-to-wall support for Israel,” said Ron Halber, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. “Could it turn into a ripple? Perhaps. You have a unique combination of forces right now.”
A New Democratic House Majority Will Continue Our Historic Support for Israel
by Ted Deutch, Times of Israel contribution
"Many Democratic Members of Congress, myself included, are helping to educate our potential colleagues, especially those without previous foreign policy experience, about the deep bond between the United States and Israel – from shared security concerns to the vibrant democracies in both countries that welcome voices from across the political spectrum.
Those who seek to politicize the U.S.-Israel relationship can generate news stories about a handful of individual Democratic politicians. Voters should be confident that support for Israel will continue to be a staple of the Democratic party – just as it has been since President Harry Truman first recognized the State of Israel 70 years ago."
Zioness To Host Facebook Live Discussion post 2018 Midterms
The midterm elections will show just how much our country has changed in the past two years. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, Zioness will host an in-depth discussion though Facebook Live on the role of anti-Semitism and #MeToo in the midterm races, and how the results will shape the political landscape in 2020.
Our panel of amazing, progressive-Zionist powerhouses includes Amanda Berman, Tyler Gregory, Carly Pildis, Susan George, Lauren Post and Arielle Mokhtarzadeh and will feature a SPECIAL GUEST who we will introduce live.
Like us on Facebook to receive a notification when we go live.
We are accepting questions for our panelists from Zionesses! We also encourage you to organize a watch party for your fellow local Zionesses to start the conversation about how we as Zionists can work to support progressivism. If you would like help reaching out to other local Zionesses for your watch party, or if you would submit a question for our panelists, please email email@example.com.
Amanda Berman and Chloe Valdary at Northeastern University
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 12-1 pm at campus building DK 44
Zioness Co-Founder and President Amanda Berman and board member Chloe Valdary will speak to Northeastern University law school students and the public about how the relationship between progressivism, identity, and law.
Boston Zionesses: RSVP here! Lunch will be provided.
Last Week: Amanda Berman and Ann Lewis at B'nai Brith 2018 Forum
Last Monday, Zioness Co-Founder and President Amanda Berman and board member Ann Lewis spoke on a panel with B'nai Brith about the current state of Zionism in progressive spaces.
Board Member Ann Lewis to be Honored at A Wider Bridge's New York Gala
Our fierce Zioness board member, progressive icon Ann Lewis, will be honored for her decades of leadership in the pro-Israel and feminist movements at the 2018 A Wider Bridge Gala in New York City on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Ann will receive the Champion Ally Award for sharing A Wider Bridge’s call to “refuse to choose” between Israel and progressive causes, including LGBTQ rights.
Amanda is also thrilled to co-chair this important event to support the incredible work that A Wider Bridge does for the LGBTQ community in Israel and in the United States. We hope every Zioness in the tri-state area joins us in supporting (and celebrating) this extraordinary organization.
If you haven't already purchased your tickets, you still can here!