This week has been a trying time for our community. Donald Trump is claiming that we cannot be progressive while the far left is telling us we cannot be Zionist. We categorically reject these demands coming from every direction and commit to standing proudly with all our authentic selves. There has never been a more important time for the community we are building, and we are so glad you are part of it.
With love and solidarity,
Recap and Reflection
We spoke out last week about Netanyahu decision at Trump's command to ban two sitting Congresswomen from entering Israel:
"To all the American Jews who feel gut-punched today: Resist the temptation to turn your back on your community or the state of Israel. Sometimes (recently, often) they get things wrong, but that does not mean you need to be ashamed of your Zionism. There is virtue in our steadfast commitment to Jewish liberation and a safe and secure Jewish state, despite our disagreement with decisions of its current government. There is also virtue in our steadfast commitment to our progressive American domestic ideals, despite the fact that some progressive leaders perpetuate anti-Jewish bias and antisemitism masquerading as "anti-Zionism."
To all the Zionesses in our midst: You are not alone, you are not crazy. Our community is being manipulated and exploited as a political wedge, and we must resist THAT with all our heart and all our might."
Click here for the full statement.
We spoke out on Trump's wildly anti-Semitic and deeply dangerous commentary relating to Jewish loyalty:
"We don't have loyalty oaths in democracies.
People who "love the Jews" don't accuse us of dual loyalty. People who "love the Jews" don't categorize us as "good Jews" or "bad Jews". People who "love the Jews" don't call us stupid. Antisemites do these things.
Remember this as the day that the President of the United States casually employed several of the most explicitly antisemitic conspiracy theories in the same breath."
Click here for the full statement.
Please share these graphics thanking these military heroes for their service, their courage and yes, their loyalty.
We are so proud of our very own Carly Pildis for putting into words exactly how we have been feeling. This is a must-read piece for anyone who sincerely wishes to fight—as opposed to politicize—anti-Semitism. Warning: You may shed a tear reading this one.
What Donald Trump Will Never Understand About Jews
"Let’s start by being honest with ourselves. As hard as this is to accept, it’s simply a reality that whole swaths of the American political establishment are treating us like morons. Like we couldn’t possibly believe that Omar’s rhetoric is anti-Semitic and Trump’s rhetoric is also anti-Semitic. As though we couldn’t possibly be nuanced enough to be furious at both these few members of the House as well as the president. As though we couldn’t recognize both the left and the right have anti-Semitism problems. Be furious at BOTH. Demand better from BOTH. Look at your side of the aisle and raise hell—that is what you owe your people, your tribe; not lockstep agreement or partisanship, but the courage and conviction to demand the very best from those you vote for, volunteer, donate to, identify with. I want to see you at every town hall, meet-and-greet, and advocacy day demanding that those who are asking for your vote fight rising anti-Semitism always, not just when politically useful."
Further Recommended Reading
Donald Trump and the 'Disloyal' Jews.
by Bari Weiss, New York Times op-ed editor and staff writer
"The Jews of America are in the midst of a political crisis, sped along at breakneck speed by a president asking us, bluntly, to choose. Vote for a party whose base seems increasingly in thrall with newbie politicians who are unapologetic supporters of the B.D.S. movement, a new face of old anti-Semitism, even as the party’s leadership remains pro-Israel. Or vote for the party led by a man who is loyal to nothing but himself, who actively sets Americans against one other, and, more, genuinely seems to thrill at creating a disunited state of America."
Trump keeps pushing anti-Semitic stereotypes. But he thinks he's praising Jews.
by Yair Rosenberg, Senior Writer at Tablet Magazine
"So is Trump a philo-Semite or an anti-Semite? The answer is both. The principle that explains his seemingly contradictory outlook toward Jews is simple: Trump believes all the anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews. But he sees those traits as admirable."
Amanda Berman at Jewish Center of the Hamptons
44 Woods Lane, East Hampton, NY
Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. ET
Executive Director Amanda Berman will join a group of diverse experts and insiders for a paneled discussion on Israel, Zionism, Israeli politics, Anti-Semitism, and contemporary issues. The panel includes Israeli progressive Rabbi Or Zohar, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Stephen M. Greenberg, and Columbia University law professor, Richard B. Stone. Attendees will hear views that will both challenge you, and strengthen your connection to Israel.
Northeast Zionesses: If you are in the Hamptons and are able to attend, register here.
Amanda Berman at Z3 Project Event
Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg. F) 4th Floor
Palo Alto, California
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m. PT
Executive Director Amanda Beman will be featured in a lecture hosted by the Z3 Project to discuss Zioness and the changing conversation in progressive spaces about Zionism.
South Bay Zionesses: If you are able to attend, register here.
Not My Generation Young Adult Summit
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-10
Check out the below information about the Not My Generation Summit to combat gun violence coming up in November. Not My Generation is founded and run by the most inspiring college-age Zioness, and we are thrilled to support it.
Are you 18-25 years old (or do you have a child this age) and interested in engaging in localized, intersectional gun violence prevention organizing with diverse activists from across the country? If so, take a look at the work Not My Generation is doing!
Not My Generation is committed to engaging diverse communities in the issues that impact them directly. Members of the Zioness community know that white supremacy and gun violence are serious threats to Jewish Americans and Not My Generation wants that perspective represented in their upcoming summit.
Their summit for young adults against gun violence will be held in Washington DC from November 8th-10th, 2019. It will engage 18-25-year-old activists, allowing them to utilize the brainpower, expertise, and energy of an intersectional network of gun violence prevention organizers in order to tackle the unique issues they face in their home communities. The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to connect, learn, plan, ask questions, strategize, build trust, establish accountability, and be inspired by one another. By building coalitions that reach across lines of difference and transcend both organizational spheres and identity politics, we will actively work toward creating unity within — and harnessing the collective power of — the wider gun violence prevention movement.
Click here to apply. If you have any questions, you can reach out to the organizers at NotMyGenerationEvent@gmail.com.