Remembering Pittsburgh and forging ahead together

October 22, 2019


In this newsletter:

  • Zionesses Show Up At the Democratic Debate: Zionesses attended the Democratic debate in Ohio proudly waving our signs and making our voices heard.

  • Events this week to commemorate the first anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting including:

    • A Zioness Book Club conversation TOMORROW between Director of Grassroots Organizing Carly Pildis and author and scholar Eric Ward on his article "Skin in the Game".

    • A Day of Action at Central Synagogue in Manhattan on Oct. 27  with AJC NY, JCRC NY, A Wider Bridge, and many other partner organizations to pledge action against antisemitism.

    • #ShowUpForShabbat with Zioness and AJC Global at synagogues across the country on Friday evening Oct. 25 or Saturday morning Oct. 26. Click here to see the current list of participating synagogues.

  • Rabbi Michael White of Temple Sinai in Roslyn, New York wrote a fantastic article about what Zioness means to him and his congregants. Don't forget to check it out and share with hashtag #ZionessSpeaksForMe.

  • Executive Director Amanda Berman is Featured Speaker on JCPA Webinar: She discusses our role as progressives and Zionists in fighting for the social justice issues of our time.

With love and solidarity,

Team Zioness

Recent and Upcoming Events

Recent Events


Zionesses Showed Up at the Recent Democratic Debate

Earlier this week, Zionesses turned out to stand for all their values outside the Democratic debate in Westerville, Ohio.

Thank you so much to Leah Ryzenman for helping organize the event. We will continue to fight for our domestic progressive ideals and a safe and secure Jewish home in the state of Israel as unabashed progressives and unapologetic Zionists. And yes, we are progressives, we are Zionesses and we vote!

We are already organizing for a presence outside the next debate in Atlanta, GA on November 20th. Click the link to join our Atlanta chapter and make sure to invite all your Zioness friends to join us. 











Zioness Executive Director Amanda Berman Featured on JCPA Webinar
Last week, Executive Director Amanda Berman was the featured speaker on a live webcast hosted by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. She discussed our role as progressives and Zionists in the fight for the social justice issues of our time. 

Click here to watch the full webinar!


Must Read


A beautiful letter from a proud Zioness and an exemplary, inspiring Jewish leader: Rabbi Michael A. White on what Zioness means to him and his congregants:

“Zioness speaks for Jews like me for whom peoplehood is at the heart of our Jewish identities, for whom Israel is a central, animating treasure and cause, who are also unapologetically progressive on domestic social justice issues and are horrified by the bigotry and racism we see in the Trump administration’s rhetoric and policies. When leaders of progressive causes tell us we’re welcome so long as we hide our identities, or worse, denounce them, they engage in a version of the bigotry and discrimination they claim to denounce.

I see Zioness as an important antidote to these attacks. When Zioness proudly and loudly advocates for LGBTQ equality, denounces the Trump administration’s racist, draconian immigration policies, promotes sensible gun laws and more, it sends a message: Zionists are kindred spirits in the fight for greater dignity and equality at home, and Zionism is itself a progressive cause. The greatest strength of the progressive social justice advocacy world is its diversity. Jews should be accorded the same rights to our identity that all others are appropriately accorded to theirs.
Zioness fills a different need in the Jewish community, proclaiming that Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state transcends any particular government or policy. In an era of lethal anti-Semitism, Zioness justly and correctly asserts that Zionism and patriotism both animate our lives and our progressive advocacy. We simply refuse to allow others to judge us or define us.”

Read the full piece here.



Upcoming Events


Zioness Book Club with Eric Ward
Zioness Facebook page (Facebook Live)
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 7:00 p.m. EST

As we mourn the first anniversary of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh and reflect on the Yom Kippur shooting outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany, join Director of Grassroots Organizing Carly Pildis for a special Zioness book club event with Eric Ward on his seminal article "Skin In The Game." 

We will discuss the linkages between antisemitism, racism, white nationalism and domestic terror threats, and learn from a scholar and activist who has been on the front lines of the fight against white nationalism and supremacy. We must stand together against the shared threats to all our marginalized communities.  

Don't forget to read the article and send your questions in advance before 7pm ET tomorrow to

Show up for Shabbat with AJC NY
Nationwide (see here for a list of participating synagogues)
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26


Following the murder of 11 innocent Jews at prayer at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue last October, millions of people of all faiths rallied around AJC’s #ShowUpForShabbat initiative, packing synagogues in what became the largest-ever expression of solidarity with the American Jewish community. On the one-year anniversary, we are again calling on all people of good conscience to #ShowUpForShabbat. Let us come together to honor the victims and raise our collective voice for a world free of antisemitism, hate, and bigotry.


Join Zioness and AJC Global at synagogues across the country on Friday evening October 25 or Saturday morning October 26. Click here to see the current list of participating synagogues.


Day of Action Against Antisemitism with AJC NY
Central Synagogue
652 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
Sunday, Oct. 27

Please join us next Sunday, October 27, at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, for A Day of Action with AJC NY, JCRC NY, A Wider Bridge, and many other partner organizations to pledge action against antisemitism. to honor the victims of the shooting, a year ago, at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue. Jews and allies will come together to pledge action against antisemitism, which is more needed than ever. We are proud to co-sponsor this event with so many partner organizations, and we look forward to seeing you there!

NYC Zionesses: RSVP here on Facebook and register here on Eventbrite.

Zioness Leadership to Speak at Zionism 3.0 Conference
Oshman Family JCC 
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Sunday, Nov. 10, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Come see Executive Director Amanda Berman and Board President Erin Schrode speak at the 5th annual Z3 Conference, the nation’s largest conversation about Diaspora Jewry and Israel. They will be speaking alongside luminaries including former Knesset Member Tzipi Livni, New York Times Bestselling Author Yossi Klein Halevi, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bret Stephens, and public intellectual Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institue of North America.

Click here to register.

Rally in Support of DACA
Meetup at Folger Library
201 E. Capitol St., NE
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. meeting, 10:00 a.m. protest


Zioness stands in solidarity with DACA Recipients and #homeishere. On Tuesday, November 12th we will be joining protests in support of DACA as the Supreme Court weighs the future of hundreds of thousands of Americans. 


As Jews, we are taught to welcome the stranger. As Zionists, we believe that every human being is entitled to human rights and dignity.


You can learn more about DACA here.


Join us and stand up for DACA - we will have Zioness posters for distribution!
#HomeisHere #ZionessAction #ZionessSpeaksForMe

Giving to Zioness


Help Zioness continue to empower and activate our community by rejecting the litmus tests imposed on us and refusing to be ostracized from the movements that we’ve led from their inception. Support us in our fight for a more equal America by standing alongside the many incredible and sincere progressive leaders who have stood with us. 



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