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These homemade hanukiyahs are perfect

by Jacob Plitman Banner credit: Alex Foley   LIKE OUR COUSINS the Elves, we Jews are a crafty, clever and resourceful people.  Marooned as many of us are within a Christian-hegemonic superpower, we reach for what is at hand — ritually, by turning a minor holiday about the Jewish Taliban into a major celebration, and literally, by turning […]

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Who Deserves a Holiday More than Columbus?

by Jacob Plitman   Christopher Columbus was an extremely bad guy who should not be celebrated by anyone at any time. So creating a full list of people that deserve a national holiday more than Columbus is tough, because theoretically it should include nearly every single person ever born. Like, think of everyone you know that, for example, […]

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Call for Bund-Related Submissions! Deadline 10/23

THIS YEAR MARKS the 120th anniversary of the Jewish Labor Bund. What was the Bund? In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Bund was a mass-membership Jewish Socialist organization dedicated to class struggle. At its peak, it boasted 40,000 active members, schools, gymnasiums, and Jewish self defense units. Though its relationship to other Leftist […]

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Stanford Study: Campus Antisemitism Greatly Exaggerated

by Jacob Plitman   A NEW STUDY by the Stanford Graduate School of Education finds that most Jewish students do not experience widespread antisemitism on campus, that they chafe at the conflation of Zionism and Judaism, and that they struggle with their relationship to Israel and its policies. “Contrary to alarmist reports that describe colleges and universities as […]

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Reform Movement Considering Endorsement of Bernie Sanders “Medicare For All” Bill

  TODAY, Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his long-awaited “Medicare for all” health plan. The proposal would establish a universal system of health coverage for all Americans and entail enormous reform to the profit-driven health system as currently exists. While questions regarding funding of the program remain, the bill now boasts the support of nearly a […]

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“Outraged and Unafraid” Undocumented Youth and Allies Shut Down Trump Tower

by Jacob Plitman THIS AFTERNOON, 9 undocumented youth activists and around a dozen allies were arrested in front of Trump Tower. The action, planned by Movimiento Cosecha (Harvest Movement), was in protest of the planned cancellation of DACA permits by the Trump administration. The action was planned by Cosecha, a decentralized organization of immigrants and […]

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A BDS Endorsement from a Resurgent DSA

A REPORT FROM CHICAGO  by Jacob Plitman   DURING THEIR CONVENTION in Chicago last weekend, the resurgent 25,000-member Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement by a resounding majority. The bill and vote have been misconstrued and misrepresented by some in our Jewish community in an effort, intentional or otherwise, that […]

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