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In Memoriam: Julius Lester

by Bennett Muraskin   JULIUS LESTER  (January 29, 1939-January 18, 2018) embodied the historic Black-Jewish bond in America, as well as Black-Jewish tensions, in his work as a prolific writer, folk musician, folklorist, and public intellectual — and in the very fabric of his identity. The son of a Black minister, he grew up in the upper South, graduated  […]

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August 26: Coming Home from Mississippi

Matthew Zwerling, a Jewish volunteer for Mississippi Freedom Summer, wrote to his parents in New York from Clarksdale, Mississippi on this date in 1964 suggesting an “unstrenuous” three-day weekend upon his return home. He thanked them for a money order, and noted that he was “still think[ing] Mississippi about 30 hours a day.” Zwerling, a […]

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This Is No Time to Say “Dayenu”

An Editorial From the Spring, 2013 issue of Jewish Currents   SEVERAL IMPORTANT PROGRESSIVE ANNIVERSARIES are cited in the current issue of our magazine. Dick Flacks observes in his “Viewpoint” article that President Obama’s second inauguration in January was bookmarked by the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the […]

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In Support of an Israel Boycott

by Cheryl Greenberg I am neither an anti-Semite nor a self-hating Jew. But I support the call for a boycott of Israel. This was not inevitable. In fact, I opposed a boycott for a long time, for all the reasons usually cited: other countries act worse; the boycott would penalize those Israelis working most actively […]

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Reviewing and Renewing the Black-Jewish Alliance

Political Bonds and Mutual Interests by Cheryl Greenberg Once again, Blacks and Jews are united: On November 2nd, they both supported the losing presidential candidate. In fact, Blacks and Jews have been America’s two staunchest Democratic-voting groups for decades. Both seem to recognize that the issues central to their interest — equality, anti-discrimination, support of […]

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