June 29: Stokely Carmichael and the Jews

Stokely Carmichael, later known as Kwame Ture, a dynamic leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee who evolved into a pan-Africanist revolutionary with a penchant for attacking Zionism, was born in Trinidad on this date in 1941. He came to the U.S. at 13, was a student at the mostly-Jewish Bronx High School of Science, […]

Read More

A Jew Among Christian Peacemakers

Prologue: My Christian Problem by Simone Zelitch August 2nd I’M GOING TO HEBRON with an interfaith delegation of the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) because my rabbi asked me. Linda Holtzman loves that sort of thing — working with Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Animists — and she’s consistently challenged the Jewish establishment’s positions on Israeli policy […]

Read More

March 16: Allard Lowenstein

Allard Lowenstein, a highly influential liberal activist, was murdered at age 51 by a mentally ill gunman on this date in 1980. Lowenstein held a law degree from Yale, which at its website lauds his “passionate leadership” and his “crucial role in the civil rights, anti-apartheid, anti-war, and human rights movements of the 1960s and […]

Read More

August 4: The Earthen Dam

On this date in 1964, the bodies of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney were dug up from an earthen dam, forty-four days after their murder by Ku Klux Klansmen on June 21st, the opening day of the Mississippi Freedom Summer Campaign. Schwerner, 24, was an experienced Jewish civil rights worker […]

Read More

O My America: More on Progressive Jewish Identity

A RESPONSE TO ABIDOR’S RESPONSE by Lawrence Bush Does really think it mere coincidence, unrelated to Jewish history, culture, and ethical consciousness, that some third of the seven hundred northerners who went to Mississippi to fight for racial justice in 1964 were Jews — this in a country with a population that was maybe 5 […]

Read More

The Uncivil Servant: A Response to Bush’s Broadside

by Mitchell Abidor Lawrence Bush complains in his “broadside” post about progressive Jews embracing Jewish identity that “It is only when Jews act as a religious community, or in service of narrow self-interest, that Jews are portrayed as Jews in America. When they act in the name of our finest humanistic traditions, in a univeralist […]

Read More