Jewish Identity Without “Otherness”

RESISTING THE LURE OF “WHITENESS” by Michael Mirer From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents TO DEFINE Jewish American identity is to invite disagreement. Each definition threatens to efface or minimize some aspect of the American Jewish experience that may be essential to someone else. Religious Jews, perhaps, can agree to a narrow definition: Jews […]

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Jewish Advocacy for Increasing the Minimum Wage

by Seth Sandronsky TALK ABOUT HOT: The minimum wage went up in twenty-six states and the nation’s capital between January 1, 2014, and July 24, 2015, reports the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Support in part is coming from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Service Employees International Union, and some Democratic […]

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JFREJ vs. Stop-and-Frisk

by Ben Lorber On a Monday evening in early March, about forty Jews of various ages, gender identifications, sexual orientations, and shades of leftism crowded into a room at the Workmen’s Circle in New York City for a meeting convened by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ). Passover was fast approaching, and the city […]

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October 1: The Free Speech Movement

The Berkeley Free Speech Movement began on this date in 1964 when Jack Weinberg, an alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley, was arrested for violating new campus rules forbidding solicitation for “off-campus political and social action.” Weinberg, who had a long record of civil rights activism, went limp and was carried to a […]

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September 21: Jewish Women Watching

The anonymous group of creative provocateurs, Jewish Women Watching, published a front-page ad for Rosh Hashone in the New York Times on this date in 2001 stating: “Jewish Women/Girls: Hold your community accountable. Sexism is a sin.” “We want Jews to ask forgiveness for the sexism it [sic] practices and allows within its institutions.” Jewish […]

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Megaphone: Shari Silberstein, Equal Justice USA

From the Autumn, 2011 issue of Jewish Currents SHARI SILBERSTEIN is the executive director of Equal Justice USA, a Brooklyn-based organization that gives training and assistance to anti-death penalty groups across the country. Founded in 1990, EJUSA has been a key force in moving the public to have doubt about the fundamental fairness of death […]

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Arrested in D.C. to Stop Tar Sands Pollution

Basia Yoffe, aka Marie Parham, who conducts Jewish Currents‘ “Notes from a Small Planet” column, was arrested over the Labor Day Weekend in Washington, DC as part of the mass arrests action against the extraction of oil from tar sands in Canada — a polluting endeavor that President Obama has power to stop with or […]

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