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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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Wall Street and Jewish Ethical Identity

Jews and the Financial Meltdown by George Salamon “We are doing God’s work.” —Lloyd Blankfein, CEO, Goldman Sachs “How odd of God/To choose the Jews.” —William Norman Ewer, British journalist We know that versions of the second thought ran through the minds of some moviegoers as they watched Inside Job, the award-winning 2010 documentary about […]

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New in Our Multi-Media Room: “The 99%”

During the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park, Matthew Septimus took many hundreds of wonderful photographs of demonstrators, visitors, police, and others connected to OWS. More than 200 of these portraits are presented in “The 99%,” with music by Gamelan Son of Lion, composed by Laura Liben, new at the JCultcha Gallery Multi-Media Room.

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Strike Debt: Rolling Jubilee

by Alyssa Goldstein So here’s an awesome thing that’s happening: Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee. Strike Debt is an Occupy-affiliated group that views “debt as a global system of domination and exploitation of the 99% by the 1%.” The Rolling Jubilee (which takes its name from the ancient Jewish/Christian tradition of the universal forgiveness of debt […]

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O My America: Occupy Judaism

by Lawrence Bush The prayers were fairly traditional — and we had to hear them twice because of the “mic check” technology (everyone repeating everything so that everyone can hear) — but I was really glad to travel with friends 2+ hours to Zuccotti Park to participate with 500 or more people in Occupy Judaism’s […]

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Kibitznik's Choice: Occupy Rosh Hashone

by Alyssa Goldstein I’m going to be in Tel Aviv for Rosh Hashone this year, but if I was going to be in New York, I would definitely go to the Occupy Rosh Hashone service in Zucotti Park on September 16th (incidentally, the eve of the Occupy movement’s 1-year anniversary!) Anyone paying attention to Occupy […]

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Kibitznik's Choice: Young, Jewish, and Proud

by Alyssa Goldstein Here’s one organization that’s spent quite a bit of time in the news lately: Young, Jewish, and Proud, the youth wing of Jewish Voice for Peace. Their event “Go and Learn: Join Young Jews for Community BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] Education” stirred controversy back in May when it was abruptly canceled […]

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June 19: Occupy Judaism

Daniel Sieradski (aka Mobius), the founder of Jewschool and other popular Jewish websites, and a key Jewish figure in the Occupy Wall Street movement, was born on this date in 1979. Sieradski has worked as the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s digital media director and has been an innovator in connecting the organized Jewish world with social […]

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Occupy the Campaign

Obama Has Done Less Than You Wanted, But More Than You Think by Bill Zimmerman Many progressive friends tell me they intend to vote for President Obama’s re-election but will not contribute or volunteer, as they did last time. The activist in me fully understands the frustration they feel. I, too, was hoping for an […]

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