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My Sukkot Message Given at Camp Be’chol Lashon

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:42:01 +0000

Years ago, when I started playing the guitar I wanted to play blues, I hired a blues teacher, listened to blues music, but no matter what I did it came out sounding like the Indigo girls. Probably because at that point in my life the Indigo Girls spoke to me, they were queer and at […]

Why I’m Fasting Today

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 05:28:41 +0000

Today is Tisha B’av, the ninth of the Jewish month of Av, a day when Jews traditionally remember the destruction of the Temples and other tragedies of our history by fasting and reading from the Book of Lamentations, culminating a three week period of remembering and mourning. As I fast, I am remembering the destruction that so many teachers, advertisements, politicians, a lobby group, and synagogues have tried to instruct me to ‘forget’ or not know: the destruction of Palestine. This destruction continues today, as we see the actions of modern day Israel in repressing freedom of speech, movement, and quality of life.

Debating Divestment… all night long

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:29:59 +0000

The UC Berkeley student government became an impassioned theater of views on the occupation of Palestine on April 14th. One Jewish attendee chronicles the all-night meeting about a divestment bill that spurred global debate.

Let justice ring in Sheikh Jarrah

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 16:30:42 +0000

This Saturday night (March 6 2010) will witness one of the most important demonstrations in years, in the struggle for human rights and justice here in Israel. The struggle against injustice and dispossession, against the Hebronization of East Jerusalem, and against the anti-democratic processes undermining Israeli society. In this struggle, Sheikh Jarrah has already become […]

VeNahafoch Hu: The Force of Creative Destruction

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 20:13:00 +0000

Purim is a celebration of reversals. The Book of Esther, which is traditionally read twice on the holiday, states in Chapter 9 verse 1: Now in the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, […]

Empowerment Through Giving: An Interview with Daniel Kaufman

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 17:12:29 +0000

This Sunday, February 21st, prominent Jewish activists and artists will share their skills at Inside the Activists’ Studio SF, which will feature workshops on art, food justice, spirituality, and other topics, a spoken word performance by poet Josh Healey, and a panel discussion with leading activists. Daniel Kaufman, one of the panelists, shares his thoughts […]

Obviously, You Were Not Born Jewish!

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:56:04 +0000

This past Shabbat, I was at this pretty progressive shul in Baltimore. I say progressive because I want you to understand that what I experienced is typical of my experiences in synagogues, and also typical of the experience of other Jews of color. Anyway, the service was really cool and we had this awesome discussion […]

Are Today’s Innovators “Leaders?”

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:23:50 +0000

Bob Goldfarb, in his recent piece “Innovation, Management, and Leadership,” raises an interesting question about the relationship between “innovation” and “leadership.” He writes: “From a structural perspective… [innovators] have simply added independent, entrepreneurial elements to Jewish communal life that complement the established, centralized bureaucracies.” But is that really all they have done? Goldfarb points out […]

Ghost Nets and Garbage Patches: An Interview with Miriam Goldstein

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 22:04:07 +0000

Last summer, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography teamed up with Project Kaisei to form SEAPLEX, a 20-day expedition to gather data about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” a massive whirlpool-like current between North America and Asia that’s filled with trash. SEAPLEX sought to develop a better understanding of the size of the garbage patch, its […]

British Court slams Judaism police!

Sat, 07 Nov 2009 21:29:23 +0000

Sarah Lyhall of the New York Times reports that Britain’s Supreme Court ruled against a Jewish high school in London that had rejected an applicant because his mother wasn’t Jewish enough – and so, by extension, neither was he. Yep, she had chosen Judaism years ago and gone through a conversion process, but By all […]