Resources

Groups, websites, articles, films, conferences, YouTubes. For even more ideas, see chapter 15 of HOPE into PRACTICE, as well as the list at the end of the Reader’s Guide.

Activist crowd-sourcing 101: self-publishing guru Carla King interviews Penny about how she so effectively raised funds for her book tour.

ORGANIZATIONS & ACTIVIST WEBSITES
CONSIDER GETTING ACTIVE! (if you aren’t already)

  • If Not Now, a movement to end the American Jewish community’s support for the occupation and gain freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Penny with M. Dove Kent, Former Executive Director, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
  • Jewish Voice for Peace advocates for a U.S. foreign policy based on international law and self-determination and security for Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Jews for Racial & Economic Justice works towards systemic change to build racial and economic justice in New York City.
  • Jews Against Islamophobia challenges anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Arab racism.
  • Open Hillel is a student-run campaign to encourage inclusivity and open discourse at campus Hillels, especially regarding Israel-Palestine.
  • Bend the Arc is building a national movement that pursues domestic justice as a core expression of Jewish tradition.
  • Jews in ALL Hues, peer-driven & grass roots, creates communities for dual (or multiple) heritage Jews. They note that 52% of U.S. Jews age 28 and younger are dual/multiple heritage Jews (including having one Jewish parent, adopted Jews, Jews by Choice, etc.).
  • Young, Jewish, and Proud, the youth wing of Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Black Lives Matter — Not a Moment, but a Movement.
  • #BlackLivesMatter Jewish Resources— an online hub of resources for Jewish communities, organizations and individuals working on racial justice and taking part in the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice, SURJ — a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice
  • All That’s Left: Anti-Occupation Collective, a collective unequivocally opposed to the occupation and committed to building the diaspora angle of resistance
  • Shalom Rav, a blog by Rabbi Brant Rosen — explores the intersection between Judaism and social justice, with a particular emphasis on Israel/Palestine.
  • Jewish Women’s Archive — Documenting Jewish women’s stories, elevating their voices, and inspiring them to be agents of change
  • Penny at the Open Hillel Conference with Andrew Gordon-Kirsch and Lev Hirshhorn.
  • U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation works to end U.S. support for Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. A corollary website at http://www.weaponstoisrael.org, which seems to no longer be online (as of March 2017), discussed weapons the U.S. gives Israel each year and which corporations profit.
  • VDAY, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.
  • 350.org, a global movement to solve the climate crisis.
  • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights works to defend and expand the rights of immigrants and refugees, regardless of status.
  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice advances LGBTQI human rights worldwide, working for racial, economic, social and gender justice.
  • Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, an embodied earth-honoring sisterhood of Jewish women exploring sacred ways.
  • Penny at the Open Hillel Conference with organizer Rachel Sandalow-Ash and co-panelist Professor Susannah Heschel.
  • CODEPINK Women for Peace, women-initiated & grassroots, a peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations.
  • Be’chol Lashon advocates for the growth and diversity of the Jewish people.
  • Jewish Youth for Community Action, leadership training to empower Jewish youth and work for social justice.
  • Women in Black, a worldwide network of women opposed to war, violence and injustice
  • Beta Israel of North America empowers Ethiopian Jews in the U.S., Israel and Ethiopia.
  • Californians for Justice, youth-led, works for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and LGBTQ communities.
  • Color of Change empowers Black Americans and allies to make government more responsive to Black American concerns and to bring positive socio-political change for everyone.
  • Talia Cooper of Jewish Youth for Community Action
  • Levantine Cultural Center champions understanding of the Middle East and North Africa by presenting programs that bridge political and religious divides.
  • Catalyst Project works in majority white communities to deepen anti-racist commitments and build multi-racial movements for liberation.
  • Middle East Children’s Alliance, sends humanitarian aid to children in Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon and advocates for their rights
  • Interfaith Peace Builders leads delegations to Israel/Palestine, emphasizing listening to and learning from those immersed in the conflict, advancing nonviolence, advocating for a more just US foreign policy.
  • Tarabut-Hithabrut, Arab-Jewish Movement for Social & Political Change, brings together the dispossessed and the oppressed in Israel through involvement in social struggles, to think together without dogmatic certainties.
  • 972mag.com, a blog-based web magazine providing fresh, original, on-the-ground analysis of events in Israel and Palestine–committed to human rights, freedom of information, and opposing the occupation.

BOOKS & ARTICLES

Since August 2014

Before August 2014

  • Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
  • How the Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America by Karen Brodkin
  • The Colors of Jews by Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
  • The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage, edited by Loolwa Khazzoom
  • Nice Jewish Girls: a lesbian anthology edited by Evelyn Torton Beck
  • “The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere: Making Resistance to Anti-Semitism Part of All of Our Movements” by April Rosenblum
  • Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony by Paul Kivel
  • “Reflections by an Arab Jew” by Ella Shohat
  • Justice Justice Shall You Pursue: a History of the New Jewish Agenda by Ezra Berkeley Nepon
  • Kindling: Writings on the Body by Aurora Levins Morales
  • Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
  • Ronnie Gilbert, A Radical Life in Song by Ronnie Gilbert
  • The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
  • Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict by Phyllis Bennis
  • Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture by Smadar Lavie
  • In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler
  • Wrestling in the Daylight by Rabbi Brant Rosen
  • Fault Lines, Views across Haiti’s Divide, by Beverly Bell, Forward by Edwidge Danticat
  • “How to Strengthen the Palestine Solidarity Movement by Making Friends with Jews,” by Guy Izhak Austrian and Ella Goldman
  • “The American Jewish Cocoon” by Peter Beinart (9/26/13, New York Review of Books)
  • “Objectifying Palestinians in Beinart’s ‘American Jewish Cocoon’ essay” by Donna Nevel and Rebecca Vilkomerson
  • “Israeli activists replace threatening military signs with messages of peace and resistance” by Haggai Matar (972mag.com – also check out this great website!)
  • “A matter of choice: Why optimism is integral to anti-occupation activism” by Tom Pessah
  • “The Nakba in the New Yorker” by Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark
  • “Remembering Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, 1943-2013” by Nancy Murray
  • “It is not anti-semitic to side with Palestinians” by Ned Rosch

FILMS

  • Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha, creators of Encounter Point
  • Encounter Point (DVD) by Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha. Award-winning documentary about the everyday Palestinian and Israeli Jewish leaders who work together against violence and for peace
  • The Way Home by Shakti Butler, 90 minutes (1998). Multiracial councils of women, including Jews, explore racism, internalized oppression, and what holds oppression in place.
  • Young, Jewish and Left by Irit Reinheimer & Konnie Chameides, 70 minutes (2006). “Weaves queer culture, Jewish Arab history, secular Yiddishkeit, anti-racist analysis, and religious/spiritual traditions into a…tapestry of Leftist politics…Grab your Bubbe (grandmother) and your habibi (loved one) and check it out.”
  • Israel & Palestine: A Very Short Introduction, 6 minutes
  • They Were Promised the Sea by Kathy Wazana. Informed by the director’s family history, this “stunning visual, lyrical and musical meditation” investigates the circumstances surrounding the mass migration of Jews from Morocco, an exodus linked to the dispossession and exile of the Palestinian people.
  • Cracking the Codes: the System of Racial Inequality by Shakti Butler, “Part story telling, part toolbox,…portrays the complex interplay between the personal, institutional and systemic…for anyone who has ever wondered how to get this conversation started – and keep it going.”
  • Commie Camp by Katie Halper, a “wonderful hopeful” documentary about leftie Camp Kinderland, “a beacon for how the world should be: cabins are named for Anne Frank, Joe Hill, and Pablo Neruda. At its core the film is about the important and very serious question of just how values are transmitted to the next generation.” Today the camp is “multicultural with a Jewish flavor.” (I haven’t seen it, but I can’t wait to!)

CONFERENCES

YOUTUBE

  • Resources Israel Blockades from Gaza: Abby Martin (Breaking the Set) speaks with Phyllis Bennis with the Institute for Policy Studies, about the flooding of Gaza, and the effects of the ongoing blockade that has come to characterize the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.
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