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April 15, 2013

Jewish space plays host to spirited debate over whether Israel is a democracy

by Alex Kane  April 5, 2013 


From the left: Kathleen Peratis; Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark; Lizzy Ratner; Rebecca Vilkomerson and J.J. Goldberg

The back-and-forth over the question of Israeli democracy was aired in a Jewish space: Beit Simchat Torah, a progressive synagogue that caters to lesbian and gay Jews. All of the panelists were Jews, and the discussion was organized by progressive Jewish activists and moderated by Lizzy Ratner, a New York-based journalist  read the article on Mondoweiss

Local press on “Is Israel a Democracy?” panel

March 20, 2013

Congregation Ansche Chesed, a prominent Conservative synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, prides itself on being a “diverse community” that offers its members a “rich array of programming.” But when its leader, Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, learned that the synagogue had agreed to serve as the venue for a panel on Israel, he attempted to cancel the event lest it lead to a discussion of BDS.


The organizers wound up finding an alternate venue. Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, spiritual leader of CBST, had been a co-sponsor of the panel when it was scheduled to take place at Ansche Chesed. She offered to host the event at her synagogue, which is located on the far West Side.

“I am disturbed by the trend in the Jewish community to censor discussions about Israel and Palestine,” Kleinbaum said. “I feel like it’s my moral responsibility to make sure this burning issue that’s facing us as a Jewish people gets a complete debate and discussion.”


Below is the letter from the organizers addressed “to the Jewish Community: A Synagogue Tried to Shut Us Down.”

We are a group of progressive Jews deeply involved in Israel/Palestine and immersed in issues of democracy and justice. We are writing to advise you of a blatant attempt last week by leaders of a prominent New York synagogue to shut down a panel discussion on the subject “Israel-Equality-Democracy.”

Grit-TV coverage of 24-hr protest

February 18, 2009

Click here for footage from the demonstration

Click here for a panel discussion that includes Jews Say No organizer Hannah Mermelstein

Press coverage of 24 hour protest, Feb 12-13

February 14, 2009

Democracy Now (minutes 13:20 to 15:20)
The Indypendent
Islam Online
Ha’aretz (We have nothing to do with the title or first part of the article, but the last 4 paragraphs are about us.)

Reuters also put the story out and many TV stations around the country picked up!

And this from the Caribbean Times:


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