New Voices reports on a spirited exchange between Labor Member-of-Knesset Merav Michaeli and an audience of progressive Jews in New York at Ameinu’s recent forum. Is there hope for the Israeli left, and what can progressives in America do to influence Israel’s politics?
Brunch With Progressive MK Merav Michaeli and the American Jewish Left
By Derek M. Kwait
New Voices, December 16, 2014
Merav Michaeli, the Israeli journalist and women’s rights activist-turned-Knesset member for the Labor Party, is a sign of hope for a progressive future in Israel. Last Tuesday, she tried to convince an exclusive crowd of worried Jewish leftists gathered in an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that there was hope for the upcoming elections and for the future of a democratic Israel. The talk was sponsored by the progressive Zionist organization Ameinu, and also included journalists, professors, high-ranking members of the New Israel Fund and Encounter, along with representatives from Hillel, Habonim Dror, and others. What followed was a passionate, sometimes heated, and surprisingly optimistic discussion of the future of the Jewish State and the role American Jews can play. … [Read More]