Category Archives: Personal Stories of Zionism, Israel and Progressive Identity

Ameinu is launching a new feature on the Ameinu Blog – Personal Stories of Zionism, Israel and Progressive Identity. This section will feature firsthand accounts from American and Israeli progressive Jews, with a special focus on next generation leaders, exploring the relationship between their progressive values and the centrality of Israel in their lives. This blog will champion the voices and experiences of those who hold tight to both their Zionist principles and their progressive vision. Read about how they work for a better Israel and a just solution for the rights of Palestinians. We invite you to join in the conversation and share your stories as well, either in the comments section or by emailing office@ameinu.net.

What’s Happening at Columbia? UPZ Acts for Open Discussion

This Article originally appeared in Israel Horizons (Summer 2005) a publication of Meretz USA One hundred students, faculty, journalists and other interested parties gathered at Columbia University, on the night of Feb. 3, to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The “call …

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Call to Dialogue at Columbia University

One hundred students, faculty, journalists and other interested parties gathered at Columbia University Thursday night to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Union of Progressive Zionists (UPZ) brought Israeli Member of Parliament Avshalom Vilan and Palestinian Authority adviser Amjad Atallah to …

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The Power of Peoplehood: The Soviet Jewish Journey

These remarks were delivered at a recent conference held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s collapse. When I was 13 years old, a group of people tried to steal an airplane in a desperate attempt to escape …

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Propaganda for Israel vs. Educating for Israel

This article first appeared at http://www.newvoices.org/, the National Jewish Student Magazine, and appears here with the permission of the author. When I attend a large Jewish conference, I come into the experience with a healthy dose of cynicism and a …

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Young Progressives to Make Group Aliyah

Recalling Movement’s Roots, Labor Zionists to Form an “Urban Kibbutz” Defying the image of American aliyah as reserved for the politically conservative, a group of 12 liberal young Jews from the Habonim Dror North America movement will move to Israel …

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BDS at Berkley: an Eyewitness View

Good afternoon. You’ve heard the other panelists discuss the merits of  BDS and whether it’s effective. I recognize that BDS seeks to address serious human rights issues in Israel and the Territories. However, at UC Berkeley, rather than creating discussion, …

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Exclude Me At Your Own Peril

By Abby Backer As the daughter of a rabbi, I was always taught that temple was a home for all Jews, a place that embraced debate, argument and difference. Yet after attending a recent debate at Temple Beth El in …

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To Inspire and Require

By Shawn Guttman   To Inspire and Require  By Shawn Guttman (Speech delivered at the Ameinu event honoring 75 years of North American Habonim in November 2009 in New York City.) To inspire and require.  A few months ago I …

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Upon receiving the Ameinu Dreamers and Builders Award 2009

By Rabbi Esther Lederman Habonim 75th Anniversary Benefit Rabbi Esther Lederman November 14, 2009 I want to begin with a story. I realize it’s a bit of a cliché – the rabbi wants to tell a story. But the truth …

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Of Two Minds: Gaza gives One American and Israeli Citizen Pause

By Timna Axel I am an American and an Israeli citizen. I was born in Israel, on a small socialist kibbutz founded by Zionist immigrants. My parents, their parents and the parents before them have all been Jewish. I’m a …

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