From Jewish Voice for Peace

Dear Piotr,

The last few weeks – months, really – have been incredible, challenging, exciting and daunting for Jewish Voice for Peace.  I just can’t think of a time when your support and participation have mattered more to us. So, thank you – and thank you for continuing to stick with us in the months ahead.

The biggest news continues to be what happened in New Orleans last week and since. As you may already know, our Young, Jewish, and Proud leaders made headlines around the world when they disrupted Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the country’s largest gathering of Jewish leaders (watch the dramatic – and disturbing – video here). We knew that this action would be big, but the attention our young leaders and Jewish Voice for Peace have garnered has been overwhelming. We have struck a nerve among Jews everywhere and among people who care about human rights. Many who tried their best to ignore JVP before are paying attention now – and that attention brings unique challenges to our lean organization. You can help (and I hope you will) by signing our letter of support for our young leaders and/or by making a donation to support our work. Both actions matter.

We’ll keep you posted about what’s next, and thank you so much for making all this work possible.
In solidarity and gratitude, 

Rebecca Vilkomerson
Executive Director
Jewish Voice for Peace

P.S. Thousands of you are getting our print newsletter in the mail right now. Here is an email version for all of you, including those of your who prefer to read your news online.

Theater and Film stars support Israeli settlement boycott
When 60 Israeli theater artists refused to perform in a new million-dollar cultural center in one of the largest settlements in the West Bank, they immediately came under attack from the Israeli government. Jewish Voice for Peace acted fast, gathering the names of over 250 leading American theater and performing artists who stood with them in solidarity.  Read.

TIAA CREF: A rapid start to our divest from occupation campaign.
Since the start of our campaign, we’ve gathered 17,000 signatures and have seen campaigns in 20 different cities beginning to mobilize. Find out how the campaign is growing.

Letter from JVP Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson
As even the ADL has recognized, the landscape is changing, JVP is a huge part of that change, and that is very scary for those who would maintain the status quo. Read More.

New Jewish Voice for Peace chapters across the United States
From the University of Arizona and Brandeis University to Louisville, KY, Los Angeles and Westchester, NY, we’re seeing more and more Jewish Voice for Peace chapters  all the time. Read more.

Save the Date: JVP National Membership Meeting, Philadelphia, March 11-13
Sign up for membership now to be able to attend. Read more.

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