Judaism’s “First Reformed” Moment Is Here
BY ARIEL WEXLER for newvoices.org
The central question of “First Reformed,” Paul Schrader’s film about a pastor reckoning with climate change, is, “Can God forgive us for what we’ve done to this world?” It’s a good question for American Protestants, and for all of us living between skeptical optimism and righteous despair.
It’s high time for Jews to have our own “First Reformed” moment, and the answer might be a biblical and rhetorical tool that was staring us in the face all along: tikkun olam.
Outside Hillel, Northeastern Jewish Students Struggle After Rabbi Leaves
BY HANNAH BERNSTEIN for newvoices.org
Ben Novak came to Northeastern University in 2016 from a Catholic high school in Kingston, Massachusetts. His father was raised Jewish, and his mother converted to Judaism before he was born. Novak wanted to find his own Jewish community in college, a place where he could grow.
At the Jewish Media Summit, a Focus on Young American Jews
BY LEV GRINGAUZ for newvoices.org
Though 150 journalists and bloggers from 30 countries had gathered in Jerusalem for the Israeli Press Office-sponsored Jewish New Media Summit in late November, American Jewry was very nearly the only subject of conversation when discussing the strained relationship between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora.
The Mad That We Feel: A Video Response from Pittsburgh
BY ILANA DIAMANT for newvoices.org
The day that my street became a crime scene, I didn’t go to my job as a waitress. Everything was too heart-achingly fresh and the lockdown wasn’t lifted until it was too late, anyway. I went to work the next day, though. And the day after that. On Tuesdays, my second job entails teaching high schoolers filmmaking technique and overseeing their productions. None are Jewish. Some live in close proximity to Squirrel Hill; most don’t.
NYU student government passes BDS resolution led by Israeli Jewish student
The next stage is for the bill to pass the University Senate before being considered by the Board of Trustees
The Student Government Assembly (SGA) at New York University (NYU) voted in favor of a BDS-type resolution for the divestment of companies that do business with the Israeli army.
The “Resolution on the Human Rights of Palestinians” co-authored by Israeli-Jewish student Rose Asaf along with Bayan Abubakr, and Leen Dweik, calls on NYU to divest specifically from Caterpillar Inc., Lockheed Martin, and General Electric unless they agree to stop “play[ing] an active role in funding and perpetuating Israel’s illegal occupation and its violation of human rights, making NYU complicit in these crimes.”