Category Archives: Jews & the United Nations

“Garments of Reconciliation”

Andi Arnovitz
November 24, 2011

“Garments of Reconciliation” (2009) A series meant to provoke dialogue and foster co-existence. Materials: black Egyptian cotton, digital scans on linen, cotton embroidery thread. My concept was to take quintessential, symbolic garments of two people at conflict and combine them. I used the colorful embroidered insets that Palestinian women wear on their long black dresses More »


Israel and Palestine-A New Jew’s Perspective

November 21, 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot about Israel as of late.  Because of a scholarship and the generous donations and support of readers on my personal blog, I will be leaving for Israel on November 8th for a 10-day trip with LGBTQ groups, Keshet, Nehirim, and A Wider Bridge.  The trip is something that I’ve been tirelessly working towards and More »


September’s Dread

Zoe Jick
November 17, 2011

I’ve never felt so close to politics. Literally: close. My office is at 41st and 3rd, the UN at 42nd and 1st. I noticed the enhanced police presence on my way to work for the entire week of September 20th. I suffered from the traffic chaos, crowded commutes and blocked streets. I fielded provocative questions More »


The United Nations

Emily Goldberg
November 16, 2011

Since the formation of the Bible, our Jewish progenitors have always been searching for ways to maintain a community. From the Israelite census in the book of Bamidbar to the compiling of the Talmud after the Temple’s destruction, Jews created laws in order to preserve a tight Jewish community among the surrounding polytheistic nations. Even More »


A Tale of One City – With Two Songs.

Matt Bar
November 14, 2011

It is said you can’t truly understand a subject until you can teach it. Consequently, I have always had difficulty teaching my students about Israel as there are so many layers to this country and its people. It’s a tight knot. I highly encourage you to closely examine this month’s Shma Journal. Each article provides More »


Where is Hope?

Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler
November 7, 2011

Sh’ma’s subtitle, “A Journal of Jewish Responsibility”, reminds us that it’s a Jewish obligation to care what goes on in the world around us. In a socio-cultural milieu wherein individualism is an ever-increasingly powerful god and our concern for others is dictated mainly by how it affects us, the belief that we are Responsible for More »


“Towards a Perpetual Peace”

Rabbi Juan Mejia
November 3, 2011

One of the most difficult texts I had to encounter as a Philosophy undergrad in my native Colombia was Immanuel Kant´s “Towards a Perpetual Peace”:  the Prussian philosopher´s master plan for a cosmopolitan league of republics that would, in time, guarantee universal understanding, hospitality and friendship.  As with most political utopias, Kant then goes ahead More »