Category Archives: Social Movements

What Do You Want to Hear?

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December 1, 2012

Eitan Kensky On October 6, 2011, Jeff Mangum, the musician behind the legendary indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel, played a surprise concert for the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York’s Zuccotti Park. Until earlier that year, Mangum was modern rock’s most famous recluse. He practically disappeared in the years following his band’s second More »

Lessons Learned: The Soviet Jewry Movement

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December 1, 2012

Philip Spiegel Am Yisrael chai! The people of Israel live! These words were joyously chanted by Jews in Moscow when they witnessed the Israeli flag flying in 1948. Almost 20 years later, Shlomo Carlebach composed a melody for those words. Inspired by Jacob Birnbaum, who founded the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, Carlebach put to More »

What about Sudan?

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December 1, 2012

Eric Cohen and Naama Haviv The level of public concern for ongoing mass atrocities in Sudan has markedly declined. Leaders at all levels of civil society and government should be asking themselves why this has happened and what their roles should be in changing it. Public attention on Darfur exploded in 2004 with prominent newspaper More »

Discussion Guide - Social Movements

December 1, 2012

1. What role have social movements — Jewish or not — played historically in Jewish collective identity?
2. Can Zionism, as a movement, regain a place in raising questions about the meaning of Jewish identity and collectivity at a moment of great political and cultural transformations?
3. How have music, photography, film, and other genres of art influenced social transformation?
4. Have today’s “change movements” relied on earlier models or has the paradigm for change shifted fundamentally?
How so?
5. Do movements need to last, or can they make a brief appearance and still have some lasting impact?
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The Art and Science of Interfaith Cooperation

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December 1, 2012

In the following interview, Or Rose speaks with Eboo Patel about building an interfaith movement and its implications for American civil life. Or Rose: What is your definition of religious pluralism? Eboo Patel: Drawing from Harvard scholar of comparative religion Diana Eck, I understand religious pluralism to be the active engagement of religious diversity to a More »

Contentious Politics and the Jewish Community

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December 1, 2012

Eric Levine “Hell, no, we won’t go!” “Let my people go.” These are familiar chants, shouted in protest on behalf of two compelling causes: the anti-Vietnam War and Soviet Jewry movements, respectively. The “Occupy” movements, the Arab Spring, and Israel’s tent city demonstrations in 2011 have given greater visibility to the subject of social movements. More »

Keeping the Personal Political

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December 1, 2012

Judith Rosenbaum Though “the personal is political” did not become a slogan of the women’s movement until feminism’s “second wave” in the 1960s, the slogan aptly describes the continuous impulse of feminism from its origins more than 100 years earlier. Even the first women’s rights campaigners, who fought primarily for political and civil rights, understood More »

Images and Commentary

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December 1, 2012

Photography has long been a means to capture not only a moment in time but also a message and a movement. Julian Voloj, who immigrated to the United States from Muenster, Germany, by way of Brussels in October 2003, captures the scene at Occupy Wall Street in 2011.

Jews and the Tea Party Movement

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December 1, 2012

Steven Windmueller Galvanizing support over the past couple of election cycles, the Tea Party consists of a number of groups that have coalesced around a shared ideology: “The Tea Party is an American populist political movement…. It endorses reduced government spending, opposition to taxation, in varying degrees, reduction of the national debt and federal budget More »