From Medicine to Middle East Politics

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Carol Hutner Winograd, MD
Twenty years ago, Carol Winograd began a return to her youthful passion for Israel that had been severed following the Six Day War. Her talent for lobbying made Middle East political activism her encore career after decades of work as a physician and professor of Medicine and Human Biology at Stanford. Winograd and her husband Terry began their engagement with the political world as contributors to the Obama campaign in 2008. It was a natural transition for them to join the political arm of J Street, in which campaign contributions play a significant strategic role. She now serves as vice chair of the national board of directors of J Street and as a member of the J Street Executive Committee. Winograd and several other feminist peace activists founded the J Street Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) in 2013. The group builds connections with female Israeli political and grassroots leaders and works to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1325, stressing the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. <Read Winograd’s story here>

Silent No More: An Artist for Peace

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Theo Bikel

The late Theodore Bikel was a world-renowned singer, actor, and peace activist. He starred in Broadway productions of “The Sound of Music” and “Fiddler on the Roof” and was a leader Partners for Progressive Israel (PPI) (formerly Meretz USA) until his death in 2015. He led the organization in an important new policy direction when he declared his solidarity with 150 Israeli performers who publicly pledged to boycott the new theater in the large West Bank settlement town of Ariel. This prompted PPI to endorse an economic boycott targeted at Israel’s West Bank settlements.

Bikel represented an alternative voice to mainstream American Jewish attitudes toward Israel.  “Who will carry the banner of peace, of understanding? There are enough people. I believe the present government of Israel to be totally on the wrong path. My hope is for an awakening, a realization of the Israeli people that they are capable of better. <Read Bikel’s story here>