Grace’s Reflection on New Jewish Agenda’s Excommunication

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“Amidst these many reactions, it was powerful for me to identify with Batya, Reena, and Clare. I saw how they emerged with strength and humor after being targets of attacks on their character and their Jewishness because of their activism. In the midst of of organizing post-election actions with IfNotNow and feeling vulnerable as an aspiring Jewish leader publicly critical of the Israeli Occupation, I felt safer and supported. ” Read Grace’s full reflection here.

“Excommunicated”

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Reena Bernards, Batya Kallus (Betsy Cohen), and Clare Kinberg, three former activists with New Jewish Agenda, recount their experience being excommunicated by a beit din (an authoritative Jewish court) in 1982, following NJA’s publication of open letter critiquing Israel’s actions in the Lebanon War.