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.
“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.