Pro-Palestine encampment at UMich: Three perspectives
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Pro-Palestine encampment at UMich: Three perspectives

Editor’s note: When I read Ann Arbor native and University of Michigan alum Jonah Shifrin’s widely shared and engaging Facebook post about his experience with the encampment, I wrote to him to ask if I could publish it in the WJN. I think he speaks for a lot of people. I also wanted to hear…

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At the school board table

By Ruth Kraut, special to the WJN For many Jews, time is now split into “before” and “after” October 7. In the “before times,” the Jewish Federation/Jewish Community Relations Committee convened a parents’ group to discuss antisemitism in Washtenaw County schools. (See the October 2023 WJN for a summary.) They had also requested, from the…

Israelis challenge their government

Israelis challenge their government

In mid-July I read a Facebook post by Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America written after he participated in a massive pro-democracy protest in Tel Aviv. He wrote “I felt honored, and perhaps even relieved, to be a speck in this crowd tonight.”

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From our distance here in Washtenaw County, Michigan, it may be difficult to get a sense of what continues to motivate these massive protests, to understand the Israeli government’s determination to