This year JVP takes Passover to the Street!

Monday, April 22 at 6:30 pm
On the Plaza outside the Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94103
(Between 3rd and 4th Streets)

Join JVP Bay Area as we conduct a  liberation Passover-related ritual that raises awareness about and supports Palestinian self-determination and the Right of Return, specifically the Gaza Great March of Return on its one year anniversary. The action is being organized by our current Study/Action group. The location of the Contemporary Jewish Museum is symbolic and was chosen in response to its receiving funding from foundations and other donors that uphold the occupation of Palestine and museum programming that supports the pinkwashing, greenwashing and general propaganda of the Israeli state and its policies.

Let us know you plan to come by emailing

Other JVP Events

Understanding Antisemitism: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Thursday, April 18
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Stiles Hall, UC Berkeley

2400 Bancroft Way

Hosted by the SSWANA Initiative and our JVP chapter at UC Berkeley.

food will be provided 🙂

We are living in frightening, strange, and confusing times: white nationalists march in the streets of Charlottesville shouting “Jews will not replace us,” vandalize cemeteries in Philadelphia , and massacre synagogue attendees in Pittsburgh while Black and Muslim Congresswomen and leftist college students who support Palestine are deemed in the media the true faces of antisemitism, the real threats to Jewish safety in the present. In a time where a unified front against the violence of white supremacy is ever more critical, accusations of antisemitism have increasingly sowed conflict and division in social justice movements. How do we make sense of this? how did we get here? and how do we address this?

Join Jewish Voice for Peace at Berkeley and the SSWANA Initiative as we unpack these questions and seek to understand what antisemitism is, what it isn't, and how fighting it strengthens all of our movements. Come learn about 1. how antisemitism functions within the larger structure of white supremacy, 2. how it differs from anti-Zionism and why the two are so often wrongly conflated, and 3. how we can effectively fight it by dismantling other systems of oppression.

Queering Jewish Diasporas: Non-Zionist Imaginaries

May 4th, 6:30 pm until May 11th, 7:00 pm
Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609

Artwork by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

This art exhibit will be on display from May 4-11, and each night we will come together as a community, to celebrate, vision and learn through performance, music, dance, burlesque, workshops, ritual and more. For a complete list of participating artists and performers, please visit the Facebook Page which will be updated with the schedule.

What could liberated, decolonial, accountable and thriving diasporic Judaisms that reject Zionism as a liberatory ethos look/feel/smell/taste/sound like? What diasporic legacies of past and present can we draw upon and celebrate in imagining and building liberated, decolonial, accountable and thriving diasporic futures that decenter Zionism within the Jewish metanarrative? What is your imagined Jewish future?

These are questions that Bay Area artists are striving to answer in “Queer(y)ing (into) Jewish Diaspora(s): Non-Zionist Imaginaries, ”An 8-night multimedia art exhibit and performance series highlighting diasporic Jewish artists exploring past, present and future diasporic realities and potentialities, creating works that challenge the paradigm that Jewish Liberation=Zionism and, in so doing, imagine & create liberated, decolonial, accountable and thriving diasporic alternatives.

Support this project? If so, donate here. Every dollar goes toward supporting the artists doing this vital work.

Commemorating the Nakba: Movement-
Building for Collective Liberation

Wednesday, May 8th at 7 pm
Berkeley City College Auditorium
2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Near downtown Berkeley Bart

JVP is honored to co-sponsor this important event featuring 3 amazing speakers and leaders of the movement for collective liberation! 

TICKETS: $15, $25, $50
Benefit for Middle East Children’s Alliance
For more info:  / 510-548-0542
Wheelchair Accessible. If you need ASL interpreting, contact


Events from our friends:

Scenes from 71* Years
by Hannah Khalil 
directed by Michael Malek Najjar

April 5 - May 5, 2019
Potrero Stage 1695 18th Street, San Francisco

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the US premiere of this epic snapshot of Palestinian life under the occupation presented by local Golden Thread Theater

A picnic interrupted by soldiers. Never-ending lines. Sunbathing in the shadow of a tank. Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil draws from stories of family and friends to reveal the real human story: the dreams, comedy, sadness, and frustrations of daily life in the shadow of the ‘separation wall.’ The cast includes members of the Bay Area Palestinian community.

$38 General Admission | $28 Student/Senior 65+ | $20 1st and 2nd Thursdays | $15 Previews

30% off General Admission tickets for groups of 10 or more!
Contact to place your order.

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May Day Rally and March - International Workers Day Mobilization

Wednesday, May 1st
Gathering at 3pm at Oscar Grant Plaza
Rally starts at 3:30pm
, march starts at 4pm
Closing Rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater

In this time of rising Islamophobia and anti-immigrant policies, JVP-Bay Area has endorsed this march and its important demands.

No Ban, No Wall
Human Rights and Sanctuary for All
No Borders, No Deportations
No Family Separation

If you would like to march with other JVP members email

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national membership organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for the justice, equality, and dignity of all the people of Israel/Palestine. Become a JVP Member today.

Jewish Voice for Peace
P.O. Box 589
Berkeley, California