In this newsletter:
Hanukkah Against Apartheid events 11/29 - 12/6
Virtual Brunch in Solidarity With Silwan 12/5 10 am Pacific
Tea With Palestine  12/5 2- 4 pm Pacific

(Melissa Nussbaum Freeman of the JVP Havurah Network shared these Hanukkah Against Apartheid events with us)

20 Kislev 5782 | 24 November 2021
Hanukkah Against Apartheid
Dear Ones,

When I was a little girl (Vietnam war era) my father made a giant peace symbol on a big piece of plywood with colored lights and hung it in the window. I would’ve preferred a Christmas tree with bobbles, tinsel, and lots of presents underneath like everybody else.

Today, I am grateful for his vision of justice and his clarity of no compromise to consumerism and Christian hegemony. Even though he was an atheist, he was Jewish first.

The holidays are upon us.

This year, Hanukkah comes early in the Gregorian calendar. Sunday, November 28th, is the first night, and comes right on the heels of Thanksgiving/Day of Mourning weekend. But in the Jewish calendar, Hanukkah is right on time; it straddles the months of Kislev and Tevet.

We know the story. Or do we?

It is said that the Temple was cleaned, sanctified and rededicated after the Maacabees won the fight. Here, in diaspora, we can recognize the “Temple” as what we are building together: Judaism beyond Zionism. The Temple is where we practice our treasured values of justice, freedom and equality; it is this practice that sanctifies the Temple.

Hanukkah means rededication.

Today, we rededicate our resolve to be bold; to win against all that is life-taking and land-grabbing. Today we rededicate ourselves in this HANUKKAH AGAINST APARTHEID.

Hanukkah is upon us. And we’re ready for it with energy, heart and longing for justice in Palestine/Israel.

Before Hanukkah begins, join us Saturday, 11/27, 8-10 pm ET, Yiddish Literary Salon,for a night of political poetry and solidarity songs & redirect funds to Indigenous-led resistance to Stop Line 3.

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Here is JVP’s line-up of events: a full slate from across JVP, the JVP Havurah Network and with new partners. Take note of the days and events. All are free and open to the public ~ so please invite your friends, family and networks! Live closed captioning will be available.

Monday, 11/29, DIGITAL DAY OF ACTION, No Tech for Apartheid

Tuesday, 11/30, 8-9pm ET, REWRITING HANOOKA with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
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Thursday, 12/2, 8:30-10pm ET, ROSH CHODESH TEVET & AN ANTI-APARTHEID ONEG with JVP Havurah Network Guest Leader Kohenet Ketzirah Lesser and JVP Havurah Network leader Beth Bruch
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Friday, 12/3, Shabbat Shalom! Buen Shabat! Gut Shabes!
Saturday, 12/4, 7-8:15pm ET, ARTISTS AGAINST APARTHEID — featuring Sara Abou Rashed, Erik Andrade, Anu Yadav, Sariyah Idan, Zahra Belyea, and rosza daniel lang/levitsky ~ spoken word, theatre, live music, dance and yiddish performance!
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Hosted by JVP Bay Area & Chavurah for a Free Palestine
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Sunday, 12/5, 7-8:30pm ET, Beidth al Tbeet: DECONSTRUCTING THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF AN IRAQI JEWISH MEAL with Awafi Kitchen & RAWI (Radius of Arab-American Writers)
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BONUS NIGHT! Monday, 12/6, 8-9pm ET, WILL YOU LIGHT MY CANDLE?  A fiery and flirty Hanukkah party benefiting Palestinian organizing by the Adalah Justice Project, organized by JVP-NYC
Register HERE

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For candle blessings and other resources check out JVP offerings from previous years - they are still relevant. In the Hanukkah letter from when our JVP Rabbinical Council was newly formed, 5771, you can find blessings and suggestions for study to accompany you and the people you draw in close during this time of longer nights. Last year, the JVP Havurah Network Ritual Team created this Ritual Guide for the 8 nights of Hanukkah. Check out Shine a Light of Justice Light a Path to Freedom and “Safety In Solidarity”.

And here is the best version I’ve heard of THE EIGHT DAYS OF HANUKKAH by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. ENJOY!!!

Look, like, repost and share our updates on JVP Havurah Network instagram @jvphavurah Visit     for more details.
Watch JVP (national) social media, too!

I hope you will join us in community with reverence for the stories our ancestors gifted us and let us rededicate this Hanukkah against Apartheid.
With love & solidarity,


Moderated by Wassim Hage of Arab Resource and Organizing Committee
Virtual Brunch in Solidarity With Silwan

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Last summer,Palestinians and pro-Palestinian activists worldwide rose up to defend Silwan and other villages in East Jerusalem from Israeli bulldozers. Silwan is out of the headlines, but the battle rages on! Silwan is an example of creative resistance to Israeli efforts to destroy all Palestinian presence in the villages surrounding Jerusalem?s Old City . 

Jawad Siyam (LIVE from Silwan), founder of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center and Madaa Creative Center for Children, has been at the center of Silwani resistance. We're honored to be able to share his perspective and news about the current situation.

Jody Sokolower, co-coordinator of the Teach Palestine Project at the Middle East Children's Alliance, is the author of Determined to Stay:Palestinian Youth Fight for Their Village. Determined to Stay is filled with the voices of Silwani youth and their families that illuminate the connections between Israeli's role in Palestine and racism faced by youth in the United States. Jody will share some of those stories and discuss ways her book can be a tool for building understanding and solidarity. 

Tea for Palestine
Sunday, December 5
2:00 - 4:00 pm Pacific
Uptown Body & Fender, 401-26th Street, Oakland, CA
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