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JTNews | December 10, 2010

JTNews | December 10, 2010

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for December 10, 2010
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december 10, 2010 • 3 tevet • volume 86, no. 26 • $2
our celebrationslittle town of budrus5 women to watch
Joel Magalnick 
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Noah Milstein enrolled at Te Evergreen State Col-lege to learn about Paleolithic culture and technology. Hesought out Evergreen because its exible academic struc-ture would allow him to create his own program o study.What he got instead was an education in political activismand campus politics.Milstein ounded a pro-Israel group at Evergreen in2008. He le the college eeling like a campus villain in2009. At a school amous or its le-wing values, Milstein elt unable to unc-tion on campus due to the ever-presentspecter o his vocal Zionism.“I became the token campus Zion-ist Nazi,” Milstein said. “It really wasdamaging psychologically. I elt like Icouldn’t trust anyone. I became com-pletely paranoid.”Milstein, who subsequently enrolledat Haia University, was not alone in leaving Evergreenbeore graduation. Five ellow members o the short-livedclub Students Interested in Israel Advocacy and Peace(SIIAShalom) ollowed suit. Milstein’s experience, andothers like it, are symbolic o what some key members o the state’s Jewish community see as a broader issue: A poi-sonous discourse over Israel that makes lie at Evergreenuncomortable or Jewish students, especially those withZionist views.In this article and in our next issue we’ll explore thenature o that discourse. We’ll ask whether Evergreen is ahard place to be a Jew or a Zionist, or whether debate about
Eegee: Te d estis t tkig pe
Eric Nusbaum
assistt editor, JTnws
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friday, december 10, 2010
NEW YORK (JA) — What’s oldis new, and unortunately this holiday season, wrapped in a bow, is a boycott o things Israeli and Jewish. Te relics o pastboycotts — rom Nuremberg to Damas-cus — are back.Uninterested in reconciliation, theextremist and myopic ervor that under-girds the campaign to boycott Israelshould be a wake-up call or those whohave hit the snooze button too many times.Issuing the latest appeal or boycotts isthe North American aliate o the SabeelCenter, a group that wraps its disdain orthe Jewish State in a cloak o Christianconcern. Sabeel’s leader has said that Israeloperates a “crucixion machine” and that“security is a pagan god that Israel wor-ships.” It wields the word “apartheid” likea cudgel.Te center’s holiday boycott call targetsmore than a dozen companies becausethey operate in Israel or their owners areguilty o the sin o being Israeli, Jewish oraliated with either. Tey manuacturegoods in Israel, in the West Bank and inAmerica. Teir products include cosmet-ics, clothing, cell phones and preparedoods. Most cannot be tied in any rationalway to the Israeli-Palestinian conict.Tat gets to the heart o it. Te so-calledBDS movement (boycotts, divestment andsanctions) isn’t here to help Palestinians;it’s a pernicious call to harm Israel andworld Jewry. Its proponents seek to bringthe Israeli-Palestinian conict into every sphere o American lie. Boycott support-ers don’t seem to care who gets caught intheir snare, including tens o thousandso American workers employed by thesecompanies. In so many ways it is a boycotto American values.Estee Lauder’s sin is being owned by the volunteer leader o the Jewish NationalFund. Sara Lee and L’Oreal are guilty o having been praised by Israeli Prime Min-ister Benjamin Netanyahu. Another com-pany is guilty o being owned by a riend o ormer Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Alsoin Sabeel’s crosshairs is a Caliornia-basedbusiness building a green transportationinrastructure — electric car charging sta-tions in Denmark, Australia, Hawaii — andIsrael. Its owner was named to
maga-zine’s list o environmental heroes. But he isIsraeli, so his company makes the list.What can we do? Here are some sug-gestions:
Build bridges.
Most Americans under-stand that such campaigns will not changegovernmental or corporate policies. Soreach out to them — in their churches,civic groups, where you work and in yourneighborhood. Te people calling or boy-cotts, divestment and sanctions are at themargins o public debate. Teir goal is topoison the well at home. Don’t let them.
Make the case.
Israel is the nationalhomeland o the Jewish people. It seeks tolive in peace and security. BDS is a tacticaimed to delegitimize Israel. None o thegroups backing BDS support Israel’s rightto exist as a Jewish state.
Promote peace.
Call on churches andothers being roped into the BDS drama toseek something better. Israelis and Pales-tinians deserve peace: wo peoples, twostates, living side by side. Teir peace willcome when the parties are condent.
Foster reconciliation.
Many orga-nizations are working tirelessly to bringtogether Israelis and Palestinians, andJews, Christians and Muslims. hey deserve our support. Balanced travel mis-sions demonstrate the complexity o theconict and the need or peacemakers, notbomb throwers, rhetorical or otherwise.
Stay civil.
Avoid shouting and namecalling. As tempting as it may be to call ora boycott o companies owned by Sabeel’ssupporters, we need to reject ineectiveand partisan virtual warare. We are notthe parties to the conict. A zero-sum,scorched earth approach that thrives ondivision helps no one.
Buycott instead of boycott.
A ew mudmasks and an extra container o hummuscan’t hurt.
Get involved.
Tankully, the alarm hasgone o and riends o Israeli-Palestinianpeace are pushing back. Te Israel ActionNetwork, a partnership o the Jewish Fed-erations o North America and the JewishCouncil or Public Aairs, will mobilizeJewish ederations, agencies and JCRCsacross North America to respond eec-tively to the assault on Israel’s legitimacy.Get up. Get trained. And go to work.
Ethan Felson is the vice president of the JewishCouncil for Public Affairs.
Tk  stn ginst boycotts this holiy sson
EthaN FElsoN
JTa World nws Srvi
courTeSy aJcSeaTTle
From lt to right, am Golbltt, Mrjori Kiz Or, Rcqul Holcmn n Brbr Shulmn wntto th albrtson’s on Mrcr Isln on Nov. 30 to prticipt in  “buycott,” in which thy spcifcllybought proucts m in Isrl to support th country. Tht albrtson’s stor hs n xpn koshrsction tht inclus  wi rry o Isrli oos.
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 Where can I get a tasty bowlof matzoh ball souparound here?
friday, december 10, 2010 .
letters to the editor the rabbi’s turn
“I didn’t ask younger composers who I might like, and think are tremendous, and think that they have great careers or the uture, just because we don’t have that relationship.”— Seattle Symphony music director Gerard Schwarz, on his commissions or his fnal season. See page 9.
Write a letter to the editor: W w v   f y! o   w       f  www.jw./x.pp?/_., p  y   ppxy 350 w. t  f  x  d 14. F  y  f .
Te character Larry Davidplays on V is one o the mostannoying, inuriating peopleany one o us could ever meet.He is sel-centered to the pointo absurdity and his need to beright about everything jeopar-dizes his closest relationships.In the seventh season o “CurbYour Enthusiasm,” Larry triesto reconcile with his estrangedwie, Cheryl. In the season’s lastepisode, Cheryl’s resistance is nally break-ing down. But, in the meantime, Larry hasbeen accused by a riend o putting a glasso water on a wooden table and staining thewood. He is convinced he is innocent andpassionately searches or the real criminal.In the last scene o the season, Cheryllooks at Larry lovingly, and tells him shethinks they really belong together. Tey are about to embrace.But Cheryl has a drink in her hand.She puts it down on the woodentable so she can give Larry a hug. At thatmoment, Larry’s eyes open wide and alook o horror crosses his ace. He looksat Cheryl accusingly and says, “Do yourespect wood?”Te moment o tenderness passes, andthe season ends.In the book o 
, we read theamous line: “
zedek, tzedek tirdof! 
 justice, justice, you shall pursue. o be a
rodef tzedek
is to be emotionally churnedup about what’s wrong in the world. Yetthe rabbis went out o their way to under-mine this text. Why “
tzedek tzedek,” 
askedthe rabbis? Wouldn’t one
havebeen enough? Tey answered: “
Echad din,v’echad p’shara
.” One
is to teach uswe should pursue what’s right. And, theother
teaches us to compromise.Why did the rabbis do this? Aer all,compromise is about letting go o someo our desire or justice. But the rabbisunderstood that our unchecked passionor justice has the potential to do tremen-dous damage to our relationships.In Benjamin Balint’s new book,
Run-ning Commentary
, he says that
Commen-tary Magazine
has lost some o its vibrancebecause it has settled into an ideologicalposition that is too comortable and pre-dictable. Tere was a time, says Balint,that you could see warriors o the rightand the le slugging it out in the pages o 
. Nowadays, you pretty muchknow what you’re going to get when youread
, and that is a loss to theJewish community.I would add to Balint’s observation thatthis dynamic is true o the Jewish commu-nity as a whole: Tere is a loss o toleranceor diversity in our own community. Weare increasingly quick to pre- judge people based on what wethink they believe, and we aremore prone than ever beore todemand that our loyal riendsmarch with us lockstep on achecklist o issues which wedetermine are the right way and the only way.We say we love diversity.But do we really deserve thatreputation? Can we really dis-agree with each other on issues close toour heart without name calling? I that’sthe case, no Jew should be called an enemy o Israel or a sel-hating Jew because they support J Street. And no Jew should beostracized or looked down upon becausehe or she belongs to the Republican Party.he recent debate over whether amosque should be built in New York nearGround Zero is a good example. Whereverwe come down on this issue, I think we canall acknowledge that this issue is complex.You are not an idiot or anti-American i you believe the primary value that needs tobe upheld here is that o religious reedom.And, you are not a bigot and a racist i youbelieve that a mosque should not be built inthis particular place at this particular time.Te politics o contempt has become alltoo pervasive across the spectrum, on thele and on the right. Te derisive label-ing o the other and the crude lumpingtogether o people we’ve decided are ouropponents has stied real conversationand has put a damper on the truly openexchange o ideas. I’ve heard more thanone story o riends and amily memberswho have stopped talking to each otherover political dierences.Diversity begins at home, in our owncommunity, in our own congregation, inour own relationships. Benjy Balint’s pre-scription or
is a great modelor community, too. We are ar moreinteresting, dynamic, and ethically sensi-tive when we have not settled into a pre-dictable way o thinking or acting.So, I want to encourage all o us to try this technique. Whenever we’re in dangero eeling a little too sel-righteous, let’s getin touch with our inner Larry David. Tenext time an argument threatens to getheated and personal, let’s turn to our part-ner, our riend, or our neighbor and ask them: “Do you respect wood?”For the sake o 
shalom bayit 
, the timehas come or all o us to curb our enthusi-asm — to step back rom our own passion just enough to respect our riend’s pointo view. We don’t have to relinquish ourdeepest convictions. Just a little bit will goa long way to preserving the relationshipsthat are so important to us.
Curbing our nthusism
rabbi Jay rosENbaum
Hrzl-nr Tmid cosrvtiv cogrgtio
Words oF Wisdom?
 “Jewelry is something which can make even an ugly one beautiful.” Seriously? I must be missing something here. Is this the best you can cull from thewisdom of the Ladinos (Ladino Lesson, Nov. 19)?I am appalled that something so trite and offensive would appear in our community news-paper. What exactly is the point of this Ladino lesson? Should we look for someone ugly tobuy jewelry for? And exactly who is it that is playing God and deciding who is ugly and who isnot? How about something to inspire? To uplift? To make us think? This was none of that.
sy Kps
he Jewish communal world has aproblem. Well, several, but today let’socus on one: Te continuing gender gapin North American Jewish organizations.A recently released study, titled “JewishCommunal Proessionals in North Amer-ican: A Prole,” provides an unprece-dented look at more than 2,000 Jewishcommunal proessionals throughout theUnited States and Canada. Commissionedby Te Jewish Communal Service Associa-tion and conducted by the Berman JewishPolicy Archive at New York University’sWagner Graduate School, the study pro- vides the rst in-depth look, across theorganizational divide, at who is working inU.S. Jewish communal institutions, theireducation, responsibilities, training, com-pensation and more.Te results are disturbing — especially regarding the continuing gender pay andleadership inequalities that exists acrossthe communal landscape.Women make up around two-thirdso all Jewish communal proessionals, yetrepresent only 12 percent o leadership.Tey signicantly lag behind men in com-pensation, with an overall gap o $28,000!Adjusting or age, years in the eld, level o responsibility, hours worked, and degreesearned, women’s salaries still trail men’sby about $20,000.Why?Is it because many opt to work orsmaller organizations that happen to havesmaller budgets? Is it because women arenot as strong at the negotiating table?Or men are stronger in marketing them-selves? Or is it, plain and simple, genderdiscrimination — are women just not pro- vided the same opportunities?Jerry Silverman, the president andCEO o Jewish Federations o NorthAmerica has said, “I don’t know thatwe’ve put enough emphasis on groomingwomen, building their capabilities, exper-tise, leadership.” Tat’s probably true, andthe ederation system certainly has notbeen setting any examples in this regard.It’s only recently, in San Francisco, thata woman has been selected CEO o a bigcity ederation.Writing this time last year in
Te Chron-icle of Philanthropy
, Shira Bronznick andDidi Goldenhar (proessionals at Advanc-ing Women Proessionals and the JewishCommunity) said:“I women — the majority o the work orce — are not being cultivated or chie-executive posts, nonprot groups are notmaking the best use o the dollars andproessional development that they havealready invested in their stas. Te persis-tence o the gender gap also signals a com-placency that is at odds with the valuesand can-do spirit o these mission-drivenorganizations.”And where is the seat o this problem?With the communal leadership.Communal leadership is, correctly,entrusted with the responsibility o man-aging its respective organizations. Com-munal leadership sets not only the agenda,but more importantly, the tone. And thelagging inluence by women in many organizations does the community a dis-service.Why is all this so important?Besides just plain airness, all the orga-nizations — rom the smallest start-up tothe largest ederations — need to harnessthe very best talent that’s out there. Tey need to not only attract, but also retain,the cream o the crop to drive their agen-das orward. Seasoned talent is needed toll the thousands o expected vacancies asbaby boomers begin to retire.Te gender disconnect is also a mind-
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