AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL JEWISH COMMUNITIES AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL JEWISH COMMUNITIES

We members of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community are sorry to inform you that our usually liberal community has We members of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community are sorry to inform you that our usually liberal community has set a dangerous precedent that may affect the range of American Jewish voices on issues concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The San Francisco set a dangerous precedent that recently approved new guidelines on “Israel-Related Programming” that Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Sanestablish for Jewish Community Federation may affect the range of American Jewish voices on issues concerning the limit debate, threaten dissent, and Francisco Jewish time a litmus test for loyalty to Israel as condition for on “Israel-Related Programming” that limit debate, threaten dissent, and establish for the firstCommunity Federation recently approvedanew guidelines funding the organizations it currently supports and others it would consider supporting the first time a litmus test for loyalty to Israel as (http://sfjcf.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/policy/). a condition for funding the organizations it currently supports and others it would consider supporting (http://sfjcf.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/policy/).

Warning!!! Warning!!!

Are these guidelines coming to your community? Specifically, the guidelines curtail freedom of speech and Are expression by declaring certain opinions and organizations out of bounds. This Specifically, the damage to the vibrancy of the American artistic these guidelines coming to your community?policy does grave guidelines curtail freedom of speech and Jewish

The remedy for controversial speech is not silencing. The remedy is more speech. The remedy for controversial speech is not silencing. The remedy is more speech. ........................................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................................
Professor Robert Alter Professor California, Berkeley University of Robert Alter
Graduate Theological Union Robert Arnold Robert Arnold Filmmaker
Filmmaker Judith Bank Judith Bank Professor Joel Beinin Professor Joel Beinin Stanford University Stanford University Joel ben Izzy Joel ben Izzy Storyteller and author University of California, Berkeley Professor Deena Aranoff Professor Deena Aranoff Graduate Theological Union

artistic expression by declaring certain opinions and organizations out of bounds. This policy does grave damage to or vibrancy of the American Jewish community. The language that describes excluded organizations is vague and open-ended—those that “advocate for theendorse undermining the legitimacy community. democratic Jewish state.” of Israel as aThe language that describes excluded organizations is vague and open-ended—those that “advocate for or endorse undermining the legitimacy of Israel as a democratic Jewish state.” More egregiously, the guidelines also exclude grantee organizations that co-sponsor or co-present programs on the Middle East with organizations or More egregiously, the guidelines legitimacy of the State of Israel.” Inevitably, the organizations the Federation the Middle East with organizations or individuals “who undermine the also exclude grantee organizations that co-sponsor or co-present programs onexcludes under these very vague guidelines individuals “who undermine the of the person or persons charged with making organizations will be determined by the politicslegitimacy of the State of Israel.” Inevitably, thethe decision. the Federation excludes under these very vague guidelines will be determined by the politics of the person or persons charged with making the decision. Despite the guidelines’ repeatedly stated commitment to the values of free and open discussion and diversity, they will have a chilling effect on the entire Despite the community institutions, including educational, values social and open discussion and diversity, they also limit chilling effect on the entire spectrum of guidelines’ repeatedly stated commitment to the service, of free justice and arts organizations. They willwill have aAmerican Jewish exposure to spectrum of art, literature, scholarship, and political discourse that social justice and arts organizations. They will also limit American Jewish exposure to the range of community institutions, including educational, service, exists in Israel. The guidelines will encourage self-censorship. Organizations will fear the range of art, literature, scholarship, and political jobs. losing their funding; individuals will fear losing their discourse that exists in Israel. The guidelines will encourage self-censorship. Organizations will fear losing their funding; individuals will fear losing their jobs. In the interest of human rights and civil liberties for all people, we strongly advocate for unfettered freedom of speech, open-minded public education, In the interest of human rights and civil engage for all people, we strongly tradition of unfettered freedom of speech, dialogue. The Jewish community respectful discussion, and willingness to libertiesin that time-honored Jewishadvocate for fruitful debate and meaningfulopen-minded public education, respectful a fateful debate over the future of Israeli democracy and the occupation of of fruitful lands. Attempting to curtail that debate will only drive is riven by discussion, and willingness to engage in that time-honored Jewish tradition Palestiniandebate and meaningful dialogue. The Jewish community it is riven shadows, where it over the future of Israeli democracy and the occupation of Palestinian lands. Attempting to curtail that debate will only drive it into the by a fateful debate will become ever more extreme. into the shadows, where it will become ever more extreme.

Sandra Butler Sandra Butler Debra Chasnoff Debra Chasnoff Filmmaker Kim Chernin Kim Chernin Helen S. Cohen Helen S. Filmmaker Cohen Susie Coliver Susie David Rabbi ColiverJ. Cooper Rabbi David J. Cooper Sandra Curtis, PhD Sandra Judaica Board Fair TradeCurtis, PhD
Fair Trade Judaica Board Rabbi Lavey Derby Rabbi Lavey Marta Drury Derby Marta Hand Heart & DruryFund Heart & Hand Fund Filmmaker Filmmaker

Ron H. Feldman, PhD Ron H. Author Feldman, PhD
Author Professor Charlotte Professor Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert Elisheva Fonrobert Stanford University

Victor Honig Victor Honig Rabbi Burt Jacobson Rabbi Burt Jacobson Deborah Kaufman Deborah Filmmaker Kaufman
Filmmaker Professor Ari Y. Kelman Professor California, Davis University of Ari Y. Kelman

Naomi Newman Naomi Jewish Theater TravelingNewman

Stanford University Professor Estelle Freedman Professor Estelle Stanford University Freedman Stanford University Marcia Freedman Marcia Freedman J Street National Advisory Board

Rabbi Allen B. Bennett Rabbi Berlowitz, PhD Judith Allen B. Bennett Judith Berlowitz, PhD Mills College,
Mills College, Holy Names University Holy Names University

Storyteller and author

Nan Fink Gefen, PhD Nan Fink Gefen, PhD Laura Goldin Laura Goldin Conference of California
Conference of California Bar Associations Bar Associations

J Street National Advisory Board

Virginia King, CFP Virginia King, CFP Paul Kivel Paul AuthorKivel Kim Klausner Kim Klausner Vivian Kleiman Vivian Kleiman Filmmaker
Author

University of California, Davis

Traveling Jewish Theater Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man Janis Plotkin Janis Plotkin Professor Alan Ramo Professor University Golden GateAlan Ramo Golden Gate University School of Law School of Law

Alan Snitow Alan Snitow Filmmaker

Filmmaker Professor Nancy Stoller Professor California, University of Nancy Stoller University of Santa Cruz California, Santa Cruz

Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich Poet

Jim Van Buskirk Jim Weiman-Kelman Zoe Van Buskirk Zoe Weiman-Kelman Graduate student, UC Berkeley

Poet Professor Aron Rodrigue Professor Aron Stanford UniversityRodrigue

Claudia Bernard Claudia Bernard Professor David Biale Professor California, Davis University of David Biale

Professor John Efron Professor California, Berkeley University of John Efron

University of California, Davis Rachel Biale Rachel Biale Chana Bloch Chana Bloch Poet & translator Poet & translator

University of California, Rabbi Diane Elliot Berkeley Rabbi Diane Elliot Professor Barbara Epstein Professor California, Santa Cruz University of Barbara Epstein

Donald Goldmacher, MD Donald Goldmacher, MD Professor Bluma Goldstein Professor California, Berkeley University of Bluma Goldstein

University Candaceof California, Santa Cruz Falk, PhD Candace Falk, PhD Emma Goldman Papers Emma Goldman Papers

University of California, Berkeley Howard Herman Howard Herman Robert Herman Robert Herman Professor Emily Honig Professor California, Santa Cruz University of Emily Honig

Filmmaker Josh Kornbluth Josh Kornbluth Hannah Kranzberg Hannah Kranzberg Professor Chana Kronfeld Professor California, Berkeley University of Chana Kronfeld

Stanford University Professor Ruth Rosen Professor Ruth of California, Davis Emerita, University Rosen

Graduate student, UC Berkeley Diane Jordan Wexler Diane Jordan Wexler Professor Carol Winograd Professor Carol Stanford University Winograd Stanford University Professor Terry Winograd Professor Terry Stanford University Winograd Stanford University Dan Wohlfeiler Dan Wohlfeiler Professor Diane Wolf Professor California, Davis University of Diane Wolf

Emerita, Robert University of California, Davis Rubin Robert Rubin Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Lawyers Committee Professor Naomi for Civil Rights Seidman Professor Naomi Union Graduate TheologicalSeidman Graduate Theological Cindy Shamban Union Cindy Shamban Jewish Voice for Peace

University of California, Berkeley Rabbi Michael Lerner Rabbi Michael Tikkun Magazine Lerner

University of California, Professor Steven J. Davis Zipperstein Professor Steven Stanford University J. Zipperstein Stanford University

University Lorraine of California, Santa Cruz Honig Lorraine Honig

Tikkun Magazine Professor Lawrence Marshall Professor Lawrence Marshall Stanford University Stanford University

Jewish Voice for Peace Eleanor Shapiro Eleanor Shapiro Professor Vered Karti Shemtov Professor Vered Stanford University Karti Shemtov Stanford University

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We who have signed this Open Letter represent a very broad spectrum of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but we all agree on the vital importance of freedom of expression We open discourse this Jewish community. and who have signedin theOpen Letter represent a very broad spectrum of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but we all agree on the vital importance of freedom of expression and open discourse in the Jewish community.