Dispatches from the network and updates from the Foundation.
WHP Alum Archie Gottesman (MetroWest NJ 08) and WHP Alum Stacy Stuart (Greater MetroWest 15)
We’re not asking for permission to be Jewish. We’re asking for Jews to connect joyfully with their own religion and for others to confront their own biases and lack of education. JewBelong doesn’t allow antisemites to control the narrative.
The litany of antisemitic incidents in recent years, especially those involving violence and murder, has brought many of us “antisemitism skeptics” out of the closet. It has made converts to the cause out of a good number of us too.
Professionals like me who work on campus strive to create a welcoming atmosphere for Jewish students so they can take pride in their identities...Our bests moments are the moments of pride in being Jewish, celebration, and self-affirmation. Antisemitism can’t take that away from us. And it won’t.
Like many of you, I’m sure, I am driven, focused, and ambitious. As my best friend likes to say, I don’t meander! Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me, but I want to get from point A to point B as efficiently as possible. It turns out that to keep my sanity, I needed to start taking the long way.
I know that a vicious terror attack at a shul, one you pass by frequently, one in your own beautiful neighborhood and of course, one in which you might have raised your own voice in sacred prayer is never too far from your memory. How can it not be?