Who Speaks for the Jews?

Join IfNotNow and the Jewish Liberation Fund for this speaker series addressing the question of who holds the power to shape Jewish communal narratives, how they exercise it, and what we can do.

May 23rd at 7pm ET: Telling Stories with Data: Reclaiming the studies that shape Jewish communal narratives with Samira Mehta and Ari Kelman, moderated by Analucía Lopezrevoredo

Samira Mehta, Ari Kelman, and Analucía Lopezrevoredo will help unpack the numerous recent studies that seek to explain: Who are Jews and what do they care about? They will help us understand how the studies are funded, data is collected, and how this demographic data is used to advance projects, movements, and political causes that often exclude Jews of Color, queer Jews, and others at the margins of organized Jewish life. Register now.

June 30th at 7pm ET: Antisemitism and the Impact of Philanthropy on Public Discourse with Matt Berkman, Shaul Magid, and Lara Friedman

Discussions on antisemitism and its definition are highly contested ground. How does philanthropy impact this conversation? Join Matt Berkman, Shaul Magid, and Lara Friedman to unpack the forces shaping public discussion on antisemitism and the role of the Jewish philanthropic complex in Jewish political discourse. Co-sponsored by Jewish Currents. Register now.

July 20th at 7pm ET: Israel-Palestine and the future of Jewish Politics in America with Sarah Anna Minkin and Dov Waxman

The relationship between Israel and American Jewry is changing, opening up new political possibilities and opportunities to contest for power within the American Jewish sphere. Join Sarah Anne Minkin and Dov Waxman to dig into the nature of this changing relationship, the impact on discourse around Israel-Palestine, where Jewish politics might be headed in the future, and what that means for the growing Jewish progressive movement. Register now.

The Jewish Liberation Fund (JLF) mobilizes resources to sustain and grow a progressive Jewish movement and fund a Jewish future we can believe in. We pursue this mission by cultivating the seeds of the Jewish progressive movement as a grantmaker whose decisions are made by Black and Indigenous Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardim and Mizrahim; designing resources and courses for large funders to critically consider the role of philanthropy in dismantling unjust social systems; and organizing Jewish funders to take collective action to usher in new practices in the Jewish philanthropic space. 

Events

Telling Stories with Data: Reclaiming the studies that shape Jewish communal narratives Meeting May 23, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET Part 2 of our series: Who Speaks for the Jews? In this event, Samira Mehta, Ari Kelman, and Analucía Lopezrevoredo will help unpack the numerous recent studies that seek to explain: Who are Jews and what do they care about? They will dig into how the studies are funded, data is collected, and how this demographic data is used to advance projects, movements, and political causes that often exclude Jews of Color, queer Jews, and others at the margins of organized Jewish life. Ari Y. Kelman holds the Jim Joseph Chair in Education and Jewish Studies at Stanford University. Samira K. Mehta is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies and of Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Analucía Lopezrevoredo a Peruvian-Chilean-Quechua-American anti-oppression educator and researcher, and founder of Jewtina & Co.

Antisemitism and the Impact of Philanthropy on Public Discourse Meeting June 30, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET Part 3 of the four part series: Who Speaks for the Jews? A speaker series addressing the question of who holds the power to shape Jewish communal narratives, how they exercise it, and what we can do. Discussions on antisemitism and its definition are highly contested ground. How does philanthropy impact this conversation? Join Matt Berkman, Shaul Magid, and Lara Friedman to unpack the forces shaping public discussion on antisemitism and the role of the Jewish philanthropic complex in Jewish political discourse. Co-sponsored by Jewish Currents.

Israel-Palestine and the Future of Jewish Politics in America Meeting July 20, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET Part 4 of the four part series: Who Speaks for the Jews? A speaker series addressing the question of who holds the power to shape Jewish communal narratives, how they exercise it, and what we can do. The relationship between Israel and American Jewry is changing, opening up new political possibilities and opportunities to contest for power within the American Jewish sphere. Join Sarah Anne Minkin and Dov Waxman to dig into the nature of this changing relationship, the impact on discourse around Israel-Palestine, where Jewish politics might be headed in the future, and what that means for the growing Jewish progressive movement.