Erev Shabbat Service: Beth Am Welcomes Amanda Berman, Founder & President of Zioness | Congregation Beth Am

Erev Shabbat Service: Beth Am Welcomes Amanda Berman, Founder & President of Zioness

Unabashedly Progressive, Unquestionably Zionist: Fighting Anti-Semitism on the Left, on Campus and Beyond

Can you be both progressive and Zionist? American Jews who are committed both to liberal policies and to the Jewish and democratic State of Israel are often faced with a painful dilemma — forced to choose one identity over the other in order to participate in social justice movements.

Beth Am is honored to welcome Amanda Berman, Founder and President of the Zioness Movement, a new initiative that empowers and activates Zionists on the progressive left to stand proudly in social justice groups as Jews and Zionists.

Amanda also will discuss her work as the Director of Legal Affairs at The Lawfare Project, coordinating a network of pro bono lawyers to protect and defend the civil rights of the Jewish people around the globe. Among it's major legal initiatives are two cases against SFSU for its constitutional and civil rights violations against Jewish and Israeli students. For more information, visit www.zioness.org and lawfareproject.org.

After our Erev Shabbat service, enjoy dialogue with our speaker and a delicious community dinner in the Social Hall, prepared by Beth Am's Poltava Committee. The dinner is now closed. (All proceeds from the dinner will support our award-winning sister synagogue in Ukraine, Beth Am of Poltava, as well as the WUPJ rabbinic studies program in Moscow.)

*This service will be live video streamed. By entering the Sanctuary, you give Beth Am permission to record you.

Amanda Berman is the Founder and President of the Zioness Movement, a new initiative empowering and activating Zionists on the progressive left to stand proudly in social justice spaces as Jews and Zionists. She is also the Director of Legal Affairs at The Lawfare Project, spearheading legal initiatives such as the action against Kuwait Airways for its discrimination against Israeli nationals, and the dual cases against SFSU for its constitutional and civil rights violations against Jewish and Israeli students and community members. Amanda is a graduate of the Anti-Defamation League's Glass Leadership Institute, recipient of Hadassah's prestigious Myrtle Wreath Award, and was listed by the Algemeiner as one of the top "100 people positively contributing to Jewish life" in 2018.

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