Monthly Archives: December 2014

Review of Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm ed., The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel (Wayne State University Press, 2015) — By Peter Eisenstadt

Review of Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm ed., The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel (Wayne State University Press, 2015)
Peter Eisenstadt

When the leadership of the American Studies Association (ASA) rammed through a resolution in December 2013 calling for “the boycott of Israeli academic institutions” (with the question of its impact on individual Israeli scholars left murkily ambiguous) it created a furor. Many other academic organizations have faced, or will soon face, academic boycott resolutions. The tactic has been successful in calling attention to the growing BDS movement, and in shedding light on attitudes towards Israel in the academy. Often the resulting image has not been pretty. Opponents of the academic boycott have put together a remarkable, sprawling volume, The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, edited by Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm (Wayne State University Press, 2015), with some 25 essays over 550 pages, that cover the issue from almost every conceivable angle. Anyone remotely interested in the issue should read it.

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Jewish Women for Child Refugees (JWCR): An Update from Lawyers who returned from Artesia N.M.–By Ayala Emmett, Debby Kornfeld and Ahavya Deutsch

Jewish Women for Child Refugees (JWCR): An Update from Lawyers who returned from Artesia N.M.
Ayala Emmett, Debby Kornfeld and Ahavya Deutsch

Unaccompanied minors from Central America
Unaccompanied minors from Central America

JWCR Responded to The Crisis of Child Refugees from Central America

In the summer of 2014 we all have heard about the children refugees from Central America seeking asylum in the United States. These children are fleeing unspeakable violence, and have risked their lives to come here, because remaining in their countries of origin is a death sentence.
As Jews, we remember a time during World War II when it was Jewish parents who put their children on trains and buses, hoping they would find safety at the end of their journey. We, a group of Rochester Jewish Women for Child Refugees, JWCR, decided to take action and help these asylum-seeking children.

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Reflection—by Eleanor S. Lewin

Reflection
Eleanor S. Lewin

November is filled

With bounty

Autumnal pursuits have

The perspective of long life

Beauty beckons like still wine

To satisfy the eye and soul

Friendships sustain memory

With sublime echoes of

compassionate voices

Time is the frame

For a well lived life