Antisemitism and BDS, topic for the 2nd JIG meeting
The Jewish Interest Group (JIG) held its second meeting that was very well attended, with more than 50 attendees. The focus of the meeting was getting to know each other and socializing. The attendees sat around 8 tables with 6 or 7 people at each table. Each group discussed what they especially like about Judaism. Some common themes identified included Jewish history, tradition, food, ethics, a sense of belonging, oppression, Yiddishkeit and immediate connection to Jewish strangers.
For the next JIG meeting, scheduled for July 17, at 2 pm in the East Rec Center, we will have Dr. Michael Harris discuss rising antisemitism over the past several decades that is a major concern for the American Jewish community. A major platform by which antisemitism is promoted is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
This talk will review both the history of the BDS movement and how it presents itself on university campuses, in communities and in the political arena, and also will review the current status of Ethnic Studies in California schools. Most importantly, we’ll talk about what individuals can do about both of these,
Dr. Michael Harris was one of the founders of San Francisco Voice for Israel, which became the Bay Area chapter of StandWithUs. He has spoken about Israel at synagogues, churches, political groups and senior citizen centers, as well as standing up for Israel against anti-Israel demonstrators on the streets of the Bay Area. He has appeared on radio and television news reports as a local spokesperson for StandWithUs and SF Voice for Israel. His book, ‘Winning a Debate with an Israel Hater’ had its second edition published in November of 2018. He has recently moved to Sonoma County, having retired from being a pediatrician in Marin.
Anyone interested in joining the JIG should contact Howard Sidorsky at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any resident in Oakmont is welcome to become a member or attend a meeting