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Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - March 23, 2017 0 Comments

Do Jewish Organizations Need to “Defund Islamophobia”?

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups deemed anti-Muslim by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Center for American Progress, alleges a new report from Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Chicago. In a world where Muslims and Jews alike are …

The Conspiracy - March 21, 2017 0 Comments

Before Shutting Down Speakers, Do Your Research

If you dissent, I don’t mind. But leave your judgment here and see what you find: In New Voices last week, a great friend and classmate of mine, Sarah Asch, wrote a response to the protest of Charles Murray at Middlebury College, in which she blames the college administration for allowing Murray …

The Conspiracy - March 15, 2017 0 Comments

Shutting Down Charles Murray Wasn’t a Free Speech Issue

We’ve made a lot of headlines recently at Middlebury College. Most news coverage of the student protest resisting controversial speaker Charles Murray has been discouraging and demeaning – “Violent Student Mob in Vermont Shuts Down Charles Murray” and “Understanding the Angry Mob at …

The Conspiracy - March 15, 2017 0 Comments

Boston, Get Ready for a Purim-Themed Protest

On Purim, Jews celebrate a story of resistance. On Sunday, March 19, hundreds of Jews and Muslims, as well as young adults and students from Boston’s variety of faith and cultural communities, will do the same at #ProjectPurim: Resilience in Unity. Participants plan to flood the Harvard Science …

The Conspiracy - March 7, 2017 0 Comments

God Won’t Give Me My Anorexia Back

I lie in bed one night praying to God to end my pain. I ask him, “Please either let me die or take this eating disorder away from me.” I was in recovery from my anorexia for about a year and a half. But I unfortunately relapsed and found myself back in treatment. Six months later, I am fighting …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 23, 2017 0 Comments

The Middle Ground on Israel Went Missing

The American political sphere is more polarized than ever – and the discourse around Israel is no exception. The issue has recently become a popular talking point on both the far-left and the far-right, while centrists of both parties are pushed to the sidelines. While the far-left cries of a …

The Conspiracy - February 21, 2017 0 Comments

My Hillel Neglects Queer Jews

I came out to myself, and my wider community, during my sophomore year of college. Hillel was the first organization I was involved in on campus, and before I ever entered queer spaces, I came out at my Hillel. The reactions made me reflect on Hillel’s relationship with queer Jews and gave me with …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 16, 2017 0 Comments

Tu B’Shvat Thoughts: Bringing Mysticism Back

When Tu B’shvat comes around, I roll up my sleeves and prepare myself for the ritual tree planting, garden weeding, and litter collecting that has marked my Tu B’shvats of the past. My less observant, modern Jewish community taught me the holiday’s message of social justice in concrete terms: …

The Conspiracy - February 14, 2017 0 Comments

Why We Marched on Washington as Reform Jews

We attend university in Columbus, Ohio, but watching the anticipation for the Women’s March build in our nation’s capital, we knew that this was not a moment in history when we could stand aside and simply watch. Our generation of college students are going to come of age in this era of renewed …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 10, 2017 0 Comments

Jewish Schools, Stop the Statements on Policy

Although President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban has been halted by a federal court in Washington state, Jewish educational institutions shouldn’t be publicly sitting in judgment on issues that do not pertain to the Jewish community or Israel. At the expense of possibly furthering …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 9, 2017 0 Comments

Jews and the Muslim Ban – This Time, It’s Personal

When my great-grandfather left England around the turn of the century, in part due to anti-Semitism, his name was Harris Moses. By the time he set foot on U.S. soil, it had changed to the much more goyishe Julius Harris. Of course, he was not the only immigrant Jew to change his name to better his …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 8, 2017 0 Comments

This Jewish “Well-Behaved Woman” Marches

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” So read my sign, after several hours of dorm room crafting, not to mention the days of agonizing over what to write for the Women’s March on Washington. My roommate was the first to comment on the irony of my chosen slogan, pointing out that I’m …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 26, 2017 0 Comments

In Trump’s America, Open Campus Communities Matter More Than Ever

A few weeks before the election, the Wesleyan Jewish Community, a proud Open Hillel, gathered in our sukkah to discuss the meaning of Jewish values. Students from Cardinals for Israel, J Street U, and Jewish Voice for Peace talked about the complexities that led us to develop our particular beliefs …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 25, 2017 0 Comments

Media Still Misrepresents Jewish Students

Everyone has their morning rituals. I roll over, sleepily grab my phone, and look at my Google Alerts for “Jewish students,” which supplies me with all the day’s news featuring campus Jews. As the editor of New Voices and a nerdy recent grad, this is what one does before coffee. Here’s …

The Conspiracy - January 18, 2017 0 Comments

7 Semester Survival Tips for Jewish Freshmen

With the first semester of college behind us, many freshmen are wondering how it went by so quickly. The late-night pizzas, the cram sessions, and the crying sessions all melded together to create the whirlwind that is the first chapter of the “college experience.” Integrating yourself into the …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 16, 2017 0 Comments

This Professor Gets the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act All Wrong

In The Wall Street Journal a couple weeks ago, former Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse wrote about how we need to fight anti-Semitism through the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which requires the Department of Education to take the broad State Department definition of anti-Semitism into account when …

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