100’s of Chanukah celebrations rekindle resistance to Trump


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December 24, 2019
Contact: Sonya E Meyerson-Knox | sonya@jvp.org | 929-290-0317

From BDS dreidels to “Boycott, boycott, boycott” to #LatkesAgainstTrump, Jews across the U.S. challenge Trump’s Executive Order

(New York City, NY) From Seattle to Ann Arbor to Tuscon, from New York City to LA to Miami, hundreds of Chanukah celebrations were held challenging President Trump’s Executive Order. In family gatherings, community parties and outdoor demonstrations, Jews and friends gathered to celebrate Chanukah’s story of resistance – against Trump.

Among the hundreds of celebrations, here are some of our favorites: In New York City and Philadelphia, JVP Chapter Chanukah parties sang “Boycott, boycott, boycott” to the tune of “Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel” and “Chanukah, Oh, Chanukah/ No executive order/ Let’s all light the people’s menorah.” Illustrations depicting resisting Trump’s Executive Order were colored by folk of all ages from  Seattle to Concord, including original artwork by Micah Bizant. JVP chapters in LA, Miami and Boston all took to the streets.  And everywhere, people were playing BDS dreidel.

Rabbi Alissa Wise, acting Co-Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, said:
“The story of Chanukah is one of resistance to domination. In this time of rising authoritarian rule in the US and around the globe, we celebrate Chanukah by infusing our rituals with acts of defiance. So this year, Jews in the U.S. are spinning BDS dreidels, crafting new lyrics to Chanukah songs and discussing Israeli apartheid while flipping latkes – and in so doing defying Trump’s Executive Order. Trump is attempting to dangerously narrow Jewishness and use antisemitism as cover for suppressing the thriving movement for Palestinian freedom. Our Chanukah celebrations rekindle our resistance!”
Rabbi Alissa Wise is available to speak with the media.

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 500,000 online supporters, over 70 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.


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