Tell me more about Jewish Voice for Peace

Jewish Voice for Peace was started in 1996 in the San Francisco Bay Area by three UC Berkeley undergrads as an all-volunteer Israel and Palestine peace group. In 2002, members decided to build a larger grassroots base that could one day change US policies towards the region. Funds were raised then, as now, through a grassroots campaign focused mostly on small individual donors.

Today, JVP is a national organization closely connected to a growing grassroots base. We have 200,000 supporters on our email list, 10,000 individual donors, over 60 chapters across the United States, a staff of 28; a Rabbinic Council; an Artists’ Council; an Academic Advisory Council; a Health Council; a youth wing; and an Advisory Board consisting of some of the best-known Jewish thinkers of our time.

JVP is a community of people dedicated to supporting and leading winnable campaigns to change US policy, shift US discourse, and even the playing field in order to create the political conditions that will allow Israelis and Palestinians to achieve a just and lasting peace.

Why is it important that JVP is a Jewish group?

We represent a growing portion of Jewish Americans. Israel claims to be acting in the name of the Jewish people, so we are compelled to make sure the world knows that many Jews are opposed to their actions. There are often attempts to silence critics of Israel by conflating legitimate criticism with anti-Semitism. Israel is a state, not a person. Everyone has the right to criticize the unjust actions of a state.

How is JVP different from other major Jewish American peace groups?

Unlike other groups, we support full equality for Palestinians and Jewish Israelis grounded in international law and universal principles of human rights, and we have a large grassroots base of members across the country who lead or work on campaigns.

Because we believe in concrete action, and not just words, JVP was the first major Jewish peace group to demand that American military aid be withheld until Israel ends its occupation. We also are the only major Jewish group to support the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions.


What’s JVP’s position: one-state or two?

We support any solution that is consistent with the full rights of both Palestinians and Israeli Jews, whether one binational state, two states, or some other solution. It is up to Israelis and Palestinians to reach a mutually agreed upon solution. However, we also believe it is our obligation to offer honest analysis about the diminishing likelihood of a two-state solution given decades of Israeli settlement expansion and the current Israeli leadership’s open resolve to block the creation of a Palestinian state.

What is your position regarding Palestinian refugees?

JVP supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the right of people to return to their countries. Peace will only be possible when Israel acknowledges the Palestinian refugees’ right of return and negotiates a mutually agreed, just solution based on principles established in international law including return, compensation and/or resettlement.

Further, we believe that a just and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians can only happen through acknowledgement of the Nakba of 1947-9, which led to the creation of millions of Palestinian refugees (See Institute for Middle East Understanding’s fact sheet on the Nakba.)

For more information, view JVP’s Nakba Education Project.

Do you support boycott, divestment and sanctions?

JVP proudly endorses the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) until Israel abides by international law. We reject the assertion that BDS is inherently anti-Semitic and defend activists who employ the full range of BDS tactics when they are demonized or wrongly accused of anti-Semitism. We believe BDS is a meaningful alternative to passivity engendered by two decades of failed peace talks, and is the most effective grassroots means for applying nonviolent pressure to change Israeli policies.

Read JVP’s full statement on BDS.



Any donation of $18 or more, or any monthly donation of $5 or more (Chai Club), qualifies you for an annual JVP membership. JVP members endorse JVP’s mission and guiding principles. Note: donors can choose to opt out of membership.

Every time you give at least $18, your membership will be extended another 365 days from that date. Chai Club (JVP’s monthly donors) members will automatically be issued renewed annual membership one week before their expiration date. All other members will be reminded to renew at least one week before their expiration date.



  • Invitations to member-only webinars and trainings
  • Member-only news, updates and analysis
  • Support from JVP staff to plug into campaigns and projects
  • Exclusive access to policy briefings
  • Guidance and ritual materials from our Rabbinic Council
  • Connections to our extensive network of chapters and local leaders
  • Opportunities to build lasting personal connections

Becoming a JVP member sends a clear political message: we cannot and will not turn a blind eye to Israeli human rights violations, or US support for them. Questions about JVP Membership? Contact samantha@jewishvoiceforpeace.org

Do I have to be Jewish to join JVP?

No you don’t. JVP is an organization that is inspired by Jewish values and traditions to work towards peace and justice. We are committed to building an inclusive Jewish community, that, like many of our families, welcomes Jews and allies who share our values and appreciate our traditions, who advocate for an end to Israeli human rights abuses, and who oppose anti-Jewish hatred, anti-Arab racism, and Islamophobia.

Do I have to be in the U.S. to join JVP?

Nope. Wherever you are, you are welcome to join us in our work. We focus on the United States, however, because of the crucial role that the US plays in the Middle East–including large sums of military aid that fund the Israeli occupation.

How can I get involved?

You can start by joining Jewish Voice for Peace as a member. You can join by donating right here by credit or by sending a check to the address at the bottom of the page. The more you give, the more you can support the work we are doing. We can refer you to a JVP chapter in your area or you can directly contact one of our organizers on our chapters page. You can also join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Where should I Mail my Membership Dues?

If you prefer to send your Member dues by check, please send them to P.O. BOX 589, Berkeley, CA, 94701 and write “membership” and your email address in the notes section of the check.

What if I want to donate to support JVP in a sustainable long-term way?

One of the most effective ways to support JVP is by joining the Chai Club, our monthly donor society. You can find out more about our planned giving programs here.



Grassroots Organizing, Leadership Development, and Relationships

We believe that global systems of power that uphold injustice can be changed by grassroots movements. We build grassroots power through relationships that move people to action.


Solidarity and Accountability

As part of the global movement for justice in Palestine we work in close partnership with a broad spectrum of allies, partners, faith-based, peace, and social justice organizations in the US, Israel/Palestine and beyond. We seek to be accountable to those directly affected by Israel’s discriminatory and violent policies and practices, while working to effectively build and accountably deploy our power as American Jews.


Jewish Communities Centered Around Justice

We are inspired by Jewish traditions to work for justice and such work is part of our own liberation. We work to build Jewish communities that reflect the understanding that being Jewish and Judaism are not synonymous with Zionism or support for Israel. Our work is part of a broader struggle and commitment to end racism, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry, and all forms of oppression.


The Capacity for People to Change

Foundational to our work for justice and peace is believing people, organizations, and communities are dynamic. We create space for people to move and transform. We encourage continual learning, skill-development and political education for people to evolve in their thinking and deepen their investment in action to realize justice for all people.


Respect for the Humanity of all People

We believe parity of power will create opportunities for peace between individuals and globally. Our vision of peace, justice and equality for all people guides our work.


Flexibility and Tenacity for the Long Haul

As an organization and as individual activists we understand that this is long-term work and the change we seek likely won’t happen quickly or through just one strategy. We enable broad participation, employ multiple approaches, adapt based on what we are learning, and honor the diverse contributions of activists and leaders.


JVP students push their universities to divest, build campus chapters, and fight unjust censorship of Palestinian voices. Our Academic Advisory Council brings together faculty committed to an open discussion of Israel/Palestine on campus.


We support churches in their efforts to align their values with their investments. Our Network Against Islamophobia supports organizing against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.


We can’t change U.S. policy without changing Congress first. With our huge grassroots base, members of Congress are paying increasing attention to our message that all people deserve justice, fairness, and equality.


Artists and cultural workers help us envision justice and dream of a better world. The JVP Artists and Cultural Workers Council comprises writers, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, dancers, and more.


We are challenging institutional Jewish communities to act on values of justice, and our Rabbinical Council and Open Synagogue Network are paving the path to justice-centered Jewish communities.


JVP answers the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) made by Palestinian civil society through strategic, dynamic, and effective local and national campaigns.

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