Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and liberation. We are a grassroots organization, which means our members are our power.
While anti-Palestinian organizations may be working with enormous budgets, we at JVP have members across the country who are passionate about justice in Palestine, and we won’t stop until we have reached our goal.
I deeply admire JVP’s decolonizing vision and its call to root one’s faith in justice work. Through JVP, I have found a home, a renewed understanding of spirituality, and a reason to remain hopeful about our capacity to transform ourselves and our world.
Since joining JVP, I’ve begun to reengage with Jewish ritual and community in way that finally feels meaningful to me and consistent with my belief in honoring the humanity of all people.
In JVP, I’ve found a community that lives into the best of Jewish traditions while unapologetically standing in solidarity with and taking leadership from Palestinians.
For me, it has been JVP that separates Jewish values and the teaching of the Prophets from the growing brutality of the Israeli occupation, which is presented to the world as actions of the “Jewish state.” I am grateful to JVP for keeping real Jewish values alive. Read Noushin’s Story
Naomi Klein JVP shows that being a good Jew means standing up for values of human rights and solidarity with Palestinian people. It’s an alternative Jewish community that allows me to have a home. Watch Naomi’s Video
The change that JVP works on here in the Jewish community is a dramatic shift – how to think about Israel/Palestine, about justice – and I’m so privileged to be a part of it. Watch Udi’s Video
I joined JVP at Barnard/Columbia in 2015 after seeing the militarization of Jewishness and Torah that Zionism is carrying out, which helped me see more fully the systemic oppression that Israel has and continues to perpetrate against the Palestinian people.
I joined JVP during the 2014 Gaza War and used a JVP hagaddah for a Tisha b’Av mourning ritual. I later became one of the leaders of the Tucson chapter, where we have been drawing connections between border militarization of US/Mexico and Israel/Palestine.
The focus on anti-racism, anti-islamophobia, anti-semitism and solidarity with Palestinians means that I can bring my children into a Jewish community that feels true to our beliefs, authentic and just, which is everything that I had been searching for.
I realized that yes, there is a place for us within the Jewish community. For the first time, I felt I truly had the right to call myself a Jew. Read Leslie’s Story
I was much more alone in the world before I joined JVP. It is one of the very few social movements about which I have no ambivalence. The world is better because JVP exists. Read Judith’s Story
I have been a part of a military occupying force myself, and have seen firsthand the harsh consequences of martial force on innocent people, and how oppression can drive people to extremist causes. When I joined JVP, I found a meaningful and relevant context where I can be active in supporting human rights. Read Ken’s Story
Judy + Roy The status-quo-supporting “powers-that-be” are feeling increasingly less powerful. That’s a testament to JVP and its wonderful staff, volunteers, and supporters. And it’s a positive sign for everyone committed to peace and justice.
JVP consistently inspires and challenges me to grow, learn, and act as part of a greater movement. It is, literally and figuratively, my activist family.
Rabbi Brian Walt
Those with power in the US and in Israel will only change if there is a powerful demand for justice. I support JVP as it is the only Jewish organization that supports B.D.S and because it is the only Jewish organization that welcomes Jews who are not Zionists. Read Brian’s Story
As a Mizrachi Jew, I am personally disconcerted and hurt by the anti-Arabness that Zionism propels in Israel and beyond, even against Arab Jews like myself. JVP has emerged as one of the sole radical Jewish forces substantially and openly dedicated to no-exceptions decolonization. Read Ethan’s Story
Everyone I’ve met in JVP – fellow artists/members/staff – have become important parts of my community who I look to to help make sense of the world, dream with, and organize together. Read Una’s Story
JVP started in a living room with a few individuals coming together in their grief and anger over Israel’s conduct and their determination to take action. Today all of our work has that same spark–of people finding power together to fight injustice–and it has spread to hundreds of thousands of living rooms and classrooms, synagogues and city halls, streets and computer screens from coast to coast. Put simply, our members are the heart and the engine of our work.
Becoming a JVP member sends a clear political message: we cannot and will not ignore Israeli human rights violations, or US support for them. As long as these injustices are committed in our name, it is our obligation and opportunity to speak up and act out, to learn and to teach, to join others and build the movement for justice for all.
Any annual 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 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.
Questions about JVP Membership? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY BECOME A JVP MEMBER?
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 and from-the-ground briefings
Guidance and ritual materials from our Rabbinic Council
Voting in annual JVP board elections
Connections to our extensive network of chapters and local leaders
Opportunities to build lasting personal connections
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.
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.
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.
Not able to get involved with a local chapter? Check out jvp.org/members-at-large for a list of other ways to put your membership to work from wherever you are.
If you prefer to send your Member dues by check, please send them to JVP, PO Box 589, Berkeley, CA 94701 and write “membership” and your email address in the notes section of the check.
Will you remind me when it’s time to renew?
Yes. You should receive an email to the address you used to join JVP one week before your annual membership expires reminding you that it is time to renew. And here’s one more reason to join the Chai Club: Chai Club members never have to worry about renewing their membership. As long as you are a monthly donor, whether you give $5 or $50, your membership will always remain current.