Recorded May 11, 2024

Jewish Identity After Oct 7

Reclaiming Jewish Ethics in Solidarity with Palestine

A Community Gathering with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

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“As a rabbi committed to the practice of Jewish nonviolence, I know a long road of reparative action stretches before us. But it’s the only way.”
– Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

The occupation of Palestine is rooted in Jewish deep intergenerational trauma and on Zionist settler colonial ambitions. The attack on Israel of Oct 7 has revived and amplified this trauma. But almost seven months later, we must reckon with horrifying reports of an entrenched, systemic policy of oppression, displacement, home demolitions and human rights violations, culminating in a massacre that most condemn as genocidal in nature.

  • Has the Jewish painful history been exploited to justify an ongoing cycle of violence and ethnic cleansing against Palestinians?
  • What is this “existential fear” that keeps being used as a justification for apartheid and oppression?
  • How can we reclaim Judaism’s teachings and principles of non-violence?
  • Where do our moral obligations lie, faced with an Israeli strategy that claims to represent all Jewish people?
  • Is there a responsibility for Jews of conscience to speak out against the genocide?

Join Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb as we grapple with these heavy questions. She contends that solidarity with the Palestinian struggle is rooted in Judaism’s deepest ethical callings — to pursue justice, uplift the oppressed and respect the inherent humanity in all people.

In this essential conversation, we explored:

  • How the occupation violates core tenets of Jewish ethics
  • Finding the courage to face isolation when standing up for Palestinian rights
  • Strengthening a movement of Jewish allies for equality and human rights

Come with an open mind and heart. This is an opportunity to cut through divisions and look at the Palestinian issue through the lens of Judaism’s most precious moral values.


Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

Lynn Gottlieb, one of the first women to become a rabbi in Jewish history, is a pioneer Jewish feminist, human rights activist, writer, visual artist, ceremonialist, community educator and master storyteller.

Lynn has been a congregational rabbi since the fall of 1973, and founded the Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque, NM, in 1980. Lynn engages in multifaith, intergenerational and multicultural organizing in solidarity with racial, indigenous, gender justice and Palestinian liberation struggles.

Currently, Lynn sits on the Rabbinic Council of Jewish Voice for Peace and is board chair of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. Rabbi Lynn is the author of several books, including Peace Primer II, She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of Renewed Judaism, World Beyond Borders Passover Haggadah and Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence.

Rabbi Lynn is a Shomeret Shalom, a practitioner of the Torah of nonviolence.

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