Who we are
We are a council of Jews and allies, drawing on our various backgrounds and diverse disciplines to lift up radical Jewish histories; raise collective awareness about the Nakba and the ongoing colonization of historic Palestine; support local and national Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) campaigns, especially cultural boycott; partner with Palestinian artists and uplift Palestinian cultural resistance; reclaim Jewish ritual and stories; center the voices and vision of Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews; and challenge the mobilization of Jewish trauma to support Israeli state violence. We seek to offer our art and cultural work to both strengthen organizing as well as shape its strategy.
At JVP, we believe creative protest, cultural production, and art have a unique role to play in building justice. The JVP Artists and Cultural Workers Council is a leadership body of 40 acclaimed poets, rock singers, cartoonists, painters, actors, playwrights, novelists, filmmakers, computer programmers, musicians, dancers, performance artists, and other cultural workers. Inspired by Jewish activist and artistic traditions, the Council is made up of Jews and allies who represent a broader network of hundreds of influential and talented artists and makers. Our work for a just peace in Israel/Palestine needs artists and cultural workers to help us envision more just and possible futures, not simply what is politically “practical” in this moment. Art compels us to question, invites us to memory, provokes us to act. What does a pluralistic, socially just, multi-ethnic, vibrant, safe, and flourishing Israel/Palestine look like? What do the houses and cities look like? Which books are on the shelves? What does an open, joyous, diverse, global Jewish community feel like? What do we pray about? How do our instruments sound?
Amanda Lundquist, Western Mass - Aurora Levins Morales, Boston - Daniel Rosza Lang-Levitsky,NY - Danny Bryk, NY - Dave Lippman, NY - Debra Stuckgold, Bay Area - Dori Midnight, Western Mass - Eitan Isaacson, Seattle - Elaina Ellis, Seattle - Elijah Oberman*, NY - Ellen O'Grady, NC - Ethan Heitner, NY - Ezra Nepon, Philly - Hadar Ahuvia, NY - Hillary Sametz, Kansas City, MO - Irene Siegel, NY - Irit Reinheimer, Philly - Jenny Levison, NY - Josh Perlstein, Western Mass - Louisa Solomon, NY - Madeleine Avirov, Los Angeles, CA - Micah Bazant, Bay Area, CA - Michi Osato, NY - MJ Kaufman, Philly - Morgan Bassichis*, NY - Nicole Bindler, Philly - Noa Fort, NY - Noa Grayevsky, Bay Area - Rebekah Tarin, Peñasco, NM - Sandra Ceas, Littleton, CO - Sarah Sills, NY - Shachaf Polakow* - Shalva Wise**, NY - Shelby Handler, Seattle - Stormy Staats, Somes Bar, CA - Susan Eisenberg, Boston - Tamar Sharabi*, Philly - Una Osato*, NY - Wendy Somerson*, Seattle - Yonah Adelman, NY
* Steering committee member, ** JVP Coordinator