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Feminism & Zionism: Exploring Recent Tensions

During an exciting moment when the feminism movement is burgeoning, we're seeing increased hostility toward Zionism. As Zionists, how can we lift up Zionism and Israel in feminist spaces? How can we lift up feminism in Zionist spaces? How should we decide when to build bridges or fight back? How can we navigate intersectionality? Hadassah's Defining Zionism series presents five Jewish women who actively engage with these issues every day. Watch as they reflect on their own experiences and share advice for feminists, Zionists, and all of us looking to better understand the interplay between our multiple identities.

DISCLAIMER: Hadassah is not affiliated with the featured speakers who participate in the Defining Zionism series, or with their affiliated organizations. The opinions and viewpoints expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect Hadassah’s positions and Hadassah does not endorse or make any representations regarding the speaker or information presented by such speaker.


Join our panel as they discuss the following topics:


ZIonism: A Bad Word? | Defining Zionism: LA
Defining Ourselves: A Call for Clarity

Libby Lenkinski says that much like her American patriotism, her Zionism is aspirational in nature, allowing her to be critical of the government’s actions, just as she is about the US’s. Do you agree?

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What We Need Now: The Art of Engagement | Defining Zionism: LA
The Value of Seeing Gray in a Black-and-White Landscape

Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg and Emily Shire explore issues that come up when movements take black-and-white stances, or a "if you don’t support our very specific vision, get out" approach.

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Dialogue: Are Prerequisites Essential? | Defining Zionism: LA
What’s My Zionism Got to Do With It?

"Why is being a Zionist a focal issue of the current American feminist movement?" asks Marisa Kabas. When "there are so many human rights atrocities being committed against women around the world, why is Israel being singled out?"

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Self-Identification vs. Detachment | Defining Zionism: LA
Dissent, Discourse, and Twitter Trolls

What role should victimhood play in conversations around intersectionality? Panelists discuss when to take criticism seriously, and when to dismiss it.

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BDS in Rabbinical School: Now What? | Defining Zionism: LA
Why We Need Coalition Building

When you agree with most of what a movement’s charter calls for, be vocal about what you do support and what you do not, says one panelist. Do you agree?


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Geopolitics: Addressing Complexity | Defining Zionism: LA
Calling All Zionist Feminists (and Feminist Zionists)

Each of our five panelists pitches her vision of feminist Zionism. Which one speaks the most to you? One take: women are leading the charge to build bridges to peace.


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