Hello Innermost Parts!
As some of you may know, JVP is putting a campaign together to become accepted into Hillel’s umbrella group. Innermost Parts is not taking a stance on this debate. Please become informed before signing JVP’s petition.
Hillel’s national guidelines supports Israel, as is in their mission statement. Hillel recognizes JVP as a Jewish organization, welcomes their commentary to discussion, and respects them as a fellow organization at Brandeis. Hillel board member Erica said in an earlier post on Innermost Parts that she is “happy that Brandeis students have diverse venues to explore perspectives, ask questions, and develop thoughtful stances on the Middle East. Hillel’s decision does not change this important reality.”
She reflects that:
Hillel Board’s decision does not reflect our personal politics- it was procedural. Our vote, in line with national Hillel, simply means that Jewish Voice for Peace, as an organization, does not have a place in the organization Hillel at Brandeis. By turning down JVP we are not turning our back on JVP members. We are not attempting to exclude voices or stifle individual opinions and identities. It is my hope that those who are a part of JVP, or advocate its views, will continue to attend Hillel events and participate actively in our community. You are always welcome here. I look forward to continuing conversations at your events, and at our events.
Personally, as an activist, I have to wonder why JVP even wants to become associated with Hillel when their mission statements are so inherently different and they wish to accomplish different goals.
I have tried to arrange a meeting with a member of JVP who has not gotten back to me. I asked her, with no response, what JVP’s goals were and the reaction they were looking for from Hillel. What is JVP trying to accomplish with this campaign? In my personal opinion, this petition will not further JVP’s goals as an organization. For a group trying to bring “peace” they are certainly dividing the Jewish community at Brandeis.