Friend,

This was a difficult week for American Jews - and a busy one for Democrats. In the midst of the impeachment reckoning for Donald Trump's indisputable high crimes and misdemeanors, violent and shocking antisemitism continued to rear its ugly head this week. With the president invoking vile tropes about Jews last Saturday, the vicious terrorist attack on the Jewish community in Jersey City on Monday, and the controversy over the Trump administration's executive order on Wednesday, and the break-in of the Persian synagogue in Beverly Hills, CA over the weekend - it's been a bit too much to handle.
 
But it is in these dark moments for our community that I am reminded why we started the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus, and why we continue to fight. We fight because survival is our heritage, and godwilling - our legacy. Because we deserve a country and a state that is as committed to our wellbeing and security as we are to it. This upcoming election cycle is going to be difficult. As Jews and Democrats, we are going to be faced with a campaign that invokes our community's struggle for cynical political gain - but we must speak out against it. We have to stand up for our community and our values. That is what I hope we will do together, as members of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus.
 
That work will begin on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - when we will have our 2020 Kickoff meeting. Your attendance will be critical, as we will be voting on our bylaws, discussing out 2020 organizing plan, and hearing from MDP Chair Lavora Barnes!
 
As always, please read until the end of this newsletter, as it contains several important dates and updates!
 
Yasher Ko'ach,

Noah Arbit
Founder and Chair, Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus
January 14 (Tuesday)
MI Jewish Dems 2020 Kickoff Meeting
7:00-9:00pm in Bingham Farms
RSVP TODAY!
December 17 (Tuesday)
West Bloomfield-Lakes Area Democrats Holiday Party
6:30-8:00pm at Buddy's Pizza (FH)


 
December 19 (Thursday)
Sen. Jeremy Moss' Arcade Night
5:30-7:30pm in Ferndale
RSVP


 
January 5 (Sunday)
Fems For Dems 2020 Kickoff
5:00pm in Oakland County
RSVP

 

The Michigan Jewish Democrats issued a statement that the group is “repulsed” by Trump’s comments, calling him “the most antisemitic president this country has seen since Richard Nixon.” Continue reading in the Michigan Advance

(Friday, 12/13/19) — "As we continue to grapple with rapidly rising antisemitism – including violent antisemitism – across the United States, Senator Peters’ membership of this vital and timely task force ensures Jewish Michiganders will have a strong voice in the conversation." Continue reading our statement

Michigan Jewish Democrats Statement on 72 Hours of Antisemitism in America

(Wednesday, 12/11/19) — "The events of the past 72 hours have distilled the deeply troubling political environment in which American Jews now find ourselves. Alongside rising antisemitism on the political extremes, we must also contend with the continued willingness – even zeal – of Donald Trump and the Republican Party to co-opt Jews’ very potent concerns over antisemitism and Israel policy as a fig leaf to distract from their own promulgation of policies and rhetoric driven by xenophobia and white nationalism." Continue reading our statement

Thanks to everyone who attended our Hanukkah party last Sunday!

"The text of the order, which leaked on Wednesday, does not redefine Judaism as a race or nationality. It does not claim that Jews are a nation or a different race. The order’s interpretation of Title VI—insofar as the law applies to Jews—is entirely in line with the Obama administration’s approach. It only deviates from past practice by suggesting that harsh criticism of Israel—specifically, the notion that it is “a racist endeavor”—may be used as evidence to prove anti-Semitic intent." Continue reading in Slate

 

"Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that she wrote a letter informing the federal government that communities in the state will continue welcoming refugees after the Trump administration began requiring written consent." Continue reading in the Free Press

 

 

 

American Jews Are Terrified

"In recent months, America has faced nearly nonstop reports of anti-Semitism in all forms. A swastika scrawled on the outside of a synagogue. A string of assaults against Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn. Jewish students pushed out of progressive circles on campuses because of their presumed views on Israel. Slurs shouted at Jews out shopping during a measles outbreak. Especially in the realm of politics, fear is extremely close to the surface: Any statement or action from the Trump administration related to Jews immediately conjures intense backlash from progressives, whether or not it’s based on facts.Continue reading in The Atlantic

 

"Was she the reason he was alive today?"
The first time he spoke to her, in 1943, by the Auschwitz crematory, David Wisnia realized that Helen Spitzer was no regular inmate. Zippi, as she was known, was clean, always neat. She wore a jacket and smelled good. They were introduced by a fellow inmate, at her request." 
Continue reading in the New York Times

"Thunberg began a global movement by skipping school: starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background that read Skolstrejk för klimatet: “School Strike for Climate.” In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history." Continue reading in TIME

 


    

    

    


The Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus is the voice of Jewish Michiganders within the Democratic Party - dedicated to standing up for Michigan’s Jewish community, combating antisemitism, and electing Democrats who share our values. In addition to providing financial and organizational support to endorsed candidates through our state and federal PACs, we work to strengthen the link between Michigan’s Jews and Democrats through strong communications and public events, increase Jewish representation in Michigan politics, and advocate for progressive policies that benefit all Michiganders.


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