Finding Our Voice: The Conference for Progressives Constructively Addressing Anti-Semitism
Bay Area Jewish Organizations *see complete list below
Location: Date/Time:
Jewish Community High School of the Bay 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco CA 94115
1835 Ellis St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Contact Information: Other Info: Cost: Scholarships are available and must be arranged prior to the conference, $37 before 1/12/07, $48 after 1/12/07, $16 for students, Kosher lunch (dairy) included

***WE ARE SOLD OUT!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF FINDING OUR VOICE!  We cannot accept walk-ins. We have reached maximum capacity per fire code restrictions.  Please email us at to receive information about future events.

It is critical to the well-being of the Jewish community to maintain the ability to effectively advocate throughout the political spectrum without fear of anti-Semitism.  The Jewish community has a right to participate in political discourse without prejudice, bigotry and undue or disproportional criticism of Israel. The Finding Our Voice Conference will bring together speakers and activists in support of this position.  As a real-time, skills-building seminar, it will provide participants with techniques and methodologies for constructively addressing what has become an alarming trend.


The central mission of the Finding Our Voice Conference is three part:

  1. To educate politically active and progressive Jews and allies about the roots, nature, and extent of the new anti-Semitism and its interplay with traditional anti-Semitism;
  2. To mobilize and empower participants to respond to this phenomenon; and
  3. To galvanize a broad-based coalition of organizations and leaders to join together in continuing to recognize, expose, and resist this trend toward anti-Semitism.

Keynote Speaker: Anthony Julius

The keynote address will be given by renowned English writer and lawyer Anthony Julius who has gained world-wide prominence for challenging anti-Semitism.  He successfully defended Professor Deborah Lipstadt against spurious libel charges brought by Holocaust denier David Irving.  In 2005, Mr. Julius was instrumental in overturning England’s Association of University Teachers’ attempt to stage an academic boycott against Haifa University. Anthony defused another such attempt in 2006 against all Israeli universities by England’s National Association of Teachers in Higher Education.  He is increasingly seen in the press and at academic conferences addressing with nuance, calm, and sound logic the occurrence of anti-Semitism today.


Here is a link to Forum with Michael Krasny featuring Anthony Julius speaking about Finding Our Voice and the New Anti-Semitism:


Conference Co-Sponsors include:

New Israel Fund

Jewish Mosaic

Americans for Peace Now

Kehilla Community Synagogue

Congregation Sha'ar Zahav

Jewish Community Federation LGBT Alliance

Jewish Labor Committee

Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice

Berkeley Hillel

San Francisco Hillel

Silicon Valley Hillel

Hillel at Davis and Sacramento

Hillel at Stanford

Congregation Beth Israel-Judea

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley

Congregation Beth Am

Institute for Jewish and Community Research

j. the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California

Jewish Community High School of the Bay

Jewish Vocational Service

Anti-Defamation League

Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

Kehillah High School

Bridges to Israel - Berkeley

Temple Israel of Alameda

Temple Sinai of Oakland

Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley

Contra Costa JCC

Keddem Congregation

Holocaust Center of Northern California

Temple Beth Abraham

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Peninsula Jewish Community Center

The Working Group

Facing History and Ourselves

Congregation Beth El

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma counties

Congregation Kol Shofar

B’nai Brith International

American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Lehrhaus Judaica

Congregation Emanu-El

Santa Clara University Jewish Law Students Association


Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay

UC Davis Jewish Law Students Association

UC Hastings Jewish Law Students Association

Congregation Beth Sholom

Congregation Rodef Shalom

Shalom Bayit

Congregation Sherith Israel

Hadassah San Francisco

Educational Sessions include:

A. From the Caliph to the Ayatollah: Addressing Jewish Life Under Islamic Rule


Professor Fred Astren, San Francisco State University


B. That’s Not Funny: Cartoons and Editorials. What’s Legitimate and What Isn’t?


Rick Davis, Community Activist


C. The Old and New Anti-Semitism Become One


David Hirsh, University of London, Yale and Editor, Engage


D. Opposing the War While Opposing Anti-Semitism


Mark Leno, California Assembly Member


E. Dealing with Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions


Rev. Rebecca Kuiken

Anthony Julius


F. Peace is Not a Four-Letter Word: How I’ve Made the Peace Movement Inclusive


David Pine, Americans for Peace Now


F1. Essentials of the Longest Hatred: An All Too Speedy Overview of Anti-Semitism’s Long History



Fr. Bruce Bramlett






G. Understanding Internalized Anti-Semitism


Claudia Chaves, Licensed Professional Counselor

H. The Academy: Anti-Semitism on College Campuses


Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Assistant Dean, Bryn Mawr College

I. The Israel You Don’t Hear About: Movements for Social Change and Human Rights


Steve Rothman, New Israel Fund

Ishmael Khaldi, Deputy Counsel General of Israel, Israeli Bedouin


J.  An Imperfect Union: Keeping Anti-Semitism out of the Labor Movement


Mike Nye, California Federation of Teachers

Cookie Lommel, Jewish Labor Committee

K. Surviving and Thriving on the Political Left


David Hirsh, University of London, Yale and Editor,  Engage



Skill-Building Sessions include: 

L. Breaking Through the Myth of Jewish Whiteness


Members, Be’chol Lashon: Nzinga Kone, Lori Rosenstein, and Dennis Ybarra,

Facilitator: Booker Holton, Ph.D

M. Let’s Talk: Dialogue When There are Differing Perspectives on Zionism and Israel


Rachel Eryn Kalish, Compassionate Listening Project


N. Community Activists Respond to Anti-Semitism


Jonathan Bernstein, ADL

Bart Charlow, Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice

Mike Harris, Stand With Us


P. A Path to Jewish Self-Esteem



Claudia Chaves, Licensed Professional Counselor

P1. Discussions Between Intimate Strangers: Christians and Jews Talk About Israel and Anti-Semitism


 Fr. Bruce Bramlett

Q. Gender and Politics: Issues in the Women’s Movement



Lani Silver, Community Activist



Q1. The Story of the Jews from Arab Countries: The Antidote to Anti-Semitism


Natalie Zeituny, JIMENA


R. Advocacy Against Global Anti-Semitism


Anthony Julius

S. Emphasizing What’s Right in Israel


Jonathan Carey, BlueStarPR

T.  Crossing The Line—Friendships Across Political, Ethnic, National and Religious Boundaries


Wendy Kenin, America-Israel Friendship League

Leon Kenin, Religious Jewish Leftist


U. Using Positive Messages to Challenge Hate: Advocacy on the Campus




Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Assistant Dean, Bryn Mawr College

Alon Shalev, San Francisco Hillel

V. LGBT Inclusiveness: Keeping Blue and White Part of the Rainbow


Julie Dorf, Horizons Foundation

Ali Michael Cannon, Community Activist

Penny Rossenwasser, Jewish Voice for Peace

Kenny Altman, Past President, Congregation Beth Sholom

Moderator: Karen Erlichman, Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity


W. On the Spot Responses to Hurtful Language


David Hirsh, University of London, Yale and Editor, Engage

X. Community Activists Respond to Anti-Semitism


Jonathan Bernstein, ADL

Rabbi David Cooper, Kehilla Community Synagogue

 Y. How To Encourage Elected Representatives To Help Address Anti-Semitism


Steve Berley, Community Activist

Kriss Worthington, Berkeley City Council Member

Jonathan Wornick, Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission Member



 Parking Information: In addition to 100 free spaces at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay and ample street parking in its vicinity, the Japan Center Garage at 1610 Geary Boulevard has 920 parking spaces available at reasonable rates.

***Please Note: In order to provide a safe and secure environment for our program, please be prepared to show photo ID and have your bags searched by security personnel.  We appreciate your cooperation and assistance in making Finding Our Voice a success.

*Keren Keshet - The Rainbow Foundation and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay are pleased to welcome to its facility a wide variety of views from within the Jewish community while not necessarily opposing or endorsing any of them.