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June 20, 2003

Action: Call your elected representatives, June 21, 2003


Reminder: Tomorrow is the day!

The following call to action was received by e-mail:


ONE VOICE: JEWISH WOMEN FOR ISRAEL

www.onevoice4Israel.org

Announces

TAKE FIVE: CALL CONGRESS FOR ISRAEL

A CALL-IN DAY ACTION GUIDE FOR MONDAY, JUNE 21ST


What is ONE VOICE? A unique coalition of women's organizations, which represents a broad spectrum of Jewish political and religious views. We stand in solidarity with the State of Israel and for a strong and enduring US-Israel relationship. We support America and Israel in the fight against terror and commit to fighting the scourges of anti-Semitism, bigotry and racism wherever it exists.

Participating Coalition Members: AMIT; Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc.; Jewish Women International; JOFA, The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance; NA'AMAT USA; National Council of Jewish Women; Women of Reform Judaism; Women's American ORT; Women's Branch of the Orthodox Union.

How can you add YOUR voice?

On Monday, June 21st, we ask you to Take Five and Take to the Phones. Five minutes, that is, to call your elected officials to ask for their support in ombating anti-Semitism. These are critical times for Israel and the Jewish people. We cannot afford to be complacent. In the words of Hillel, "If I am not for myself who am I? And when I am [only] for myself what am I? If not now, when?"

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO!

Call your Senators and your Representative at 202-224-3121 or you can find
their direct line at www.Senate.gov or www.House.gov.

Please use (or paraphrase) the following message.

"Hello. This is (your name) I am a constituent of the Senator (Congressman/woman) calling from (your city, state). (If applicable). I would like to thank the Senator (Congressman/woman) for his/her past support of Israel.

I am calling now to express my concern about the increase in anti-Semitic acts around the world and in the USA. Today's anti-Semitism takes two forms: the "old" anti-Semitism is epitomized by Nazi Germany and finds echoes in attacks on individual Jews, the vandalism of synagogues and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries. The "new" form wears the guise of anti-Zionism and questions the legitimacy of Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people and its right to provide for the security of all its citizens.

I would like to urge the establishment of an office within the State Department to monitor, examine and fight instances of anti-Semitism worldwide and then make an annual report on its findings and activities.

I also urge the Senator (Congressman/woman) to encourage the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)* to appoint a high level envoy to ensure sustained attention with respect to fulfilling OSCE commitments from the Berlin Declaration on the reporting of anti-Semitic crimes.

Today, the United Nations is holding a seminar on anti-Semitism. In that regard, I would like to see the Senator (Congressman/woman) encourage President Bush to call upon the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, as the host of the OSCE conference, to introduce a measure at the United Nations condemning anti-Semitism.

Thank you and I look forward to being in touch with this office in the future."

* More information on the OSCE conference and the Berlin Declaration can be
found on our website at www.onevoice4Israel.org


*** Three Easy Ways to Promote Call-In Day***

1. Spread this message via your email address book.

2. Ask your Rabbi to announce this from the bimah.

3. Print this sheet and give it to 5 friends or family members.

For more information contact:

One Voice: Jewish Women for Israel, www.onevoice4Israel.org
Onevoice4Israel@yahoo.co
212-792-6295

6 East 39th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10016

June 18, 2003

Anne Frank's Diary at the Holocaust Memorial in DC
It had not occurred to me that the Diary had never before been to America. Here is an instructive take on the effect her writing usually has on its readers:
But to read the entire entry for July 15, 1944, as Bloomfield did, is to realize Anne's painful struggle, her ideals and faith battling fear and desperation. In the next breath after that famous line, she wrote, "I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us, too."

Says Bloomfield, "It's over a month after D-Day, a moment when this child should be filled with hope and yet she is not." Anne called her internal tension "that enormous gap." The girl who pressed her face to a window crack to breathe in the outside world did want to believe good would prevail, yet demanded to know, "Who has inflicted this on us?"

"She's not a philosopher, but she's trying to reflect on this mystery," says Lawrence Graver, an Anne Frank scholar at Williams College. In the American telling of Anne's story, Graver said, this mystery is often overwhelmed by myth and sentiment, and given, in effect, a happy ending -- Anne lives on through her diary, becoming "a ubiquitous emblem of hope." This allows her diary to be read almost as an uplifting introduction to the systematic murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust, which Sagan cautions is not necessarily "the fair or the right lesson to draw."
Cross-posted at Prolegomena.