rad(ical) jews…

by tobybee

a couple of plugs for some excellent things going on in the Melbourne Jewish community…

first off, a few of us yidden who are involved in Occupy Melbourne have organised an Occupy Chanukah for erev Chanukah, or this coming Tuesday night. Here’s the info:

We invite everyone to attend a radical celebration of Chanukah.

What is Chanukah?

Chanukah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.

The Chanukah story is a tale of successful revolt against an empire and of an inspiring resilience and resistance of an oppressed peoples. ‘Occupy Chanukah’ will ask what we can learn from this story, what different interpretations are offered, how we can go about building a critique of the Jewishnesses that are state-centred in the Chanukah story and will explore some of the radical possibilities that diasporic Jewishness/Judaism present us with.

Join us, whether Jewish or non-Jewish, for an evening of discussions, songs, storytelling, dreidel spinning and latke and chocolate eating.

We encourage you to bring along something to share – whether it’s a reading of some sort, some food, or a dreidel!

when? December 20th (erev Chanukah) from 5.30 – 6.30pm
where? the Occupy Melbourne site (currently Flagstaff Gardens, but keep an eye out for location changes)

so come! join us! if you want to check out the facebook event (to let us know you’re coming, or share the info around with others etc etc), it’s here

And secondly, Dave Slucki, a postdoc in Jewish Studies at Monash Uni (and whose words have appeared here at jewonthis) has a book coming out, based on his PhD thesis. The book is called The International Jewish Labor Bund after 1945: Toward a Global History, and you can pre-order it here. So, we say a massive mazaltov to Dave, and tell the rest of you to get on it – get a copy so you can learn a whole lot about an important part of modern Jewish history (and you can support young Jewish academics while you’re at it)!