Tuesday, April 4, 2017

JVP National Conference and movie in Woodstock

I am thankful to the people of our Hudson Valley communities and others throughout the U.S. who have been engaged in vitally important gatherings and actions of resistance in these difficult times, critical to the future of us all.  Old and new voices are joining together, contributing insights, experiences and skills towards creating a more sane, honest and non-violent world.  

I have recently returned from a conference of Jewish Voice for Peace where 1000 people from across the U.S. and internatlionally have confronted difficult issues and have returned with renewed strength to enter into our collective struggle for human rights and dignity for all.  One of the amazing women I met at the conference was Alice Rothchild, Jewish-American obstetrician-gynecologist who has worked in health care reform and women's movements for many years.  

From 2004 to 2013, she was Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University.  Her second and concomitant career as writer and film-maker came out of her visits to Israel and Palestine.  She has brought delegations to the region, her most recent visit with Physicians for Social Responsibility. Raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust, Rothchild was opened to harsh realities and new realizations.  She has written, filmed and traveled the U.S. doing book readings, film screenings, analytic presentations.  

This Friday night, April 7. Alice Rothchild will be in Woodstock, 7 pm at Woodstock Town Hall, through a Skype interview together with her enlightening film "Voices Across the Divide" that documents interviews of rarely-heard personal stories.  Rothchild sees - as we all must and as it has come home to our communities - that our future rests on ethical behavior and personal responsibility - not on nationalistic orientation.  I urge you to be there!

Jane Toby