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Jewish Voice for Peace Hosts “Gaza Not Forgotten:
A Jewish Ritual of Mourning and Solidarity”
On the first anniversary of Israel’s bombing of Gaza, Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area (JVPBA) held an outdoor public prayer service to mourn the nearly 2,200 lives which were lost in the course of last summer’s violence. JVPBA aimed to create a space for Bay Area residents to commemorate the loss of life, and to take steps towards action.
“We will gather to say Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, for the victims of last summer’s bombing on Gaza,” said Susannah Nachenberg, organizer with Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area. “We want to show that we have not forgotten them, and that we are committed to working for an end to the siege in Gaza and a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis.”
“We invite all members of the Bay Area community to join us in mourning the lives of our Palestinian brothers and sisters -- including more than 500 children -- many of whom died while seeking shelter in UN schools,” added Jennifer Susskind, JVPBA member and one of the event organizers.
“We have a special responsibility, both as Jews and as Americans, to denounce and try to prevent further Israeli military attacks on Gaza,” said Rabbi Gottlieb. “Jewish tradition provides us with language and tools to cope with this unfathomable loss, as well as a framework to discuss accountability.”
Organizers estimated that 150 people attended the July 22 evening event at Berkeley Civic Center Park.
### The Bay Area chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (www.jvp-bayarea.org) is the founding chapter of this national grassroots organization of Jews and their allies. We are inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace for all the people of Israel-Palestine, according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law. Jewish Voice for Peace nationally has over 200,000 online supporters, over 60 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.