U.S. Jewish Groups Pick Up the Baton and take the lead at anti-Trump Women’s March


Nationwide marches mark the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration aim at channeling female activism into political gains


Thousands of protesters turned out across the nation for the second Women’s March on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration with rallies aimed at channeling female activism into political gains in elections this year.

The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities are a reprise of the mass protests that marked the beginning of Trump’s presidency. Sister rallies were also planned in Britain, Japan and other countries.

“We will make our message heard at the polls this fall,” Emily Patton, a rally organizer, told thousands of demonstrators at the Reflecting Pool on Washington’s National Mall. “That is why we are urging people to register to vote today.”

Jewish groups will be participating in many of the marches. The National Council of Jewish Women expects tens of thousands of its members will attend events, CEO Nancy Kaufman told JTA.

In New York, NCJW, together with Workmen’s Circle, the left-wing culture and social justice group, and B’nai Jeshurun, a liberal nondenominational synagogue, are organizing a Jewish contingent. The contingent, which includes 20 other Jewish groups in addition to area synagogues, will march together led by a klezmer band. At the march, Kaufman and Ann Toback, executive director of the Workmen’s Circle, will both address the general crowd.

“We think it’s very, very important that we stand up as Jewish women to speak truth to power, and to say were not going to sit by and tolerate a complete assault on everything we’ve fought for for so many years,” Kaufman said.

Toback, who will speak on immigration and refugees in her speech, said it was important for Jewish groups to come together at the march.

“I’m honored and it’s an unbelievable opportunity to share our historic message of hope and activism, and really connect our Jewish tradition of activism, in particular the rallying cry we’ve had for decades now, ‘Never again,’ and to really apply it across the board to all of the different cultures that are now under attack,” Toback said.

NCJW chapters across the country will be sending delegations to their local marches. Although there were complaints when the march was scheduled on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, chapters are making accommodations: In Chicago, the organization is holding a Shabbat service in the city’s Millenium Park prior to walking to the march.

“For the organization, I think it was a really powerful way for us to stand together with women, and not just Jewish women, but all women and all people and really stand up for progressive values and social justice,” said Melissa Prober, executive director of NCJW Chicago North Shore.

Zioness, a group of self-described progressive Zionists, is organizing delegations to attend marches in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Sacramento. The Washington group is being led by Ann Lewis, a prominent Democratic political strategist who served as White House communications director under President Bill Clinton.

“Zioness is inspiring and empowering our country’s next generation of progressive leaders to wear their Zionist identities proudly, as they fight for human rights and women’s rights, health care, education, compassionate immigration reform, equal pay and equal dignity,” Lewis said in a statement. “These are voices we need in our public dialogue, and in public service.”

The decision to participate in the march wasn’t clear cut for everyone. All the Jewish groups interviewed said they took into account the controversy surrounding the political views of one of the march organizers, Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, in deciding whether and how to participate. Sarsour has spoken critically of Israel, and in one interview seemed to say that Zionism and feminism were incompatible.

Last year, NCJW waited to endorse the march until it had spoken directly with Sarsour to make sure the event would not turn into an opportunity for “Israel bashing,” Kaufman said.

“With that assurance, which was kept, we participated,” she said.

Kaufman said it was important for NCJW to come together with others on shared issues.

“Do we agree with Linda Sarsour and some of the things she’s said about Israel? Absolutely not, and we’ve been clear about that,” Kaufman said. “But we do not believe that we should be politicizing something where there is agreement.

“We don’t agree with Catholics around the issue of [reproductive] choice, but work with Catholics all the time on issues related to poverty and inequality.”

Toback said the Workmen’s Circle would not participate in an event where any members did not feel welcome, but that this was not the case for the Women’s March.

“Absolutely tomorrow, the Jewish community is welcome and everyone is going to feel included,” she said.

There was also another consideration for the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, which in 2017 sponsored the D.C. march but not the New York one, where protesters walked past Trump Tower.

“A year ago we felt that was more of a political statement than an empowering statement,” said its executive director, Jamie Allen Black.

However, this year the group decided to sponsor the New York march and will march with other Jewish groups.

“Just a year later, we’re both more aware of what’s happening in the world, and we are less sensitive about being perceived as standing up against some of this administration’s policies that directly hurt women and girls,” Black said.

Prober, who is expecting approximately 200 people from NCJW to attend the Chicago event, hopes the march will motivate people to keep fighting for important causes — which, according to the Chicago march’s website, include “reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant rights, affordable child care, racial justice, access for persons with disabilities, environmental protection, voting rights, and active citizenship.”

“I just hope that it’s another chance for people to get reinvigorated and inspired to keep working for social justice,” she said.

  1. #1 by nooralhaqiqa on 01/20/2018 - 9:34

    Absolutely no surprises here.

  2. #2 by lobro on 01/20/2018 - 9:34

    jews have been using women like a crowbar to pry humanity apart ever since eve got seduced by the snake, this dynamic seems to be part of the divine blueprint, viz, a global iq test … not to mention moral fibre.

    linda sarsour doesn’t have her ducks lined up, judaism and feminism are perfectly compatible, it is judaism and humanism that are not, one pairing represents fragmentation essential to parasite’s success, the other the basic conflict of two opposing unities.

  3. #3 by Kolo on 01/21/2018 - 9:34

    “Zioness is inspiring and empowering our country’s next generation of progressive leaders to wear their Zionist identities proudly, as they fight for human rights and women’s rights, health care, education, compassionate immigration reform, equal pay and equal dignity,”


  4. #4 by the observer on 01/21/2018 - 9:34

    what Linda has to do with your theory ,the Lady activist is a hijab wearing Muslim and of Palestinian origin .pls don’t mix apples with satanic fruits full of poisonous thorns

  5. #5 by Jahbulon on 01/21/2018 - 9:34


    “If a ‘goy’ (Gentile) hits a Jew he must be killed.” (Sanhedrin 58b)

    * “If a Jew finds an object lost by a ‘goy’ it does not have to be returned.” (Baba Mezia 24a)

    * “If a Jew murders a ‘goy’ there will be no death penalty.” (Sanhedrin 57a)

    * What a Jew steals from a ‘goy’ he may keep.” (Sanhedrin 57a)

    * “Jews may use subterfuges to circumvent a ‘goy.’” (Baba Kamma 113a)

    * “All children of the ‘goyim’ (Gentiles) are animals.” (Yebamoth 98a)

    * “Girls born of the ‘goyim’ are in a state of ‘niddah’ (menstrual uncleanness!) from birth.” (Abodah Zarah 36b)


    * “The ‘goyim’ are not humans. They are beasts.” (Baba Mezia 114b)

    * “If you eat with a ‘goy’ it is the same as eating with a dog.” (Tosapoth, Jebamoth 94b)

    * “Even the best of the ‘goyim’ should all be killed.” (Soferim 15)

    * “Sexual intercourse between the ‘goyim’ is like intercourse between animals.” (Sanhedrin 74b)

    * “When it comes to a Gentile in peace times, one may harm him indirectly, for instance, by removing a ladder after he had fallen into a crevice.” (Shulkan Arukh, Yoreh De ‘ah, 158, Hebrew Edition only)


    * “‘Yashu’ (derogatory for ‘Jesus’) is in Hell being boiled in hot excrement.” (Gittin 57a)

    [’Yashu’ is an acronym for the Jewish curse, ‘May his (Jesus) name be wiped out forevermore.’]

    * Yashu (Jesus) was sexually immoral and worshipped a brick.” (Sanhedrin 107b)

    * “Yashu (Jesus) was cut off from the Jewish people for his wickedness and refused to repent.” (Sotah 47a)

    * “Miriam the hairdresser had sex with many men.” (Shabbath 104b, Hebrew Edition only)

    * “She who was the descendant of princes and governors (the virgin Mary) played the harlot with carpenters.” (Sanhedrin 106a)

    * “Christians who reject the Talmud will go to hell and be punished there for all generations.” (Rosh Hashanah 17a)


  6. #6 by lobro on 01/22/2018 - 9:34

    the Lady activist is a hijab wearing Muslim

    what can we expect from a “hijab wearing lady muslim“‘s speech to the feminist multitudes, the sisterhood?
    defense of abortion, vagina monologues, FEMEN, Pussy Riot?
    what about lesbianism, will she leave that morsel to her sister-in-hijab, huma abedin, surely a keynote speaker.

    just don’t blame der ewige Jude, huh?
    as circassian, a proper muslim gent 😉 would say,

    AngloZionist Empire is a misnomer: there is no such thing as AngloZionist Empire – there is Anglo-American Empire.

    imo, there is nothing uglier and more putrid than muslims linking arms with jews, whether for short term gains or because they are all judas goats leading clueless brethren to the doors of the slaughterhouse or maybe they are out and out cryptos, the dönmeh, ziochristians got nothing on them.

    1 hijab = 6 yarmulkes, enough material there.

  7. #7 by the observer on 01/22/2018 - 9:34

    that was a hell of argument ,you have demonstrated again and again for a million times ,your deepest depth of the disdain you have for judas and anyone who associate with them.
    your theory is wrong .there are the good, the bad ,and the ugly in every race ,ethnicity and religion
    it’s a bad faulty logic when you paint a whole group of people in one brush.

    P.S aren’t you happy that DM is gone with the wind.?

  8. #8 by nomad on 02/03/2018 - 9:34

    Lobro…….you schmuck
    the ugly truth is that you and this site as well as DM and Noor’s blog among many so called alternative media websites are Zionists agents ,fakes,pure and simple.
    my middle finger salutes you all.

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