Why is this happening in a church basement?

by Philip Weiss on June 18, 2010 · 69 comments

On Tuesday night in the basement of the Advent Lutheran Church on the Upper West Side in NY, an ad hoc group of Jews sponsored a forum about “Jewish perspectives” on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS), with a panel of four Jews, two for and two against, and about 200 people jammed into the sweaty basement.

The event soon morphed into a spirited discussion about Zionism, and is there such a thing as a Jewish democratic state; and the most obvious question came up halfway through, Why is this happening in a church? Gail Miller of Jews Say No answered, “A number of us approached every synagogue and every Jewish center in the city” and were turned down repeatedly– later Miller specified that they had gone to six synagogues and two Jewish centers.

So much for free debate inside the Jewish community.

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