The Oberlin Review

Students Divided over Hillel’s Event Sponsorship Decision

Sarah Conner, Staff Writer

April 17, 2015

Earlier this week, Rabbi Shimon Brand, director of Oberlin Hillel, allegedly pulled out from co-sponsoring an event about the Freedom Summer veterans, a group of Jewish veterans of the Civil Rights Movement. The exact reason for Brand’s decision to decline sponsorship of this event is unclear. Some involved in Hillel claim the organization never agreed to sponsor the event due to a lack of funds. However, others believe that Hillel initially agreed to sponsor the event and pulled out after learning about the veterans’ criticism of Israel and support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. “I had spoken with [Rabbi Brand] a few months ago about bringing the event, and I was very clear about what it was about,”...

Jewish Community Must Include Diverse Politics

Oberlin College Hillel

April 10, 2015

To the Editor: We, the undersigned members of the Oberlin Jewish community and of Oberlin College Hillel, publicly announce our support of the Freedom Summer Veterans panel held on April 8, 2015. Inspired by their deep-seated Jewish values, these three activists have devoted their lives to social justice. We are grateful to have had them come speak on Oberlin’s campus and had a moving experience listening and learning from Dorothy Zellner, Ira Grupper and Larry Rubin, as well as Professor Pam Brooks, chair of the Africana Studies department here at Oberlin. Some of us disagree with their stated stances on Israel-Palestine, and some of us agree with them. But all of us feel that their voices must be welcome in our...

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