For the third consecutive year, JVP DC hosted a Tashlich service for our members and supporters. Tashlich offers us all the chance to recognize, feel in our bodies, and release the ways in which we have missed the mark this year, both personally and collectively. Tashlich is an opportunity to ritualize and deepen our personal and collective commitments to justice in the coming year.
To facilitate spaces for community-building and explore the role of spiritual practices in our movement for justice, we hosted the first of what will be monthly Havdalah gatherings. Havdalah is a ceremony that takes place on Saturday evenings to mark the end of Shabbat and the beginning of the week.
JVP DC partnered with Voices from the Holy Land to present a free film screening and discussion of The Occupation of the American Mind, which explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. Photo by Chase Carter
Photographer Anne Paq & journalist Ala Qandil joined us for a screening and discussion of their incredible multimedia project and film, Obliterated Families, which details the lives of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza who lost their families during Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 Israeli offensive in Gaza. Experience their project first-hand through their website. Photos by Chase Carter