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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

And people think it's just me

It's NOT just me. This comes all the way from Israel by way of the Bay Area. It just boggles my mind. Best line in the post: "This is the Bay Area we're talking about; the place where 'if it can't be solved with wheat germ and tofu, it's gotta be a Zionist plot'." So right on. So sadly correct. So very very pathetic.

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OpenID cahwyguy said...

Now, you must note that I'm a native SOUTHERN Californian, which is significant regarding what I'm about to say*.

In every large Jewish community, there are outlyers, folks that do things that leave you shaking your head. In all my years of moderating my Jewish mailing lists, I've seen it all over the country. From my personal experience in NORTHERN California synagogues, and with my knowledge of the rabbis up there I know personally, I don't think this is representative of Bay Area Judaism as a whole.

As Jews, I don't think we should be so quick to stereotype a particular geographic area, movement, or particular group. We know far too well the effects of such stereotyping.

*: Let's just say that there is often no love lost between Northern and Southern California. Often, it is as if we are two distinct states. Note that the animosity, though, is Nothern against Southern, not as much vice-versa. But we didnt steal their water.

30/4/08 7:16 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Well, as a native Californian that has lived in BOTH areas of the state, the difference between north and south is similar to the difference between Birmingham Alabama and New York City as it pertains to the Jews. NoCal= 80% intermarriage rate. NoCal = <20% actual involvement in ANYTHING Jewish (JCCs, shuls, federation, whatever). I know you don't want to admit it, and that's fine, but in MY experience with 4 LONG years in the Bay Area, I've never seen such rampant antisemitism, even when I lived in North Carolina. I've never seen such hatred for the Jewish, and such self-hatred by the Jews. I've NEVER been in a shul where a huge macher's bar mitzvah was INTERRUPTED by a pro-palestinian speech by the daughter of a shul member, unbeknownst to the BM family but INVITED by the Rabbi, where there were members of the BM's family that were Israeli victims of Palestinian bombings. Now YOU explain that away....

I'm not stereotyping, I'm relating exactly what my experience was there. People were highly intolerant of ANY overt celebration of Judaism. It's the only place I know of in the USA where armed guards stand outside shuls on shabbas. For a reason.

30/4/08 7:38 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

When I was in college we called those types of "cause of the week" radical activists "Crispies". I find they blow a lot of smoke without much substance, and at the end of the day without much result either.

I fought the good zionist activist fight in college. These days I have enough to do just keeping my head above water. I did my part - I actually put my money where my mouth was and moved here. Let the younger ones take to the streets of America. I'm busy supporting the State of Israel every time I buy a quart of milk.

1/5/08 3:15 AM  

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