Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9am, 1128 Pine Street, Boulder Colorado
Yom Kippur Services, Congregation Nevei Kodesh,
First Congregational Church
Plan to meet at the public alley just south of First. Cong
(between Pine Street and Spruce Street.)
Sept 27, 2012
After Action Report:
Well I think it went pretty well. (it wasn't raining!)
only one guy spit on me.
in the 2.5 hrs i stood vigil, only about 50 congregants came through the entrance where I was standing. One other advocate for Free Palestine showed up about 9:00am for about 20 minutes. My break out of the reactions of the Jews attending:
50% averted their eyes and would not take a brochure (not openly or aggressively hostile)
25% actually said "Thank You" or smiled and said they understood and took a brochure. One person took a few minutes to express how important it was to confront the congregation with this appeal to stop supporting Israel and said don't be intimidated by the reactionary hostility.
25% hostile and even aggressive -- one guy raised his fist threatening to strike but this turned out to be just a feint to express his displeasure. some actually used the f word. some said this protest was inappropriate at such a progressive congregation. yet most expressing this sentiment said the point was Israel was not doing ethnic cleansing and besides where else could they go?! engaged a few in actual discussion of the issues.
the 25% hostile group confirms my suspicion that even among the most "progressive" (self described) Jewish congregations, there are plenty of ardent supporters of the Zionist project and ethnic cleansing deniers, which gives me the moral authority and impetus to continue this vigil action at other local synagogues. Though I hope I can figure out which local synagogues are the most belligerently supportive of Israel.
Thanks guys for all your support. (I actually had a great time -- thrilled and invigorated!)