Park Slope Food Coop

Park Slope Coop Should Stick To Food, Not Politics

11/29/2016 - 16:12

When the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn was founded in 1973, it had a worthy mission: to make healthy and affordable food available to everyone who wanted it. But recently, the Coop appears to have lost its way. In April, it suspended four loyal, long-time members for a whole year – three of them members from the Coop’s inception. The reason? Allegedly, the four disrupted a Coop meeting. But they were singled out from among hundreds of Coop members who vociferously objected to a hateful and bigoted anti-Israel presentation at a Coop meeting, which was aimed at getting the Coop to boycott an Israeli company called SodaStream.

Susan B. Tuchman and Morton A. Klein

NY Food Co-Op Votes To Require Supermajority To Approve Boycotts

02/02/2016 - 13:04

A cooperative grocery store in New York voted to require a supermajority of 75 percent to approve future boycotts in reaction to a BDS attempt to boycott the Israeli firm SodaStream.

Park Slope Food Co-Op

At Park Slope Food Coop, BDS Fight Metastasizes

Quirky grocery store’s unwieldy democracy keeps tensions high, and resolution unlikely.

12/01/2015 - 19:00
Web Director

It’s back.

Or maybe BDS never left the Park Slope Food Coop, the member-run Brooklyn grocery store that in 2012 debated whether or not to join the BDS movement.

Core controversy: A Park Slope Food Coop member tends to the market’s apple selection. Helen Chernikoff/JW

Case Studies Offer Help In Countering Challenges To Israel’s Legitimacy

01/24/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As the managing director of the Israel Action Network (IAN), I am resolving to become an even stronger advocate for both Israel and peace and reconciliation in the Middle East this year. We have learned a lot about how to do this. For starters, instead of focusing on what we believe those concerned with these issues need to hear, we must resolve to reflect on how to better address their concerns. In other words, to effectively respond to assaults on Israel’s legitimacy, we must become better listeners -- thoughtful and strategic.

Vilification Has No Place In Debates On Israel

03/26/2012 - 20:00
Special To the Jewish Week

When our Brooklyn synagogue recently hosted two former State Department veterans, Elliot Abrams and Robert Malley, a few congregants and even a local merchant objected to our having invited Mr. Abrams, a known “war criminal.”  

Similarly, when our synagogue hosted Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian academic, others claimed our pulpit now had “Jewish blood on its hands.”  Another congregant asked, “How can you invite Malley?  He and the president hate Jews.”

Rabbi Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.
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