In November I wrote an article for Jewish Currents about the Forward, the largest American Jewish publication, and their decision to include Laura Loomer, a self described 'alt right' Jew as one of the 50 most influentials Jews of 2017, while at the same time excluding anyone left of center.
For six days in early September, Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa was runningmate to Daniel Biss for Governor of Illinois. The two split over their views on the movement to use Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions on the state of Israel to end the occupation and guarantee the right of return for Palestinians. I wrote this response for the Jewish Solidarity Caucus, an informal group of Jews organizing with the Democratic Socialists of America.
For the second issue of Schmalz I got more contributors. I interview a friend about being a worker organizer in the food service industry and another friend about collecting gospel records. My friend Leah, who grew up speaking Yiddish, submitted her father's kharoses recipe. Like the first issue, you can pick it up at Quimby's.