Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Voices Across the Divide

Over 20 came to see this movie and discuss the interviews

Friday, April 7 from 7 to 9 pm: showing of “Voices Across the Divide” at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker St. This award winning free film explores the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories. Its director, Alice Rothchild, is a Jewish-American obstetrician and filmmaker raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel. Dr. Rothchild will be interviewed by Skype for the Woodstock film showing.

Cosponsors: Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS and Hudson Valley Jewish Voice for Peace. Contact: or 518 291-6808

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

When Pigs Have Wings

-Friday, March 3 from 7 to 9 pm: showing of “When Pigs have Wings” at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker St. One day Jaafar, a hapless Palestinian fisherman, catches a Vietnamese pig in his net. His adventures are outrageous and entertaining, but this political parable also has a satirical bite. Winner of Munich and Tokyo film festivals. This free movie is cosponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS and Hudson Valley Jewish Voice for Peace. Contact: or 518 291-6808.

We had a nice turnout, about 30 people in our new venue, the Woodstock Town Hall. The movie provoked some good discussion too. Was it too lenient on the Israeli Defense Force? Or was the film an allegory that helps viewers understand subjugation and racism? 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Woodstock Free Speech Resolution passed!

Nic and I just returned from tonight's meeting of the Woodstock Town Board, and we're thrilled to announce that the board approved the Woodstock Free Speech Resolution!

Thanks to Alan Levine (First Amendment Rights attorney) and Donna Nevel (former national board member of Jewish Voice for Peace) for their powerful panel discussion this past summer on Governor Cuomo's Executive Order #157; to Alan Sussman (local First Amendment Rights attorney) for his compelling letter to the Woodstock Town Board about free speech and the right to boycott; to members of the Woodstock Town Board, who supported this Resolution; and to MECR and to all of the people who supported Woodstock Free Speech and who signed the online and/or hard-copy of the Woodstock Free Speech Resolution.

Helaine and Nic

Friday, December 23, 2016

Standing against racism in Kingston, NY

MECR was privileged to join Hudson Valley Jewish Voice For Peace
in Kingston, NY. We had about 75 participants and got great
coverage in the Kingston Freeman.