Reminder: Veteran civil rights activist Dorothy Zellner addresses Jewish Voices for a Just Peace, tonight 18:30 PM

22 September 2014

Dorothy Zellner, a veteran of the Civil Rights movement in America will be addressing Jewish Voices for a Just Peace (JVJP), tonight, Tuesday 23rd September in Johannesburg. She founded the organisation ‘Jews Say No!’ and is a founding board member of Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre. Dorothy is also a volunteer for Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) in New York. She will be discussing Shifts in American Jewry, What the Occupation Means for Organising and General Issues on Palestine-Israel.


Date: Tonight Tuesday 23rd September
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Venue: Supper Room of the Main Hall Area St Luke’s Church, 18 High Road, Orchards
Media is invited to attend and report

About Dorothy Zellner:
Dorothy M. Zellner is a veteran of the U.S. civil rights movement and was a staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1962 to 1967. She worked with Julian Bond in
SNCC’s Communications Department in Atlanta, ran the Northeast Regional Office of SNCC, and also worked in Danville, Virginia. She spent the 1964 Freedom Summer in Greenwood, Mississippi.
After spending 20 years in the South, she returned to her hometown, New York City, where
she was a long-time staff member at the Center for Constitutional Rights and then at the City
University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. She is one of the six editors of the award winning
book Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC (University
of Illinois, 2010) and runs a small family foundation. As a Jewish activist against the Israeli
occupation of Palestine, she is a founding member of Jews Say No!, a volunteer with Jewish
Voice for Peace, and a founding Board member of the Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre.
For more information and media queries
Rina King – 076 785 7944
Jessica Sherman – 084 485 6704
South African Jewish Voices for a Just Peace (JVJP) is a group of Jewish South Africans who recognise that the South African Jewish community is not homogenous in its thinking and that there are many different views on Israel. Many Jews in our country are deeply troubled by the actions of Israel and the human rights abuses which are inflicted on Palestinians. Many Jews are afraid to speak about these abuses for fear of being ostracized. As such, JVJP aims to facilitate respectful dialogue and discussion amongst South African Jews.