”Moriel Rothman-Zecher spent four days with us in Philadelphia in March 2015. We only wish it could have been longer! Mori used original poetry, personal storytelling and thoughtful conversation (both speaking and listening) to educate us about the challenges facing Israel and the Jewish people.
His diverse audiences left his presentations inspired to continue their learning and activism and blessed by Mori’s wisdom and compassion.”
-Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Director, Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
“Moriel Rothman-Zecher is the perfect speaker for a student audience.
He was able to animate the Palestine-Israel conflict by putting a personal, youthful face on it, while breaking down the facile dichotomies of ‘Arabs’ versus ‘Jews.’ He engages students directly and passionately, while presenting information that helps them better understand what the struggle over Palestine is all about.”
-Professor Riad Bahhur, Department of History, Sacramento City College.
”Moriel Rothman-Zecher’s appearance was an electric combination of spoken word poetry, political philosophy, and hard-won, humble truths about Israel today and being an anti-occupation activist.
His words were an inspiring reminder of the power of Jewish ethics in action, and of the tremendous resources we have in a progressive, compassionate Judaism to create real change.”
-Aaron Madow, ”Open Hillel” Campus Outreach Coordinator.
On March 3, 2015, Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life – Hillel welcomed activist Moriel Rothman-Zecher to speak in our building.
Moriel is fluent in the language of the mainstream American Jewish culture, the language of religious Jews committed to the literacy and traditions of their faith, and the language of those passionate about ending the occupation and confronting all forms of injustice.
Much like his poetry, which seamlessly and creatively incorporates English, Hebrew and Arabic, his powerful and deeply personal message to the Hillel community wove all of these languages together in a beautifully poignant and compelling way.
-Marni Blitz, Associate Director, Center for Jewish Life/Hillel at Princeton University.
“Mori’s talk was sharp and creative, and I left inspired by his commitment to Judaism, activism and peace.
His talk has since propelled our community into important conversations about Israel, Palestine and the role we play.”
-Maya Rosen, Princeton Student.
“Moriel’s spirit, his neshomah, channels the great Yiddish storytellers of old.
His stories expose the powerful injustices and daily absurdities happening in Israel/Palestine, and his words bring to life the intensely human moments of his experiences.”
-Amit Deutsch, Activist and Stanford Alum.